Six Tigers Named First-Team All-NCAC; Andy Hunt Voted Newcomer of the Year

Six Tigers Named First-Team All-NCAC; Andy Hunt Voted Newcomer of the Year

Greencastle, Ind. - Following an 8-2 season including a tie for second in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings at 7-2, the DePauw football team was well-represented on the all-NCAC teams as voted on by the league's coaches.

Six Tigers earned first team honors, while three each were named to the second team and honorable mention. Additionally, freshman wide receiver Andy Hunt (Fr., Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian) was chosen as the NCAC's Newcomer of the Year.

Andy Hunt led DePauw with 41 catches for 720 yards, a 17.6-yard per catch average and eight touchdown receptions. His 720 receiving yards were the most ever by a DePauw freshman.

Over the Tigers' final six games, Hunt caught 36 passes for 649 yards and seven scores. He grabbed nine for 207 yards (a DePauw freshman record) against Wittenberg and also topped the 100-yard level against Denison (10-124) and Wabash (6-104). He caught two touchdowns each against Wittenberg, Allegheny and Wabash and joins Barry Flynn as the other DePauw player to earn the award when he did so in 2013 after playing just his senior season.

DePauw placed five on the 11-player first team including junior quarterback Matt Hunt (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian), junior running Jason Kirchhoff (Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur), senior tight end Tyler Leising (Oldenburg, Ind./Batesville) and senior offensive linemen Kody Bontreger (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) and Hunter Logan (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam). Senior linebacker Philip Ganser (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was the team's lone selection on the first team defense.

Matt Hunt completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 2,413 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions for an efficiency rating of 165.76. Hunt was the NCAC's top-rated passer and was second in passing yards per game (241.3), while also ranking sixth in rushing yards per contest (59.6). His 300.9 yards of offense per game also topped the NCAC. He previously earned honorable mention in 2014.

Kirchhoff ranked second in the conference with 84.1 yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry. He topped the 100-yard plateau on four occasions and his 757 rushing yards ranked 13th in school history and were the most by a DePauw player since Jeremiah Marks totaled 949 in 2007. 

Leising was fourth on the Tigers' squad with 19 catches and averaged 15.2 yards per catch with three touchdowns. He caught five passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' November 7 win over Oberlin.

Bontreger and Logan anchored an offensive line that helped DePauw to its best offensive season in the 128-year history of the program. The Tigers established single-season records for points (393), first downs (263) and total offense yards (4,879). The Tigers led the NCAC in total offense yards per game (487.9) and yards per play (6.4) and are third in Division III in third-down conversions at 55.0 percent. Bontreger was a first team choice in 2014.

Ganser, who moved from defensive back to linebacker this season, was second on the team with 80 tackles including 7.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He intercepted a pass and broke up four others while forcing a fumble. Ganser finished with 13 tackles each against Wooster and Denison. 

Earning second team honors were senior center Taylor Shellman (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) on offense as well as junior linebacker Will Longthorne (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills) and junior defensive lineman Peter Nelson (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) on defense.

Shellman started seven games at center this year and two others at guard. Longthorne, an honorable mention choice last year, led the Tigers with 104 total tackles which was the most by a DePauw player since Matt MacPherson's 108 in 1998. He also topped the squad with 15.0 tackles for loss and six pass breakups. Nelson started nine games at nose tackle and totaled 24 tackles of which 5.0 were for losses.

Honorable mention selections for the Tigers included Andy Hunt on offense as well as junior linebacker Thomas Gray (Westmont, Ill./Nazareth Academy) on defense and sophomore defensive lineman Chris Hawk (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) on defense.