Football Players Earn NESCAC Honors

November 17, 2005

11/17/05 - Four members of the <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Middlebury College football team were honored today by the NESCAC. Senior Coleman Hutzler (Las Vegas, Nev.) and junior Scott Secor (Lake Odessa, Mich.) were named to the conference's first-team, while juniors Kevin Ryan (Shelton, Conn.) and Steve Hauschka (Needham, Mass.) were second-team honorees.

After earning second-team honors a year ago, Hutzler had another stellar year on the Middlebury defense. The linebacker led the team and the NESCAC with 93 tackles on the season, including eight tackles for lost yardage, two sacks and two interceptions. He had 10 or more tackles six times this season, including a 17-tackle effort against Colby. The senior ends his career at Middlebury second only to All-American Andy Steele, with 246 career tackles. He also had 26 TFL, 10 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Secor, the NESCAC's defensive rookie of the year on '03, earned first-team honors during his third season. The junior led the team and was tied for the NESCAC lead with four interceptions in '05. He was third on the team with 60 tackles, while ranking second with four pass break-ups. The safety had a dozen tackles this season vs. Amherst, while earning 13 stops against Trinity. He had a pair of picks at Bates, returning them for 77 yards combined.

Ryan earned second-team honors on the defensive line for the second consecutive season. The junior was second on the team with six tackles for lost yardage this season, while ranking fifth with 40 tackles. His biggest game of the season was against Trinity, where he racked up a dozen tackles on the afternoon.

Hauschka is also a repeat on the second-team, after earning the honor as the team's kicker last season. The junior converted four of six field goals this season, including a pair of 42-yarders. He was always a threat from long distance, while also sending several kick-offs through the end zone for touchbacks. Hauschka converted 15 of 18 extra points in '05.

With their great efforts this season, Hutzler and Secor were also named to the prestigious Division III All-New England football team. Just eight NESCAC players were selected, with 28 players from 19 different teams earning the honor.