Monday, November 14, 2005

Seven Terror Gridders Named All-CC; Ringgold Unanimous First Team Choice

Seven players on the McDaniel College football team were named to the 2005 All-Centennial Conference football squad on Monday. Five players on defense and a pair on offense were named to the league’s First and Second Teams. McDaniel was not represented on the Honorable Mention listing.

Junior Drew Abbamonte (Damascus, MD / Damascus) along with seniors Chase Noll (Wilmington, DE / McKean) and Ron Ringgold (Aberdeen, MD / Aberdeen), were named to the defensive first team.

Abbamonte was a constant disruption to opponents’ passing game nabbing six passes for 68 return yards. He also broke up 11 passes this season. The junior free safety recorded 82 tackles to finish second on the squad in that category. 51 of his tackles were unassisted efforts with four resulting in a loss of yards.

Noll recorded a team-high six-sacks from his nose guard position resulting in 44 yards of losses for McDaniel’s opposition. He recorded 44 tackles, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick in 2005.

Ringgold, a middle linebacker, recorded 136 tackles, the fifth most prolific season of stops in McDaniel’s football history. His 72 solo tackles represents the fifth best season on record in that category. Amongst his tackles were four sacks. He also forced a fumble and recorded three interceptions and tacked on 77 return yards, 41 of which came on a touchdown return in the win against Ursinus.

Defensive back Andy Lee (Bethesda, MD / Walt Whitman) and punter Corey Allen (Rockville, MD / Magruder) were each named to the Second Team Defense. Working opposite of Abbamonte, the strong safety was third on the team in tackles with 66 stops. He broke up 6 passes and intercepted another to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Allen finished his career as the only punter to pass the 8,000-yard barrier in Green Terror history. The senior kicked 77 times for a school record 2,824 yards averaging 36.7 yards per punt. Allen dropped 17 kicks inside his opponent’s 20-yardline this season, leaving several on the 1-yardline, including once in each of the season’s final to weeks. He boomed a career long punt of 68 yards at Muhlenberg this season.

McDaniel’s two offensive players honored were both juniors. Offensive lineman Rob Jones (Middle River / EVT) and Wide Receiver Chris Martin (Clarksville, MD / River Hill) were each named Second Team All-Centennial.

Jones centered a line that afforded McDaniel runners 3.4 yards per carry in 2005, while Martin was second on McDaniel’s roster with 26 receptions and 241 yards for 9.3 yards per catch.

The Green Terror finished the season at 5-5 marking the first time since 1996 the team finished at or below .500.

First Team Defense
Pos-Name, School Cl Hometown / High School
DL-Chase Noll Sr Wilmington, DE / McKean
LB-Ron Ringgold* Sr Aberdeen, MD / Aberdeen
DB-Drew Abbamonte# Jr Damascus, MD / Damascus

Second Team Offense
Pos-Name Cl Hometown / High School
WR-Chris Martin Jr Clarksville, MD / River Hill
OL-Rob Jones Jr Middle River, MD / Eastern Tech

Second Team Defense
Pos-Name Cl Hometown / High School
DB-Andy Lee * Sr Bethesda, MD / Walt Whitman
P-Corey Allen Sr Rockville, MD / Magruder

* 1st-team All-Centennial in 2004
# 2nd-team All-Centennial in 2004

Offensive Player of the Year: Anthony Triplin, Johns Hopkins, Jr., WR
Defensive Player of the Year: Dan McCall, Muhlenberg, Sr., LB

  • Triplin is the second player from Johns Hopkins and the first in 20 years to win the Centennial Offensive Player of the Year award. QB Mark Campbell was the other honoree in 1985.
  • McCall is the second consecutive player from Muhlenberg to win the Centennial Defensive Player of the Year award, following in the footsteps of Ryan Peer.
  • Kline is the first freshman to be named to the first team since Dickinson's Scott Blum in 2001.
  • McCall becomes the 30th player in the 23-year history of the Conference to earn first-team All-Centennial honors three times. Ringgold and Stearrett were also first-team repeaters from 2004.
  • Six players were unanimous first-team selections - Lyons, Triplin, Cook, Luke, Ringgold and Smith.
  • Four students were also named to the Conference Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes sophomores, junior and seniors who are key performers and have a 3.40 cumulative grade point average or higher.