Robinson Selected to Aztec Bowl - Nov 27, 2007
WACO, Texas - Wesley College's Bryan Robinson was among 51 players chosen to the 2007 Aztec Bowl roster, announced by the American Football Coaches Association and USA Football. Players selected to the Division III national team will represent the United States against Mexico in the 2007 Aztec Bowl in Chihuahua, Mexico on December 8.
Robinson is the sixth Wolverine in school history selected to play in the game. He joins former Wesley standouts Mario Harris (2006), Jimmy Kostack (2003), Jason Visconti (2001), Sean McCullin (1999) and Nate Casella (1997).
Wesley's participation in the NCAA Division III playoffs could prevent Robinson from participating in the event should the Wolverines defeat Mary Hardin-Baylor on December 1. In that case, Wesley and Robinson would be playing in the national semifinals on December 8.
Robinson is a four-time first team All-ACFC selection and a two-time ACFC Defensive Player of the Year from Harrington, Delaware. He is second on the team and 11th in the ACFC with 79 tackles. He leads the conference in both tackles for loss (26) and sacks (11.5) to rank seventh and 14th nationally in those categories. Robinson Wesley's all-time sacks leader with a 3.5 sack game against Newport News in a 50-7 Wesley win including sacks on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter. In addition to his 47 career sacks, he also holds the Wolverines' career mark with 92.5 TFL.
The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico's college football schedule. The game has been played 36 times since 1947 with the last nine contests featuring the United States-Mexico match-up. The United States leads the series, 9-1.
This year's game will kick off at 6 p.m. CST on December 8 and will be played at Estadio Olimpico. The game can be heard via a webcast that can be accessed on the AFCA's website at www.afca.com. Results will also be available on the AFCA's website.
States Aztec Bowl Roster
Wide Receivers: Jake Allen, Mississippi College; Luke Dillon, Defiance; Horace Gant, St. Olaf; Jack Martin, Washington & Lee; Josh Silvernail, Albion; MacArthur White, Lakeland
Tight Ends: Kris Bisci, Moravian; Nolan Swett, Colorado College
Offensive Linemen: James Arnold, Hardin-Simmons; Brandon Bennett, Willamette; Brennan Fortune, St. John Fisher*; Matt Gregg, Grove City; Don Kasper, North Central; Brandon Lee, Thomas More; Steve Palmer, Puget Sound; Mike Robinson, Trinity (Conn.); Jon Verhelst, Augustana (Ill.); Grant Weller, Concordia-Moorhead; Alternate: Ben Hogan, Wartburg
Quarterbacks: Jermar Jackson, Dubuque; Alex Kofoed, St. John's (Minn.)
Running Backs: Justin Beaver, Wis.-Whitewater*; Denny Kimmel, Anderson; Chris Sharpe, Springfield; Tyler Sherden, Luther; Alternate: Matt Bielecki, Rochester
Defensive Linemen: Mike Czerwien, Waynesburg; Andrew Eisentrout, Pacific Lutheran; Baron Koch, Trinity (Texas); Don Miller, Alfred; Tom Pinto, Curry; Clay Ream, Marietta; Bryan Robinson, Wesley*; Randy Tosh, Rowan; Alternate: Wilbur Allen,
Linebackers: Eric Dube, Dickinson; Jerrell Freeman, Mary Hardin-Baylor*; Kyle Follweiler, Wilkes; Cody Pierce, Buena Vista; John Pursell, Delaware Valley; Alternate: Erik Woodring, Middlebury
Defensive Backs: Brandon Carr, Bethel (Minn.)*; Jezreel Davis, North Carolina Wesleyan; Guy Dierikx, Central (Iowa)*; Wendell Eskridge, Wis.-Stout; Steve Gunter, Ohio Northern; LeRoy Harper, Christopher Newport; Tyler Moody, Centre; Donovan Moore, Carthage; Kasey Morgan, Wis.-Stevens Point; James Starks, Capital; Jay Tully, Whitworth; Andrew Woods, Linfield; Alternates: Chase Palmer, Oberlin; Jevon Pruitt, DePauw
Kicker: Nate Palkovic, Monmouth (Ill.)
*- Participation tentative, pending Saturday's quarterfinal result