12 Players Earn All-Conference Honors

12 Players Earn All-Conference Honors

A total of 12 players from the Susquehanna University Football team have been named to the Centennial Conference All-Star team as voted on by the head coaches in the conference and announced by the league office Tuesday.

Senior Don Bair along with junior Connor Thompson and sophomore Danial Shelton earned First Team honors while Cameron Ott, Diamente Holloway, Ryan Ganard and Terrell Brown were Second Team honorees. Nick Crusco, Mikah Christian, Tom Haughey, Kyle Micik and Cole Dixon were Honorable Mention selections to the team.

Bair started the season injured but battled back to start the final six regular season games at offensive guard. He led an offensive line that helped the River Hawks gain nearly 400 yards per game and rush for more the 150 per contest.

Thompson was one of the leaders on the defense for the River Hawks as he accounted for 85 tackles including a team-leading 47 assisted tackles from his linebacker position. He also had four sacks, 10 ½ tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in the regular season.

Shelton continued to impress after winning the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year award last season and made 22 tackles and had a team-best 10 pass breakups.

Ott was the leading rusher in the Centennial Conference with more than 100 yards per game as he finished nearly 20 yards per game ahead of any other rusher in the conference. He accumulated 936 rushing yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. Holloway was the leading receiver for Susquehanna with 41 catches and a team-leading seven receiving touchdowns. Ganard was one of the team captains and led the defensive secondary with three interceptions and also had five breakups from his safety position. Terrell Brown made an immediate impact and established himself as the top return specialist in the conference. He averaged 14.5 yards per punt return with 276 yards on 19 returns including the first punt return for a touchdown in nearly 20 years for Susquehanna.

Crusco led the group of honorable mention selections after breaking nearly all of the Susquehanna for season and career passing and total offense. He was among the conference leaders in all passing categories. Christian led the River Hawks with 513 receiving yards. Haughey started the first eight games of the season at two different positions on the offensive line before an injury cut his season short. Micik led the middle of the defensive line with 39 tackles including five for loss and Dixon was tied for the team lead with 85 tackles including a team-best 47 solo stops and also had nine tackles for loss and 3 ½ sacks.

The River Hawks completed the regular season tied for third in the conference standings and will play Albright in one of the two Centennial-MAC Bowl Series games Saturday in Reading.