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Fifteen Blue Knight football players receive conference honors

The Urbana Blue Knights football team had 15 players earn All-Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) honors Wednesday. 

First Teamers

RB – Jeffvon Gill (Euclid, Ohio)

DE – Perry Jenkins (Columbus, Ohio)

DB – Daniel Goodrum (Cleveland, Ohio)

P – Clay Lust (Prospect, Ohio) 

Second Teamers

QB – D.J. Mendenhall (West Jefferson, Ohio)

WR – Joe Webb (Mechanicsburg, Ohio)

OL – Ethan Oakley, pictured, (West Liberty, Ohio)

OL – Alex Maxson (Delaware, Ohio)

LB – Drew Underwood (West Jefferson, Ohio)

LB – Roy Harvison (Columbus, Ohio)

DB – Brian Ridley (Columbus, Ohio) 

Honorable Mention

TE – Matt Nowak (Garfield Heights, Ohio)

OL – Kyle Wallace (West Milton, Ohio)

OL – Andrew Minda (Dublin, Ohio)

DB – David McComas (Dayton, Ohio)

Jeffvon Gill became just the second back in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,082 yards on 217 carries for the 7-4 Blue Knights. The University of Buffalo transfer also caught 18 balls out of the backfield for another 150 yards. His 12 touchdowns, 72 points, and 1,246 all-purpose yards were all team-highs.

The First Team defense included a pair of Blue Knights. Senior defensive end Perry Jenkins picked up his third straight First Team All-Conference nod with his best season yet. Jenkins racked up 73 tackles, including 18.5 for a loss. His 6.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries were all tops for the Blue Knights. He led the GLVC in tackles for a loss and fumble recoveries.

Junior defensive back Daniel Goodrum joined Jenkins on the First Team Defense. Goodrum led UU in tackles, finishing with 84 stops, including 4.5 for a loss. Goodrum also tallied 6 pass break-ups, a sack, a forced fumble and recovery, and a blocked kick. After three seasons, Goodrum has accumulated 167 career tackles.

Senior punter Clay Lust rounded out Urbana’s First Team selections. The GLVC’s top punter averaged over 40 yards per kick. He dropped 15 punts inside the 20-yard line and booted a school-record 11 punts, including a career long 66-yarder against Quincy. Lust’s 39.7 career average is a new school record.

Urbana’s seven Second Team representatives include junior quarterback D.J. Mendenhall, junior wide receiver Joe Webb, senior offensive tackles Alex Maxson and Ethan Oakley, senior linebacker Drew Underwood, junior linebacker Roy Harvison, and redshirt freshman safety Brian Ridley.

Mendenhall ended his junior campaign with a conference-best 3,130 yards passing and 30 TDs through the air, both school records. He also racked up 350 yards rushing and another 6 scores. Four times, he threw for over 300 yards in a game. Five times, he threw for three or more TDs, and he accounted for at least 2 scores in all 11 games. With one season remaining in his collegiate career, Mendenhall is already the career leader at UU in completions (510), passing yards (6,702), passing TDs (66), rushing TDs (29), and scoring (186 points).

Webb led the conference in receiving yards per game (119.3), but he missed two games with an injury. Despite the missed time, Webb managed to set a single season school record with 1,074 receiving yards. He is the all-time career leader at UU in receiving yards (2,413) and TD catches (18), as well as the career record holder in yards per catch (18.0).

Maxson and Oakley were 4-year starters at left and right tackle, respectively. Oakley started all 44 games of his career. Maxson missed just one game in his 4-year career. Together, the duo paved the way for Urbana’s top three offensive seasons in school history.

Linebackers Underwood and Harvison finished second and fifth, respectively, on the team in tackles. Underwood made 80 stops, including 9.5 for a loss. He also registered a sack, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 4 pass break-ups and 11 QB hurries. Harvison had 67 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, a sack, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a pass break-up. Underwood was also named Academic All-District earlier this week.

Ridley joined the starting lineup early in the season, finishing with 39 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 pass break-ups, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

Four Blue Knights earned Honorable Mention All-Conference, including senior tight end Matt Nowak, senior guard Andrew Minda, junior center Kyle Wallace, and junior defensive back David McComas. Minda and Wallace also earned All-Conference honors last season. It was the first all-conference recognition for Nowak and McComas.

2012 GLVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Mar’Quone Edmonds, Sr., WR, Indianapolis

2012 GLVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Darius Wilson, Sr., LB, Central State

2012 GLVC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Scott Miller, So., K, Indianapolis

2012 GLVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Thomas Cook, Fr., RB/KR/PR, William Jewell

2012 GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR:  Bob Bartolomeo, Indianapolis

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