D3football.com Names Six Wolverines All-Americans - Dec 17, 2007
DOVER, Del. - Six members of the Wesley College football team were named as All-Americans by D3football.com. Bryan Robinson and Larry Beavers led the way as members of the first team defense and special teams, respectively.
Offensive lineman Dave Erdman was chosen to the second team, running back Mike Pennewell made the third team and tight end Jon Lanouette and Chet Turner were named as honorable mentions.
All six were key components on a Wesley team that won its third straight ACFC Championship in 2007 and advanced as far as the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals before finishing the season with a record of 11-2.
The number is a school record for the program as Wesley had previously never had more than two players named to the squad. The Wolverines, however, have had at least one player named in each of the past five years to the D3football.com All-America team, which dates back to 1999.
The selection adds to a long list of honors received by Robinson after the 2007 campaign. The senior defensive end from Harrington, Delaware has already been named the ACFC Defensive Player of the Year, an All-ACFC First Team selection, was chosen to represent Team USA in the Aztec Bowl, and was named All-South Region First Team by D3football.com.
He helped lead a Wolverine defense that finished the year 20th in the nation in total defense and 14th in tackles for loss. Wesley finished the 2007 season 11-2 and advanced all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Wolverines also went a perfect 4-0 in the Atlantic Central Football Conference, earning their third straight conference title.
Robinson completed a stand out career in 2007, during which he set the Wesley career records for sacks with 47 and had 92.5 career tackles for loss. He also ranks seventh all-time at Wesley with 337 tackles. He was also named to the D3football.com All-America team last season, joining Rocky Myers (2003 and 2004) as the only two-time selections in team history.
Beavers joins him on the first team after a record setting year returning kicks. The junior from Annapolis, Maryland returned four kicks for scores, including three on the opening kick of the second half, to shatter both the Wesley single season and career marks. He ranked fifth in the nation in return average at 30.5 yards per return. Earlier this offseason, he was named the ACFC Special Teams Player of the Year, All-ACFC First Team and All-South Region by D3football.com
Erdman, a junior from Ellicott City, Maryland, led an offensive line that allowed the offensive 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. He was also chosen both the All-ACFC and D3football.com All-South Region first teams.
Pennewell, a sophomore running back from Smyrna, Delaware, ran for 1,630 yards in 2007. 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 on his way to All-ACFC and D3football.com All-South Region first team selections.
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.
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.
The six players join Myers and Michael Clarke (2006) on Wesley's all-time list of D3football.com All-America teams.