Seven Football Players Honored By The NESCAC
November 16, 2006
Seven members of the Middlebury College football team earned post-season honors today when the NESCAC announced its all-conference teams. Seniors Jamie Staples (Pacific Grove, Calif.), Steve Hauschka (Needham, Mass.) and Kevin Ryan (Shelton, Conn.), along with junior Erik Woodring (Cos Cob, Conn.) earned first-team honors. Seniors Stefan Hrdina (W. Redding, Conn.) and Scott Secor (Odessa, Mich.), along with junior Chad Guerrero (Essex, Vt.) were named to the second-team. The group helped lead the Panthers to an impressive 6-2 record this season, with sole possession of third place in the league standings.
Staples is a first-team selection at tight end for the Panthers. The three-year starter led the team with 30 receptions for 313 yards this season, including a touchdown. He caught a season-high eight passes for 85 yards in the season-opening win over Wesleyan. Staples ends his career tied for fourth on Middlebury's all-time list with 94 career receptions.
Hauschka is a first-team selection as both a kicker and a punter this year after earning second-team honors for the previous two seasons. The senior 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. Hauschka was second in the league with a 37.9 yard punting average this season. More impressively, 17 of his 52 punts landed inside the opponent's 20 yard line. After a tremendous performance at Colby this season, he was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his punting excellence. He ends his career tied for third on the school's all-time list with a 36.5 yard punting average.
Ryan earns first-team honors on the defensive line after being a member of the second-team for the past two seasons. The senior had a huge year on defense for the Panthers, leading the nation, while breaking the school and NESCAC single-season record with 15.5 sacks in eight games. He ends his career tied for first with Paul Shull '00 with 21 career sacks.
Woodring is a first-team selection at linebacker, after leading the team and 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 sixth on the school's all-time list after just three seasons. Woodring was in double digits in tackles four times this season, including 17 in the season-ending shutout over Tufts. He also was tied for the team-lead this season with six pass break-ups.
Hrdina earns second-team honors at running back for the Panthers. The senior led the team this season with 53.6 yards rushing per game with three touchdown runs. He had his best game of the season on opening day, as he carried the ball 32 times for 139 yards in a win over Wesleyan. He came back the next week with two touchdown runs and 94 yards on the ground in a win over Colby.
Secor is a second-team selection after earning all-conference honors a year ago, as well as NESCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in '03. The senior was tied for second on the team with 44 tackles in '06, while ranking second with two interceptions. He ends his career as the school's all-time leader in interceptions with 11, while ranking third with 223 tackles.
Guerrero was also a second-team choice, earning the honor on the Middlebury defensive line. The junior finished the season with 14 tackles, including 4.5 for lost yardage. Guerrero had 2.5 sacks this season, while recovering a pair of fumbles.