February 5, 2016

Lebanon Valley Football - LVC Announces Postseason Award Winners

Photo courtesy of LVC
ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley's football program handed out its postseason awards at the team's annual banquet on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31. As it does every year, the event remembered the team's most recent campaign and honored the program's senior class.

Offensive MVP - Brendon Irving
Irving earned his second straight MAC First-Team All-Conference honor by finishing second in the league with 1,027 rushing yards despite missing a game due to injury. The junior running back became just the second player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He posted a career-high 190 rushing yards in a week two win over Misericordia and averaged 5.7 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns on the year. Irving was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week in mid-October.

Defensive MVP - Trevor St. Clair
St. Clair, a MAC All-Conference Second-Team selection, was Lebanon Valley's most consistent defensive player this fall, finishing with a team-high 61 tackles. The senior inside linebacker made 39 solo stops, including 6.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks, to go along with his team-leading three interceptions, three pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. The team captain was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week in mid-October.

Special Teams MVP - Marcus Brown
Brown provided a lift to the LVC kicking game and was twice named the MAC Special Teams Player of the Week this season. The freshman was 9-of-13 on the year kicking field goals with a long of 38 yards. He added 31 extra-points to finish with a team-high 86 total points on the year.

Unsung Hero Award - Clayton Williard
Williard, a graduate student who returned to LVC for his final year of eligibility, earned the Unsung Hero Award for the second consecutive season. He made 28 tackles on the season including 11 solo stops. He added one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a pair of pass breakups. The nose tackle was a force that helped the Dutchmen defense hold opposing teams to less than 150 yards rushing per game.

Hammer Hit Award - Reid Pavlik
Given to a player who consistently hits the hardest during the season, the Hammer Hit award went to Pavlik for the second straight year. The outside linebacker ranked fifth on the team with 46 total tackles including 33 solo stops. The senior added a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry to form a formidable linebacker corps along with St. Clair, Tom Gallagher, and Tommy Garner that wreaked havoc on opposing signal callers.

Scott Wallace Memorial Award - Bryant Weller
Weller, the team's starting center the past two years, earned a MAC All-Conference Honorable Mention nod following the 2015 season. Behind Weller and the rest of the offensive line, the Dutchmen managed 2,238 yards on the ground and 22 rushing touchdowns as a team. Weller has been named one of LVC's 2016 team captains. The Scot Wallace Memorial Award is given to a returning team member in good academic standing who displays exemplary play and leadership on the field.

Walter Sheets Memorial Offensive Lineman Award - Tyler Good
Good was named a D3football.com Second-Team All-American after a stellar senior campaign. The right guard helped Irving to rush for 1,000-plus yards, Jon Jones to record a 500-plus yard campaign, and Ryan Fink to score six touchdowns. In pass protection, he was the anchor of a line that surrendered just two sacks per game and allowed LVC quarterbacks to throw for a combined 1,457 yards and 16 touchdowns. He is the only LVC player to win the Walter Sheets Memorial Award twice.

Service Players of the Year - Steve Salerno (offensive), Adam Wagaman (defensive), Cale Bruso (special teams)

The Service Player of the Year awards are given to players who show outstanding dedication and drive in helping the varsity team prepare for their opponents in practice. Salerno, Wagaman, and Bruso were all invaluable to the team in mimicking opponents' schemes in practice during the week.