Eight Named To D3football All-Region Teams
DOVER, Del. – Eight Wesley College football players were named to D3football.com All-Region Teams, it was announced by the website on Tuesday afternoon. Offensive lineman Brian Cranmer, as well as defensive end Devin Hardy, linebacker Sosthene Kapepula and safety Jared Morris all received first team recognition.
The eight overall selections and four first teamers are tied for the most in the Region with Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Also receiving All-Region honors was second team center Tim Putman, while quarterback Justin Sottilare, defensive tackle Terence Gavin and kicker Dan Tryon received third team recognition. Of the eight All-Region performers, only Sottilare had once earned the recognition previously, when he was the 2010 South Region Offensive Player of the Year.
Cranmer has started on the offensive line for the last three seasons at both guard and tackle. The senior team captain from Cologne, N.J., was a key cog on the left side of the line this year, helping the Wolverines offense average 34.0 points and 365.1 yards per game.
A senior co-captain and native of Baltimore, Md., Hardy is one of the premier defensive ends in the nation. At 6-3, 282 pounds, Hardy recorded 45 tackles in 2012, with nine coming for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble and blocked a kick on the year.
Leading the defense in nearly every category from the linebacker position, Kapepula made 120 stops on the season with 13 coming for a loss. The sophomore from Olney, Md., also forced four fumbles, recovered four more and had nine pass breakups and 1.5 sacks. His 120 tackles are the most by a Wolverine since Rocky Myers recorded 124 in 2004; the same year he became the only defensive player in Division III history to receive the Gagliardi Trophy as the Nation's top player.
Morris led the Wolverines with six interceptions on the year, helping the team to a team-record 26 pickoffs this season. A junior from Toms River, N.J., Morris moved from wide receiver to safety in 2012 and recorded a Wesley single-game record four interceptions in the season-opener at East Texas Baptist. Morris finished the year third on the team with 76 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss.
Putman has started the last three seasons at Center and is a two-year captain. A senior from Garnet Valley, Pa., Putman was a first team All-ACFC selection in 2011.
In his final season with the Wolverines, Sottilare completed 59.0% of his passes for 3,071 yards and 33 touchdowns. The native of Columbia, Md., set a Wesley record with 71 touchdown passes in a two-year span and closed out his career with a touchdown pass in 26 straight-games. The senior gunslinger is ranked fourth in Wesley history in yards (6,673), touchdowns (74), completions (472) and attempts (790).
Finishing fourth on the team with 53 tackles was Gavin, the junior defensive tackle from Vauxhall, N.J. The 6-0, 262 man in the middle was a vital component to a defense that ranked 15th in the Nation. Gavin also totaled 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in his first year as a full-time starter.
Tryon broke nearly every Wesley College kicking record in his four years with the Wolverines. The senior from Wilmington, Del., arguably had his finest season in 2012, making 11-of-15 field goals with a long of 43 yards. A member of the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List, Tryon holds school-record for field goals made (30), longest field goal (46), points by a kicker (263 – third overall), field goals made in a season (13), PATs made in a season (64), field goals made in a game (3) and PATs made in a game (9).
The Wolverines finished the season with a 10-2 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. After making its eighth-straight postseason appearance, Wesley has now won 100 games since 2004.