FOREST, VA-Freshman running back Kyree Koonce (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) headlined the Tigers' 14 All-ODAC selections while being named Hampden-Sydney's first football Rookie of the Year since Drew Smith in 2004. Four other Tigers also earned First Team selections with sophomore receiver Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham), senior offensive lineman P.J. Melnick (Richmond, VA/Collegiate), senior linebacker Nick Martin (Round Hill, VA/Loudoun Valley), and senior cornerback Sidney Henry (Haymarket, VA/Battlefield) all getting nods.
Senior tight end Mel Savarese (Winchester, VA/James Woods), senior offensive lineman Todd Edstrom (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover), junior defensive lineman Ben Carson (Winston-Salem, NC/Mount Tabor), senior safety Larry Haskins (Buckingham, VA/Fuqua), and senior punter Jordan Chalkley (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) all earned Second Team honors.
Senior receivers Austin Perryman (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax) and Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI), senior linebacker Jay Brooks (Virginia Beach, VA/Cox) and senior safety Tyler Martin (Evington, VA/Brookville) were all named to the Third Team.
Guilford quarterback Matt Pawlowski and Shenandoah defensive lineman Jake Payne were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year; Washington & Lee's Scott Abell was tabbed the Coach of the Year; and Bridgewater offensive lineman Sean Douglass earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
Koonce had a standout rookie season, leading the ODAC in rushing while compiling the second best season for a Tiger back with 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added 29 receptions for 286 yards and two more touchdowns. Koonce hit the century mark seven times, and rushed for at least 200 yards two times. His 220 yard performance against Shenandoah is the second best in school history and the top mark in the ODAC this year. Additionally, his 203 yards against Ferrum were the second highest output in the conference this season.
Johnson led the Tiger receiving core with 830 yards and nine touchdowns on 58 receptions, averaging 83.0 yards-per-game and 14.3 per-catch. The sophomore ranked third in the ODAC this season in total receiving yards.
Melnick earns his second All-ODAC honors after being named to the Second Team last year. Melnick helped the Tiger offense to average 27.3 points-per-game on 413.6 yards of offense. Of those 413.6 yards, 258.1 came through the air and 155.5 on the ground.
Nick Martin finished the season with 52 tackles in nine games, including 5.0 tackles-for-loss. Additionally, he added one interception with a 40 yard return and one fumble recovery.
Henry had another solid season in the secondary, after earning Second Team All-ODAC nods last season. This year, the senior led the ODAC and ranked seventh nationally with six interceptions. He added eight break ups for 14 passes defended to go with 62 tackles – 2.5 for loss – and one fumble recovery.
Savarese was the Tigers' fifth best target this season, catching 17 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. The tight end averaged 10.6 yards-per-catch.
Edstrom started every game for the Tigers at center this season, and the captain helped the Tiger offense to outputs of 27.3 points- and 413.6 yards-per-game.
Carson wreaked havoc on opposing backfields, finishing the year second in the ODAC in both sacks (6.0) and tackles-for-loss (11.5). Overall, he had 44 tackles and a pass break up, while his 11.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage were for a total of 65 yards.
Haskins was second on the team in both tackles (79) and interceptions (2) while also adding 3.0 tackles-for-loss and two additional pass break ups.
Chalkley handled the bulk of the punting duties for the Tigers, and did so with great success, averaging 42.7 yards for his 31 kicks. He pinned four punts inside the 20 yard line and booted nine kicks of at least 50 yards.
Perryman had the best season of his career, hauling in 40 passes for 458 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 45.8 per-game and 11.4 per-catch.
Mey was right there with Perryman, recording 498 yards and three touchdowns on 36 catches. He was second on the team in both yards-per-game (49.8) and yards-per-catch (13.8) of players with at least ten catches.
Brooks finished the season fourth on the team in total tackles with 61 while adding 4.0 for loss, and one interception.
Tyler Martin led the team with 80 total tackles and was second on the team with 7.5 tackles-for-loss. He also picked off one pass, broke up another, recovered a fumble, and blocked a kick.
Below is the entire list of All-ODAC award winners.
2015 ALL-ODAC FOOTBALL AWARDS
J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Pawlowski, Sr., QB, Guilford
Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year: Jake Payne, Sr., DL, Shenandoah
ODAC Coach of the Year: Scott Abell, Washington and Lee
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Kyree Koonce, Fr., RB, Hampden-Sydney
ODAC/Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Sean Douglass, Sr., OL, Bridgewater
|ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM|
|Kyree Koonce||Fr.||Running Back||Hampden-Sydney|
|Cedrick Delaney||Jr.||Running Back||Shenandoah|
|De'Eric Bell||So.||All-Purpose Back||Guilford|
|Adam Smith||Sr.||Wide Receiver||Guilford|
|Cam Johnson||So.||Wide Receiver||Hampden-Sydney|
|Keith Jennings||Jr.||Tight End||Bridgewater|
|McFarland Murph||Jr.||Offensive Line||Emory & Henry|
|Ty Shwallon||So.||Offensive Line||Guilford|
|P.J. Melnick||Sr.||Offensive Line||Hampden-Sydney|
|Michael LaSala||Jr.||Offensive Line||Washington and Lee|
|Chris Osier||So.||Offensive Line||Washington and Lee|
|Skyler Simcox||Fr.||Placekicker||Emory & Henry|
|Logan Whitaker||Sr.||Defensive Line||Bridgewater|
|Gibson Ziah||So.||Defensive Line||Guilford|
|Xavier Strothers||Jr.||Defensive Line||Randolph-Macon|
|Jake Payne||Sr.||Defensive Line||Shenandoah|
|Max Garrett||So.||Linebacker||Washington and Lee|
|Tre'von Lightfoot||Jr.||Defensive Back||Emory & Henry|
|Robert Smith||Sr.||Defensive Back||Guilford|
|Sidney Henry||Sr.||Defensive Back||Hampden-Sydney|
|Eric Long||Sr.||Defensive Back||Randolph-Macon|
|ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM|
|John Byrd||Sr.||Running Back||Randolph-Macon|
|Marshall Hollerith||Jr.||Running Back||Washington and Lee|
|Eric Hoy||Fr.||All-Purpose Back||Randolph-Macon|
|Lucas Morley||Jr.||Wide Receiver||Catholic|
|Tyree Ward||Fr.||Wide Receiver||Emory & Henry|
|Mel Savarese||Sr.||Tight End||Hampden-Sydney|
|Sean Douglass||Sr.||Offensive Line||Bridgewater|
|Jack Durkin||Sr.||Offensive Line||Catholic|
|Pat Charvat||Jr.||Offensive Line||Guilford|
|Todd Edstrom||Sr.||Offensive Line||Hampden-Sydney|
|Ray Monasterski||Sr.||Offensive Line||Washington and Lee|
|Matt Underhill||Jr.||Placekicker||Washington and Lee|
|Nicholas Cawthon||Sr.||Defensive Line||Bridgewater|
|Victor Montalbano||Sr.||Defensive Line||Emory & Henry|
|Benjamin Carson||Jr.||Defensive Line||Hampden-Sydney|
|Moody Heard||Sr.||Defensive Line||Washington and Lee|
|Rennel Marshall||Sr.||Linebacker||Emory & Henry|
|Anthony Moton II||Sr.||Defensive Back||Bridgewater|
|Ryan Byrd||Sr.||Defensive Back||Emory & Henry|
|Karl Roberts||Jr.||Defensive Back||Guilford|
|Larry Haskins||Sr.||Defensive Back||Hampden-Sydney|
|ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM|
|Charlie Nelson||Jr.||Quarterback||Washington and Lee|
|Chris Thompson||So.||Running Back||Emory & Henry|
|Connor Chess||Jr.||Running Back||Washington and Lee|
|Austin Perryman||Sr.||All-Purpose Back||Hampden-Sydney|
|Michael Mey||Sr.||Wide Receiver||Hampden-Sydney|
|Christian Redman||Fr.||Wide Receiver||Randolph-Macon|
|Steven Quinn||Jr.||Tight End||Randolph-Macon|
|Jack Taylor||Jr.||Tight End||Washington and Lee|
|Paul Cozens||Sr.||Offensive Line||Emory & Henry|
|Grayson Williams||So.||Offensive Line||Emory & Henry|
|Steven Gordon||So.||Offensive Line||Guilford|
|Dustin Edwards||Sr.||Offensive Line||Shenandoah|
|Marcus Jenkins||Sr.||Offensive Line||Shenandoah|
|Tyler Rose||So.||Defensive Line||Emory & Henry|
|Patrick Volk||So.||Defensive Line||Guilford|
|Jake Pinkston||So.||Defensive Line||Randolph-Macon|
|Patrick Wright||Sr.||Defensive Line||Washington and Lee|
|Rasheen Williams||Jr.||Linebacker||Emory & Henry|
|Jaylan Martin||Sr.||Defensive Back||Guilford|
|Tyler Martin||Sr.||Defensive Back||Hampden-Sydney|
|Deshaun Rogers||Jr.||Defensive Back||Randolph-Macon|
|Michael Shields||So.||Defensive Back||Washington and Lee|