November 20, 2012

Seven named to All-NCAC squad

The North Coast Athletic Conference announced its postseason award-winners and Denison University landed seven players on the squads.  The list of seven players was highlighted by first-team selections, Sam Fioroni and Braden Layer.

Fioroni was named first-team All-NCAC for the second-straight season after leading the NCAC in rushing for the second time.  He gained 1,225 yards on the ground and also led the team in receptions with 65.  He leaves Denison as the school's career leader in all-purpose yards (4,675), and is fourth in career rushing yards (2,916) and seventh in career receptions (117).  His 1,225 yards rushing was the third-highest single-season total in DU history.

Layer is making his second all-conference appearance and his first appearance on the first-team after earning honorable mention accolades in 2011.  Layer led the team in receiving yards with 770 and finished third in the conference in receiving yards per game.  He scored a career-high six touchdowns and caught 57 passes.  Layer is the fifth wide receiver from Denison to be named first-team all-conference.  He is also the first wide receiver from Denison to receive the award since 1997.

Offensive tackle, Matt Cochran was named to the second-team.  He was joined by senior defensive end, Lane Hartfield who made his second-straight appearance on the NCAC's second-team.  Cochran was the team's starting left tackle.  While protecting senior quarterback Max Paulus' blindside, he was also busy giving Fioroni plenty of open gaps to run through.  Hartfield started all 10 games and finished the year with 37 tackles and 5.5 sacks.  He tied for the team lead with 11.5 tackles to go along with one blocked kick.  Hartfield totaled 122 tackles while playing in all 40 career games on the defensive line.

Earning honorable mention recognition was Paulus, Alex Sycher and Teddy Kuntz. Paulus threw for a career-high 2,117 yards while completing 61 percent of his pass attempts.  He became Denison's career leader in touchdown passes (53), completions (587), and yards (6,545).

Sycher led the team in tackles for the second time in his career, totaling 63 on the year.  In 34 career games, he leaves Denison with 206 career tackles.  Kuntz also enjoyed his best season in a Big Red uniform.  He racked up 28 tackles and a career-high 11.5 tackles for a loss.  His seven sacks in 10 games led the team.

View the 2012 All-NCAC team