SU roundup: Hornets land nine on all-ODAC football squad

FOREST — Nine Shenandoah University football players were honored Tuesday for on-field excellence in All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors announced by the conference office.

Sophomore Cedrick Delaney and junior Jake Payne headline these selections with their placement on the first team offense and defense, respectively.

Delaney, a running back, set new SU and ODAC records for rushing yards in a game as well as an SU record for rushing yards in a season, while Payne was a mainstay along the squad’s defensive line.

Shenandoah had four players: Dustin Edwards, Jacob Newton, Ian Griffin and Michael Messick, selected second team All-ODAC and three more: Sean Blackman, Micheal Wroble and Josh White, grabbing spots on the third team.

The nine honorees bring the Hornets total to 24 in three seasons of ODAC play.

Six of those 24 have been first-team selections, with eight coming to the second team and 10 to the third team.

Delaney ran for a school record 1,239 yards this season, elipsing the 100-yard barrier in seven of 10 games, and had a huge day on Nov. 8 versus Emory and Henry.

The Manassas native ran for an ODAC and SU record 321 yards on 41 carries and scored four touchdowns in the 42-34 defeat. He was later named ODAC Player of the Week and to the Team of the Week for his efforts.

Payne, a Catharpin native, played all four positions along the defense and had a third-best-on-squad 58 tackles.

Those 58 tackles were split evenly between solo and assisted tackles, and his six sacks led the team.

Edwards, a center, anchored a Hornets offensive line that put up a second-best-in-ODAC 248 rushing yards per contest.

He has started every game in the past two seasons.

Newton, the place-kicker, was outstanding in his first collegiate season. He was 12 of 14 in field goal attempts and 28 of 33 on PATs for 64 points.

He was 7 of 7 in field goals inside of 30 yards and nailed a 44-yard field goal in a 47-31 win over Guilford in October.

Griffin, at defensive end, and Messick, at linebacker, round out the second-team honorees.

Griffin was sixth on the team with 49 tackles (26 solo) and he had 4.5 sacks and a co-team-best 12.5 tackles for loss.

Messick posted a school record 117 tackles from his middle linebacker position, matched Griffin’s tackles for loss total and had five sacks. He posted double-digit tackles in eight of 10 games and had a school record 19 stops in the Randolph-Macon game on Nov. 1.

Blackman, Wroble and White complete the SU representatives to the All-ODAC squad with their placement on the third team.

Blackman and Wroble were named as linebackers and White as a defensive back.

Blackman had 46 tackles from his inside linebacker position despite missing one full game and all but one play of another after suffering an ankle injury in the season opener at Gallaudet.

He broke up four passes in addition to having 1/2 sack and 3.5 tackles for loss.

Wroble paired with Messick to stop everything in sight at middle linebacker — he was second on the team to Messick with 75 tackles and he posted double digit stops in four of seven ODAC contests.

White, a freshman, earned a starting job with two interceptions versus Ferrum in week three and eventually led the squad with five interceptions and seven pass breakups.

His two interceptions in the Ferrum contest earned him ODAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

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