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Koonce Named ODAC Rookie of the Year, 14 All-ODAC

Kyree Koonce ROY

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
Offense
Matt Pawlowski Sr. Quarterback Guilford
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
 
 
 
 
Defense
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
Hunter Hoots Jr. Linebacker Guilford
Daytwyn Rascoe Sr. Linebacker Guilford
Nick Martin Sr. Linebacker Hampden-Sydney
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
Tyler Hunt Sr. Punter Guilford
 
 
 
 
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Offense
T.J. Tutone Sr. Quarterback Catholic
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
 
 
 
 
Defense
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
Davey Hardesty Jr. Linebacker Bridgewater
Rennel Marshall Sr. Linebacker Emory & Henry
Logan O'Neill Jr. Linebacker Randolph-Macon
MIchael Messick Sr. Linebacker Shenandoah
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
Jordan Chalkley Sr. Punter Hampden-Sydney
 
 
 
 
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Offense
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
Chandler DeHaven Sr. Placekicker Bridgewater
 
 
 
 
Defense
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
Ross Sanford Jr. Linebacker Catholic
Rasheen Williams Jr. Linebacker Emory & Henry
Jay Brooks Sr. Linebacker Hampden-Sydney
Micheal Wroble Sr. Linebacker Shenandoah
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
Christian Arias So. Punter Shenandoah
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