Nine Football Players Named to All-Centennial Team

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
 

Nine members of the Muhlenberg football team – six seniors and three sophomores – were selected to the All-Centennial Conference team.

Of the nine players, eight earned the first all-conference nods of their careers.

Senior offensive tackle Frank Malandruccolo and sophomore linebacker Ian Gimbar were named to the first team; senior running back Terrence Dandridge, senior wide receiver Isaiah Vaughn and senior safety Shane O’Connor received second-team honors; and sophomore tight end Michael Long, senior linebacker Matt Johnson, sophomore defensive end Greg DeLade and senior punter Dan Deighan earned honorable mention.

FIRST TEAM

Ian Gimbar, Frank Malandruccolo

Gimbar (above left) was a unanimous selection and the only sophomore on the first-team defense. He leads the CC and ranks seventh in Division III with his school-record total of 13 sacks, including four in the regular-season finale against Moravian. Gimbar also leads the CC with 17 tackles for loss and is third on the Mules with 63 total tackles.

Malandruccolo (above right) was the only lineman selected from a Muhlenberg offense that ranks third in the CC in points per game (30.2) and rushing yards per game (197.5) and fourth in total yards per game (401.6). The Mules were particularly potent on offense down the stretch, averaging 40.0 points and 230.4 rushing yards over the last five games. A second-year starter at right tackle, Malandruccolo captained a line that allowed only 13 sacks, the second-fewest in the league.

SECOND TEAM

Isaiah Vaughn, Terrence Dandridge, Shane O'Connor

Vaughn (above left) has caught 38 passes for 757 yards – both team-leading totals – and is second in the CC in yards per catch (19.9). Among his receptions were four touchdowns. Vaughn is 10th in team history with 1,544 career receiving yards and has received previous All-CC recognition as a member of the track and field team.

Dandridge (above center) made the All-CC team for third third time; he was on the first team as a sophomore and earned honorable mention last year. One of 40 1,000-yard rushers in Division III, he ranks third in the CC in both rushing yards (1,013) and rushing touchdowns (13). Dandridge is third on Muhlenberg’s all-time list with 3,327 career rushing yards.

O’Connor (above right) is a team captain who is tied for fourth on the Mules with 33 solo tackles (41 total). He also has recorded three interceptions, two pass breakups, 2½ tackles for loss and a fumble recovery for a defense that leads the CC in points per game (14.7) and is second in rushing yards per game (110.3) and total yards per game (297.8).

HONORABLE MENTION

Dan Deighan, Matt Johnson, Michael Long, Greg DeLade

Deighan (above left) leads the CC and ranks 15th in Division III in punting, averaging 39.9 yards per kick. His punts were returned only 30 yards by opponents, giving him a net average of 37.9. Deighan also served as the Mules’ quarterback and was second in the CC in rushing yards by a quarterback.

Johnson (above second from left) made a successful return after missing the 2011 season with injury. The inside linebacker filled up the stat sheet, ranking second on the Mules in total tackles (73), tied for first in pass breakups (4) and third in tackles for loss (8½). Johnson also has three sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Long (above second from right) is third on the Mules with 22 receptions – the most among CC tight ends – for 212 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed to the team’s rushing attack as a blocker and to the special teams with a blocked field goal.

DeLade (above right) is tied for fourth on the team with 46 tackles, including six tackles for loss and three sacks. The sophomore helped anchor a young defensive line that allowed only 186 rushing yards on 131 carries over the final four games of the regular season.

Muhlenberg finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and will host Delaware Valley in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl on Saturday.
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