Six Wesley Players Named to ECAC All-Southwest Team - Jan 08, 2008
CAPE COD, Mass. - Bryan Robinson, senior defensive lineman at Wesley College, has been chosen as the 2007 ECAC Division III Southwest Player of the Year. He was joined on the ECAC Southwest All-Star Team by five of his teammates: Michael Clarke, Dave Erdman, Sean Matthews, Chet Turner and Larry Beavers.
With six total selections, the Wolverines had as many all-stars as the next two teams, Muhlenberg and Waynesburg (three each) combined.
Robinson finished the season with 88 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 13 games played. All together, the Atlantic Central Football Conference Player of the Year had 28.0 tackles for a loss, ranking him second in Division III in that category.
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 and All-American 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.
A native of Landover Hills, Maryland, Clarke led Wesley with 51 receptions, 980 yards and nine touchdown catches. The senior wide receiver finished his career in Wesley's top 10 in receptions and receiving yards and set the school record for touchdown receptions.
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 and All-American first teams.
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.
Beavers joined them on the 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 and All-American by D3football.com