Franklin's Burton & Bluffton's Zickafoose Headline All-HCAC Football Selections

Franklin's Burton & Bluffton's Zickafoose Headline All-HCAC Football Selections

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Franklin College led the conference with eight players on the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, including the conference's Offensive Most Valuable Player.  Franklin's Chase Burton (Corydon, Ind. / Corydon Central) has been named the HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, while Bluffton's Isaac Zickafoose (Middlebury, Ind. / Northridge) picked up the HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player award.

Rose-Hulman's Matt Murray (Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder) was honored as Special Teams Most Valuable Player for the first time, while Rose-Hulman's head coach Jeff Sokol garnered Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career. Mount St. Joseph University's Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio / Western Brown) was named Freshman of the Year for his efforts this fall.

Burton, a junior quarterback for the Grizzlies, has passed for 3,761 yards this fall, ranking third in all of NCAA Division III.  The junior is averaging 376.1 yards per game, while amassing 42 passing touchdowns, ranking first in all of NCAA Division III.  During conference play, Burton averaged 375.0 passing yards per contest and tossed 35 touchdowns, breaking his own HCAC-record from last season.  The second-year starter crossed the 300-yard passing mark eight times in ten games, including a 532-yard performance against Hanover. 

Zickafoose, a sophomore defensive lineman for Bluffton, led the Beavers defense this season that ranked among the conference leaders in total defense (4th).  The sophomore tallied 46 total tackles, 33 solo tackles, and 11.5 sacks this season. Zickafoose also has 20 tackles for loss for a total of 111 yards and one forced fumble from the defensive tackle position.

Murray, a junior kicker for Rose-Hulman, led the conference in field goal percentage this fall.  The junior totaled 42 points on 5-6 from field goals and 27-29 on extra point attempts.  Murray was also tabbed as the punter for the Fightin' Engineers and averaged 40.0 yards per punt with 15 attempts landing inside the 20.

Tomlin, a freshman quarterback for Mount St. Joseph, played in all 10 games for the Lions this season.  The freshman threw 176-288 for 2,356 yards and 28 touchdowns.  He led an offense that ranked second in the conference with 274.8 passing yards per game.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's head football coach Jeff Sokol has been named the HCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career as the head coach for the Fightin' Engineers. Sokol led Rose-Hulman to an 8-2 record this fall and their second regular season HCAC title.  Sokol also led the Fightin' Engineers to their sixth season in program history with eight or more wins, and its first ever automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs.

All teams are voted and selected by the nine conference head coaches.


Offensive Most Valuable Player: Chase Burton, Franklin College

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Isaac Zickafoose, Bluffton University

Special Teams Most Valuable Player: Matt Murray, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Freshman of the Year: Chaiten Tomlin, Mount St. Joseph University

Coach of the Year: Jeff Sokol, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

First Team All-HCAC

Chase Burton

Franklin

So.

QB

Corydon, Ind. / Corydon Central

Dante Carroll

Bluffton

Sr.

RB

Gahanna, Ohio / Lincoln

Ty'Ronte Files

Franklin

Sr.

RB

Ocala, Fla. / Vanguard

Brandon Webb

Manchester

Sr.

TE

Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia

Micah Roberson

Bluffton

Jr.

WR

Ada, Ohio / Ada

Deontez Alexander

Franklin

Jr.

WR

Indianapolis, Ind. / Manual

Garrett Weaver

Mount St. Joseph

So.

WR

Cincinnati, Ohio / Amelia

Jarrett Dickey

Anderson

Fr.

WR

Hammind, Ind.  / Morton

Lee Wroblewski

Franklin

Jr.

WR

Salem, Ind. / Paoli

Shawn McCown

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OL

Casey, Ill. / Casey-Westfield

Ian O'Donnell

Bluffton

So.

OL

Tiffin, Ohio / Columbian

Samm Hayes

Franklin

Jr.

OL

Indianapolis, Ind. / Center Grove

Parker Young

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

OL

Manhattan, Ill. / Lincoln-Way Central

Sam Burck

Franklin

Jr.

OL

Indianapolis, Ind. / Scecina

Cole Tepe

Mount St. Joseph

So.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder

Isaac Zickafoose

Bluffton

So.

DL

Middlebury, Ind. / Northridge

Devante Ash

Franklin

Sr.

DL

Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian

Greg Ward Jr.

Defiance

Jr.

DL

Ypsilanti, Mich. / Ypsilanti

Linkoln LaRoche

Bluffton

Sr.

DL

Dola, Ohio / Hardin Northern

Quintin Stubbs-Lee

Hanover

Sr.

DL

Indianapolis, Ind. / Brownsburg

Nolan Miller 

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio / Northwest

Lajay Kelly

Earlham

Sr.

LB

Carson, Calif. / Long Beach Polytechnic

Keandre Gilmer

Defiance

Sr.

LB

Toledo, Ohio / Rogers

Austin Day

Franklin

Sr.

LB

Indianapolis, Ind. / Decatur Central

Jake Harmon

Bluffton

Sr.

LB

Van Wert, Ohio / Crestview

Kaelen Garner

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

LB

Ocean Springs, Miss. / Ocean Springs

Kenny Jones

Defiance

Sr.

DB

Toledo, Ohio / Bowsher

Alec Thompson

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

DB

Clermont, Fla. / Foundation Academy

Tyler Hannah

Mount St. Joseph

So.

DB

Cincinnati, Ohio / Summit Country Day

Markell Moncrief

Defiance

Jr.

DB

Detroit, Mich. / Southfield Lathrup

Tyrone White

Bluffton

Sr.

DB

Orrville, Ohio / Orrville

Kevin Nowak

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DB

Naperville, Ill, / Central

Jerry Porter

Mount St. Joseph

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Matt Murray

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

P

Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder

DeVonte' Cravin

Defiance

Fr.

Ret.

Ama, La. / Hahnville

Tyler Brutofsky

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

Ret.

Madison, Ala. / Bob Jones

Second Team All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Connor Sheehan

Bluffton

Sr.

QB

Monroeville, Ind. / Heritage

Wesley Hundley

Earlham

Jr.

QB

Gardnerville, Nev. / Douglass

Stanley Hogan

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

RB

Rosepine, La. / Rosepine

Justin Conners

Hanover

Jr.

RB

Harrison, Ohio / William Henry Harrison

Michael Iacono

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

TE

Harleysville, Pa. / Lansdale Catholic

Raphael Dell

Bluffton

So.

WR

Cincinnati, Ohio / Hughes

Alec Fisher

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

WR

Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills

Marcaus Cooper

Earlham

Jr.

WR

Palm Coast, Fla. / Matanzas

A.J. Glines

Mount St. Joseph

So.

WR

Harrison, Ohio / Harrison

Cody Wilson

Defiance

Sr.

WR

McComb, Ohio / McComb

Tanner Wroblewski

Franklin

Jr.

WR

Salem, Ind. / Paoli

Joey Rebottaro

Defiance

Sr.

OL

Tecumseh, Mich. / Tecumseh

Jacob Sofronko

Hanover

Jr.

OL

Ridgeville, Ind. / Winchester

Hayden Clark

Bluffton

Sr.

OL

Waldo, Ohio / Mt. Gilead

Colan Beare

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills

Roderick Matthews

Earlham

Jr.

OL

Pierson, Fla. / Taylor

Eric Wietholter

Manchester

Sr.

OL

Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville

Matt DeVore

Defiance

Sr.

DL

Van Buren, Ohio / Van Buren

Aaron Letinski

Bluffton

Sr.

DL

Allen Park, Mich. / Allen Park

Zikk Omoruyi

Hanover

Fr.

DL

Greenacres, Fla. / Palm Beach Central

Kyle Brewer

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DL

West Point, Ind. / McCutcheon

Connor Kispert

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DL

Oswego, Ill. / Oswego

Ryan Martin

Hanover

Sr.

LB

Greensburg, Ind. / Greensburg

Jared Wesley

Franklin

Jr.

LB

Mason, Ohio / Mason

Colby Webb

Mount St Joseph

Jr.

LB

Huntington, W. Va. / Spring Valley

Nathan Birk

Manchester

Sr.

LB

Indianapolis, Ind. / Cardinal Ritter

Mike Henry

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

LB

Lusby, Md. / Patuxent

Jack Kay

Manchester

Jr.

LB

Williamsport, Ind. / Seeger

Tavon Robertson

Mount St. Joseph

So.

DB

Louisville, Ky. / Ballard

Taylor Christensen

Franklin

Sr.

DB

Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern

Dillon Nelson

Manchester

So.

DB

Fairland, Ind. / Triton Central

Kreevon Maple

Anderson

Fr.

DB

Eustis, Fla. / First Academy

Ryan Conner

Franklin

Jr.

DB

Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville

Adam Goepfrich

Hanover

Sr.

K

Jasper, Ind. / Jasper

Jordan Christian

Earlham

Fr.

P

Richmond, Ind. / Richmond

Matt Wirick

Manchester

Sr.

Ret.

Granger, Ind. / Penn

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Austin Swenson

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

QB

Wauconda, Ill. / Wauconda

Chaiten Tomlin

Mount St. Joseph

Fr.

QB

Mt. Orab, Ohio / Western Brown

Triston Anderson

Anderson

Fr.

QB

Anderson, Ind. / Anderson Prep

Tyler Gillig

Defiance

Jr.

TE

Tiffin, Ohio / Tiffin Columbian

Ricky Windell

Hanover

Sr.

WR

Camden, Ind. / Delphi

Matt Wirick

Manchester

Sr.

WR

Granger, Ind. / Penn

Travis Williams

Anderson

Fr.

WR

Bradenton, Fla. / Braden River

Taylor Bleistein

Hanover

Fr.

WR

Wesley Chapel, Fla, / Wiregrass Ranch

Ethan Williams

Bluffton

So.

OL

Van Wert, Ohio / Van Wert 

Brad Murphy

Mount St. Joseph

So.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder

Eric Beard

Manchester

Jr.

OL

Findlay, Ohio / Findlay

Dustin Applegate

Mount St. Joseph

So.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder

Faron Osborne

Anderson

Fr.

DL

Vincennes, Ind. / Morton

Cory Hardin

Mount St. Joseph

So.

DL

Louisville, Ky. / Ballard

Zachary Turner

Franklin

Jr.

DL

Greensburg, Ind. / Rushville

Layne Harnishfeger

Hanover

Jr.

DL

Batesville, Ind. / Franklin Co.

Joseph Miller

Earlham

Sr.

DL

Carmel, Ind. / Carmel

Zach Dauer

Hanover

So.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills

John Kirby

Rose-Hulman

So.

DB

Lebanon, Ohio / Lebanon

Sterling Mitchell

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DB

Indianapolis, Ind. / Brebeuf

Trevon Sevion

Franklin

Sr.

DB

Beech Grove, Ind. / Beech Grove

Alec Monte

Anderson

So.

DB

Gilbert, Ariz. / Perry

Jeremy Gonzalez

Anderson

Sr.

LB

Kewanna, Ind. / Caston

Andrew Coe

Manchester

Sr.

P

Roanoke, Ind. / Huntington North

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Faron Osborne

Anderson

Fr.

DL

Vincennes, Ind. / Morton

Trent Long

Bluffton

Sr.

DB/LS

Elida, Ohio / Elida

Reed Guerin

Defiance

Jr.

OL

West Palm Beach, Fla. / Park Vista

Malik Lawrence Reid

Earlham

Sr.

RB

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jackson Schafer

Franklin

Sr.

DB

Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville

Ryan Martin

Hanover

Sr.

LB

Greensburg, Ind. / Greensburg

Cody Stewart

Manchester

Sr.

DB

University Park, Ill. / Crete-Monee

Casey Cox

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

WR

Edgewood, Ky. / Dixie Heights

Shawn McCown

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OL

Casey, Ill. / Casey-Westfield