Seven Wolverines Named All-South by

Seven Wolverines Named All-South by - Dec 07, 2007


STERLING, Va. - Seven members of the Wesley College football team were named to the All-South Region team.  Six Wolverines, Mike Pennewell, Dave Erdman, Larry Beavers, Bryan Robinson, Sean Matthews and Chet Turner were named to the first team.

Tight end Jon Lanouette joined them on the second team.

The teams, selected in balloting by South Region sports information directors and staff, were chosen from 210 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 75 players were chosen.

Pennewell, a sophomore running back from Smyrna, Delaware, ran for 1,630 yards.  That total was the second best single season in Wesley history and rated among the top five in Division III.  He also ran for eight touchdowns, a team-high despite not starting until the fourth game of the season.  Pennewell also led the Atlantic Central Football Conference in rushing.

Junior tackle Dave Erdman, from Ellicott City, Maryland, led an offensive line that allowed the ground game to churn out school records with 3,237 rushing yards and 6,192 total yards.  The offense ranked ninth in the nation in yards per game and 20th in rushing offense.  At 1.08 sacks allowed per game, the offensive line anchored by Erdman ranked 18th in Division III.

Beavers made the team as a return specialist.  He returned more kicks for touchdowns in 2007 alone (4) than any Wolverine had in his career prior to the season.  Three of his four kick return scores came on the opening kick of the second half.  The junior from Annapolis, Maryland ranked fifth in the nation in return average at 30.5 yards per return.

Robinson, a senior defensive end, capped a stellar career in 2007.  The Harrington, Delaware native set the Wesley career record for sacks and finished with 47 and had 92.5 career tackles for loss, also a school standard.  He was second on the team with 88 tackles and paced the conference with 28 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

Matthews led the team with 113 tackles, including 14.5 for loss.  From Pennsauken, New Jersey, the junior also had a sack, an interception, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles to his credit.  He served as a team captain.

Turner, a junior defensive back, led the secondary with six interceptions to tie Wesley's single season mark.  He added 11 pass breakups to lead the team. 

Lanouette finished third on the team with 39 receptions, 506 yards and six touchdowns.  A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he ranks sixth all-time at Wesley in receptions with 119, seventh with 18 touchdown catches and ninth with 1,735 yards.

Wesley won its third straight ACFC Championship in 2007 and advanced as far as the NCAA Division III Quartfinals before finishing the season with a record of 11-2.