Seven Football Players Garner NESCAC Honors

November 25, 2004

11/22/04 - Seven members of the <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Middlebury College football team were named to the All-NESCAC team. Seniors Mike Keenan (Rutland, Vt.), Tom Cleaver (Severna Park, Md.) and Rich Decembrele (Walpole, Mass.) were named to the first team, while senior Bryan Lodigiani (St. Petersburg, Fla.), junior Coleman Hutzler (Las Vegas, Nev.),  and sophomores Kevin Ryan (Shelton, Conn.) and Steve Hauschka (Needham, Mass.) were all second-team selections. The group helped lead the Panthers to a strong 3-1 finish and a 4-4 overall record in '04.

Keenan is the league's first-team quarterback for the second consecutive season. He led the NESCAC with 215.8 yards passing/game and was ranked second in the league with a 111.3 efficiency rating. He connected on 155 of 290 passes for 1726 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. He ends his career at Middlebury as the school's most prolific passer, holding eight school records, including  most completions in a game (31), in a season (155) and in a career (397). He also holds marks for passing yards in a game (427), season (1,726) and in a career (4,544), as well as touchdown passes in a game (5) and in a career (38).

Cleaver is also a repeat member of the All-NESCAC first-team after another stellar season. He led the NESCAC with 7.75 receptions/game as well as 117.9 yards receiving/contest. He caught 62 passes this year for 943 yards with five touchdowns. He ends his career at Middlebury with school records for most catches in a season (62 in '04), most yards receiving in a season (943 in '04) and in a career (1,974). <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

After earning second-team honors a year ago, Decembrele was named to the first-team in '04. The linebacker was second on the team with 74 tackles this season, including nine for lost yardage and nine pass break-ups. the senior also forced two and recovered two fumbles, while having 10 or more tackles four times this season, including 15 vs. Amherst.

Lodigiani is a second-team selection as an offensive lineman. He has started all 24 games during the last three seasons after converting from the defensive line. This year, he helped anchor a Middlebury offensive line that was second in the NESCAC in passing offense.

Hutzler earns second-team honors as a linebacker. This season, he led Middlebury with 72 tackles, including 9.5 for lost yardage. He also paced the team with six sacks and was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week after a 19 tackle performance at Hamilton.

Ryan earns second-team honors as a defensive lineman. The sophomore was seventh on the team this season with 35 tackles, while leading the team with 13 tackles for lost yardage. His 13 lost yardage tackles cost his opponents 45 yards, with four of them coming via the sack.

Hauschka earns second-team honors as both a punter and a place kicker. He earned the starting spot in his first year on the team this past fall. He was 11 of 12 on extra-point kicks this season, while converting six of 10 field goals attempts. Hauschka also handled the punting duties, where he averaged 37.1 yards/boot, including 13 kicks inside the 20-yard line.