Saturday, December 21, 2013

Warrior's Troutman 1st Team All American, Hentz gets Honorable Mention

Defensive Back Tanner Troutman
"Two years ago, I told Tanner Troutman he was going to be one of the premier leaders of the Warriors. You could see it in his passion for the game - John Green"
 WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Junior safety Tanner Troutman (Hegins, Pa./Tri Valley) became the first First Team All-American in the history of the Lycoming College football program, the website announced on Friday evening, Dec. 20. In addition, senior Dwight Hentz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax Area) was named an Honorable Mention selection at defensive tackle.

Troutman, a First Team Preseason All-American, finished 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 and Third Team Beyond Sports Network All-American also finished with 58 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss. The ninth defensive back in program history to earn All-American honors, Troutman 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 on the season, helping him tie for the league lead with 14 passes defended (interceptions plus breakups) en route to earning’s East Region Defensive Player of the Year honors. Troutman is the second Warrior safety to earn All-American honors from since the website split the defensive back slot into cornerback and safety in 2003, joining two-time All-American Ray Bierbach (2010, HM; 2011, 3rd)

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 and First Team All-East Region 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 second-team all-conference and second-team all-region as a junior. Hentz is the first two-time All-East Region defensive tackle in program history and the first All-American.

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. All-Americans
DB Sean Graf, 2000 (3rd)
P John Shaffer, 2000 (HM)
DE Sean McGinley, 2003 (2nd)
WR Ricky Lannetti, 2003 (3rd)
T Matt Mendola, 2003 (HM)
DE Ryan Yaple, 2007 (HM)
S Ray Bierbach, 2010 (HM)
DE Anthony Marascio, 2011 (2nd)
S Ray Bierbach, 2011 (3rd)
S Tanner Troutman, 2013 (1st)
DT Dwight Hentz, 2013 (HM)