LANCASTER, Pa. – Five Susquehanna football players combined for six all-league honors as the Centennial Conference announced its 2010 All-Conference Teams on Tuesday morning.
Two student-athletes earned First-Team accolades in junior wide receiver Mike Ritter (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) and senior punter Bobby Eppleman (Chester Springs, pa./Great Valley).
Junior running back Greg Tellish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll), senior center Ryan Schumann (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) and Eppleman earned Second Team nods, with Eppleman’s second-team honor coming as a place kicker.
Rounding out the list of all-league players was junior tight end Matt Knouse (Elliottsburg, Pa./West Perry), who earned Offensive Honorable Mention.
Ritter put up some of the best single season numbers by a Susquehanna receiver in recent history. He led SU with 68 catches for 963 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 107 yards per game despite missing one game due to injury. His 68 receptions are the fourth-best single season mark while his 963 yards rank fifth.
In addition, Ritter led all Centennial players in receptions per game (7.56) and was second in receiving yards per game.
His numbers this season were all career-highs, surpassing his seven touchdowns and 551 receiving yards as a sophomore.
Eppleman’s first-team honor as a punter should surprise no one, as he leaves the Crusaders as one of the best specialists in program history. This season, he averaged 37.4 yards per punt, good for second in the conference, including a long of 63.That 63-yard punt matched the longest in the conference this fall. In addition, eight of his 45 punts were inside the 20 and four went for 50 or more yards.
For his career, Eppleman averaged 37.5 yards per punt. His career long of 73 yards, which came during his sophomore season, stands as the longest punt in Susquehanna history. Eppleman was a three-time Preseason All-America selection by D3football.com and a three-time All-Liberty League player, as 2010 marked SU’s inaugural season as a member of the Centennial Conference.
Eppleman also earned a spot on the second team as a kicker. He connected on 8-of-9 field goal attempts, including a 44-yarder that matched his own school record, which he set in 2009. Eppleman also connected on 22-of-25 PATs and averaged 59.3 yards on kickoffs. In total, Eppleman accounted for 46 points this fall for SU.
In addition, Eppleman was named to the conference's Sportsmanship Team.
Also named to the second team was Tellish. Like his classmate Ritter, Tellish put up career numbers for head coach Steve Briggs and the Crusaders this fall. He rushed for 883 yards on 177 carries, averaging 81.1 yards per game, and accounted for three touchdowns. Those numbers placed him third overall in the league.
Tellish rushed for nearly four times as many yards as he did as a sophomore and doubled his previous touchdown total of three.
One reason Tellish put up career numbers was because of the play of the offensive line, in particular Schumann, who was also recognized with a second team award. Schumann, a team captain, was an All-Liberty League player a year ago as well as an All-East Region recipient. This season, the Crusaders were ranked fifth in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 122.6 yards per game. Earlier this month, Schumann was invited to play in the Division III Senior Football Classic in Salem, Va. on Dec. 3.
Rounding out Susquehanna’s list of all-league players was Knouse. The junior had a breakout season, appearing in all 10 games and catching 26 balls for 302 yards and three touchdowns, second only to Ritter’s numbers. In his first two seasons combined, Knouse had 17 catches for 129 yards.