Ryan Leads Four Panthers With More All-East Awards

January 26, 2007

More post-season awards were handed out recently as four Middlebury College football players were selected to Don Hansen's Football Gazette Division III all-East Region team. Senior defensive lineman Kevin Ryan (Shelton, Conn.) earned First Team accolades; junior linebacker Erik Woodring (Cos Cob, Conn.) made the Third Team, while seniors Jamie Staples (Pacific Gove, Calif.) and Steve Hauschka (Needham, Mass.) were tabbed as Honorable Mentions at tight end and punter respectively.

Ryan had huge year on defense for the Panthers, breaking the school and NESCAC single-season record with 15.5 sacks in eight games. He was ranked #1 in Division III in sacks per game (1.9/game). He ends his career as the school leader in sacks in a game (six), sacks in a season (15.5), and tied for first with 21 career sacks.

Woodring led the team and the NESCAC with 88 tackles this season. The junior had another big year on defense, after finishing '05 second on the team with 73 tackles. He now has 201 tackles in three seasons, putting him seventh on the school's all-time list.

Hauschka broke the school's single-season record with 10 field goals this season, going 10-12 on the year. He owns the school record with 20 career field goals. As a punter, his exceptional 37.9 yard average was only outdone by his ability to pin in opponents deep in their own territory--17 of his 52 punts landed inside the opponent's 20 yard line.

Staples led all NESCAC tight ends with 30 receptions for 313 yards this season. For the last two seasons he was the top receiver for the Panthers and ends his career tied for fourth on Middlebury's all-time list with 94 receptions. He is also the all-time leader in receptions by a tight end at Middlebury.