November 6, 2014

MICHAEL BENNETT AND RYAN O’HARA FROM No. 11 WIDENER FOOTBALL NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

Chester, PA (Nov. 6, 2014) – Senior punter Michael Bennett (Maple Glen, PA/Ursinus Coll.) and junior kicker Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford) from Widener’s 11th-ranked football team today each received a major accolade in being picked Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District.

Bennett has been one of the team’s most valuable weapons with his ability to pin teams deep. In addition to his 12 punts inside the 20 yard line that put him second in the conference, he also has five inside the 10 yard line and three inside the six yard line.

Bennett on Saturday had two punts land inside the six yard line vs. Stevenson with the first leading to a safety to help set the tone in Widener’s 34-23 victory. Last season at Stevenson, Bennett also helped create a 2-0 Widener lead thanks to a deep punt.

He has averaged 32.2 yards per punt this season, including a 50-yard punt September 20 vs. Albright on a day in which he averaged 36.8 yards per boot.

O’Hara is tied for fourth in the league with four field goals and also has booted 32 extra points. This included going 8-for-8 on extra points October 18 vs. Wilkes for the fourth-best mark in school history, also hitting a 42-yard field goal and notching a 60.0 average on kickoffs.

O’Hara was named Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after going 5-for-5 on extra points and averaging 57.6 yards per kickoff September 13 at Lebanon Valley. He also booted five extra points against Albright on September 20 and Misericordia on October 4.

Bennett and O’Hara now are eligible for the Academic All-America awards, which will be announced in December.

Widener (8-0, 7-0 MAC) is ranked 11th according to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and 13th by D3Football.com. It also learned earlier this week it is third in the NCAA East Regional Rankings, the primary criteria for placing teams into the NCAA Tournament.

Widener is 8-0 for the eighth time in school history and is level with No. 17 Delaware Valley atop the MAC. The two face each other November 15 at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium with the league title on the line.

Widener has one game left before Delaware Valley as it visits King’s for a 1:00 pm contest Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, PA.