Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Troutman named East Region Defensive Player of the Year; Hentz and Needhammer honored

Jr DB Tanner Troutman
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Junior Tanner Troutman (Hegins, Pa./Tri-Valley) led a group of three Lycoming College football players on the All-East Region team, as the defensive back was named the East Region Defensive Player of the Year, the website announced late Monday, Dec. 9. In addition, senior defensive tackle Dwight Hentz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) was named to first-team all-region and junior running back Craig Needhammer (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) was third team.

Troutman, a First Team Preseason All-American, lived up to the hype, finishing the season tied for the national lead with eight interceptions, where he still sits tied with Montclair State’s Matt Mancino. The First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference pick also finished with 58 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss. He earned two Team of the Week and Beyond Sport Network Team of the Week accolades, posting two interceptions in a win over nationally-ranked Delaware Valley and a school-record three against Stevenson.
He also broke up six passes, helping him tie for the league lead with 14 passes defended. It is the fourth straight year a Warrior safety has earned all-region honors, as Troutman also was a third team selection in 2012 and Ray Bierbach was a first-team honoree in 2010 and second team in 2011.

#64 Dwight Hentz
Hentz enjoyed a monster season for the Warriors, finishing with 55 tackles, 12.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also forced and recovered a fumble. The First Team All-MAC selection earned Team of the Week honors twice, posting 3.5 sacks against Widener and 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss against FDU-Florham. He was a second-team all-conference and second-team all-region as a junior. Hentz is the first two-time all-region defensive tackle in program history and follows a line of three others who have earned all-region honors as defensive tackles, including Anthony Marascio (2011, First Team), Ted Geurds (2008, Second Team) and Mike Kozak (2005, Third Team).

#23 Craig Needhammer
Needhammer enjoyed a remarkable year, helping him become the first Warrior running back to earn All-East Region accolades. The 5-7 All-MAC First Team selection rushed for more than 100 yards seven times, one shy of the school's single-season record, which was set by Brian Thompson (1997), when the team played 13 games en route to the national championship game. Needhammer tied the school-record for touchdowns in a season with 14, set by Tim Deasey (2001) and Thompson (1998). He also finished the season with 1,184 rushing yards, good for fifth in program history, and 1,539 all-purpose yards, fourth in program annals. He also helped a Warrior running back earn all-conference honors for the seventh straight year.

The Warriors finished 7-3 overall and 7-2 in the MAC under sixth-year head coach Mike Clark. The team claimed a share of the 15th MAC title in school history, tying for first with Lebanon Valley. The team was once again led by its defense, which finished tops in the MAC, allowing a league-best 304.0 yards, 91.4 rushing yards and 18.3 points per game.