Defensive Player of the Year O'Brien One of Fourteen Bobcats Named to All-ACFC Team
DOVER, DE —
Fourteen Frostburg State players have been voted to the All-Atlantic Central Football Conference Team, including junior George O'Brien, who was selected the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
O'Brien led the conference with 18 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks and finished second on the Bobcats with 84 tackles. He was named the ACFC Defensive Player of the Week twice during the season and took home ECAC Division III Southwest Region Defensive Player of the Week honors once. O'Brien helped FSU lead the ACFC in sacks with 26, nearly twice as many as Salisbury, which ranked second with 15.
Joining O'Brien on the first team defensive unit are junior lineman Ron Luczak (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) and sophomore linebacker James Plummer (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll).
Luczak ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (16), tied for second in sacks (4.5) and tied for third in tackles (61). He also added three pass breakups.
Plummer led FSU with 88 tackles in his first year as a starter, and he added 14 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. He also recorded an interception, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Plummer, who posted a career-high 16 tackles in a loss to Allegheny, was named the ACFC Defensive Player of the Week three out of the last four weeks of the season and earned ECAC Division III Southwest Region Defensive Player of the Week honors once.
Senior running back DeNelle Hale (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar), junior wide receiver Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) and junior offensive linemen Chris Golliday (Frostburg, Md./Allegany) and Matt Smith (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) each earned first-team offense honors.
Hale returned from an injury-riddle junior season to lead the league with 1,073 rushing yards, and he ranked second in both rushing touchdowns (13) and total touchdowns (15).
Hale, who also topped the ACFC in all-purpose yards (168.8 ypg), set school and conference single-game records with five rushing touchdowns and 30 points in a 44-13 win over Apprentice. Of his 15 touchdowns on the season, eight were 40 yards or longer.
Hale also earned first-team honors as a punt returner after leading the league with a 12.6-yard return average.
Wilkins emerged as the Bobcats' top receiver, hauling in 52 passes for 646 yards and eight touchdowns to set career marks in all three categories.
He enjoyed the finest game with a career-high 12 catches for a school-record 210 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Catholic, and he capped the year by snaring a 13-yard scoring pass in overtime to give FSU a thrilling 30-27 win over rival Salisbury in the Third Annual Regents' Cup at RFK Stadium in Washington.
Golliday, who missed most of last season with a back injury, and Smith anchored an offensive line that helped the Bobcats average 30.9 points and 371.6 total yards per game. FSU allowed a league-low nine sacks and topped the ACFC with 194.3 rushing yards per game.
Freshman Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) was named the first-team punter and shared first-team kicker honors with Salisbury senior Paul Jacko. Quisgard led the ACFC with a 36.8-yard average on 44 punts, pinning 12 kicks inside the 20.
As a placekicker, he nailed 13-of-17 extra point attempts and 4-of-6 field goal tries, including a 30-yarder with 1:23 remaining to lift FSU to a stunning 25-23 win over Division I-AA Marist in his collegiate debut. Quisgard was named the ACFC Rookie of the Week twice during the season.
Six more Bobcats were voted to the ACFC second team — sophomore quarterback Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), senior tight end Andrew Dinbokowitz (Elkton, Md./Northeast), junior offensive lineman Ryan Long (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), sophomore offensive lineman Jason Cutsail (Middletown, Md./Middletown), junior defensive end Allen Jordan (Edgewood, Md./Edgewood) and senior defensive back Derek Kirk (Silver Spring, Md./Chopticon).
Burrough completed 136-of-262 passes for 1,607 yards and 15 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He also ran 86 times for 346 yards and four more scores.
Burrough set a single-game school record with 48 pass attempts against Catholic, and he earned ACFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after tossing three touchdowns and running for two more scores in a 55-24 win over Chowan.
His 15 touchdown passes were just one shy of Jobie Waldt's school record of 16 set in 1982.
Dinbokowitz capped his career by catching 17 passes for 178 yards, and he teamed with Long and Cutsail along the front line to help the Bobcat offense average 30.9 points and 371.6 total yards per game.
Jordan ranked seventh on the FSU squad with 43 tackles, adding eight stops for loss, 4.5 sacks, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was named the ACFC Defensive Player of the Week once this past season.
Kirk recorded a team-high six pass breakups and tied for the club lead with two interceptions. He ranked ninth on the team with 33 tackles, and he added five punt returns for 105 yards, including a team-best 78-yard runback.
Frostburg State finished 5-4 overall and placed second in the ACFC with a 2-1 league mark. The Bobcats won their final three games of the season, including a 30-27 overtime victory over state rival Salisbury in the Third Annual Regents' Cup at RFK Stadium in Washington.
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