November 20, 2009
Around the Horn
Four garner league awards
Susquehanna captured four of the Liberty League's five major yearly football awards and placed nine players on the all-Liberty first team, as announced on Nov. 17.
Susquehanna's senior running back Dave Paveletz, junior placekicker/punter Bobby Eppleman and freshman defensive back Jalon Scott are the league's Offensive Player, Special Teams Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively, while head coach Steve Briggs leads the Coaching Staff of the Year. Both Scott and the 13 total coaches are unanimous selections. In addition, five Susquehanna players earned all-league honorable-mention awards, including Eppleman, a first-team placekicker and honorable-mention punter this year. He has earned honors at both positions for the second straight year.
Joining Paveletz, Eppleman and Scott on the all-Liberty first team are sophomore quarterback Rich Palazzi, senior split end J.J. Moran, senior offensive lineman Drew Champney, junior offensive lineman Ryan Schumann, senior defensive end Pete Johnsen and senior linebacker Erich Majors. Five Crusaders earned all-league honorable mention, including Eppleman, junior offensive lineman James Rogers, junior defensive back Braden Klingler, senior defensive lineman Marc McDonough and sophomore linebacker Mitch Phillips.
Paveletz, a team captain, leads the Liberty and ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division III in both rushing yards (1,347) and rushing yards per game (134.7). He owns the Susquehanna career-rushing-yards (4,664) and career-rushing-touchdowns records (47).
Eppleman, a 2009 preseason and 2008 postseason D3football.com All-America punter, had the best placekicking season of his career in 2009. He leads all Liberty placekickers in both points-after-touchdowns (31-for-32) and total points (52) this year. He has made seven of 11 field goals-including a Lopardo-stadium record 44-yarder-and three of his kickoffs have gone for touchbacks. He has averaged 33.3 yards per punt this year (with a long of 53).
Despite playing most of the season with a cast on his right hand, Scott leads the Liberty in interceptions (six) and Susquehanna in pass breakups (eight) and passes defended (14). The 14 passes defended also rank second in the league. He has made 59 tackles this year (39 solo), including one for a loss of six yards.
This week at Susquehanna:
Men's basketball: Tonight vs. Penn, 8 p.m.; tomorrow vs. TBD.
Women's basketball: Tomorrow vs. Penn, 8 p.m.; Sun. vs. TBD.
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