Sprint Football Earns Six First-Team All-CSFL
PHILADELPHIA - Sprint football was well represented on the recently announced All-CSFL teams after winning five games and finishing third place overall in league play during the 2011 season. The Quakers had six players named to both the first-team and second-team, along with 10 players that earned honorable mention for the season.
On the offensive side of the ball, Penn had two individuals earn first-team All-CSFL honors. Todd Busler earned his second first-team nod and third All-CSFL honor overall. He threw for 1,681 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011, both of which were the second highest marks in the league. Busler will graduate as the program's all-time leading passer, throwing for 4,423 yards in his four years, including 45 touchdowns. He also ran for a team-high seven touchdowns this season.
Joining him on the first-team was freshman Mike Beamish. In his first year, Beamish made an immediate impact, finishing second in the league in rushing yardage with 662 yards on 112 carries, an average of 5.9 yards a carry. He also had four rushing touchdowns. Out of the backfield, Beamish caught 15 passes for 136 yards and another score.
On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Cuccinello was all but a shoe-in for first-team All-CSFL after leading the league with 74 tackles from his linebacker position. A season ago, Cuccinello earned honorable mention All-CSFL. The senior captain finished with 12.5 tackles for loss this season and had 10-plus tackles in each of the first six games, including a career-high 13 tackles against Mansfield.
Fellow defensive captain Anthony DiBella also earned first-team All-CSFL after recording 48 tackles, 31 solo. This is the second consecutive year that DiBella has earned a first-team honor. The junior was also honorable mention as a freshman. He has made 87 tackles through his first three seasons at Penn.
A third defender, Alexander Starr, also earned first-team for the second consecutive season in 2011. The junior finished the year with 41 tackles, but his biggest impact came in pass defense where he intercepted four passes. He also earned CSFL Defensive Player of the Week after three of his interceptions came against Mansfield. He broke up six passes in coverage.
The final first-team honoree was Whit Shaw. Shaw earned the honor in the newly created special team's returnee category. Always a threat with his hands on the ball, Shaw averaged 27.2 yards per kickoff return this season, which included an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Cornell. He also returned 10 punts for a total of 106 yards.
Shaw was also named a second-team All-CSFL wide receiver. The junior captain caught 25 passes, which was the second-most on the team. He had 353 receiving yards and three touchdowns on those receptions. Shaw has now earned a first-team honor in each of his three seasons at Penn. He was a first-team All-CSFL wide receiver as a freshman and sophomore. He was joined by two other receivers on the second-team.
Seniors Mathew Wetherell and Kamil Okroj were also named second-team All-CSFL. Wetherell led the team with 470 yards receiving at his tight end position. He had 24 receptions and four touchdowns receiving this season. He had two 100-plus yards receiving games and caught touchdowns in three different games. This is the third straight season that Wetherell has been named second-team All-CSFL.
Okroj was the big play threat in the Quakers' passing game for the 2011 season. He had 20 catches for 370 yards, including a team-high seven touchdowns receiving. He averaged a team-best 18.5 yards per catch and caught a touchdown in each of Penn's last four games, including a three touchdown performance against Army.
Blocking for all of these offensive award winners was Shane Curry. Curry, a junior, played in every game for the Quakers this season. He earned second-team All-CSFL honors on the offensive line. In his first two seasons at Penn, Curry was named honorable mention All-CSFL.
The final two players to earn second-team All-CSFL were a pair of special teamers, Michael Bass and Beamish. Bass finished the season with 40 points, kicking 22 PAT's and six field goals in nine tries. He had two field goals against both Mansfield and Cornell, while adding a career-long 35-yard field goal in the season finale against Princeton.
In addition to his first-team honor as a running back, Beamish was named second-team All-CSFL punter. He handled all of Penn's punting duties this season and averaged 33.8 yards on those 29 punts. Eight of his punts forced the opponent to start inside its own 20 yard line and two of his punts traveled over 50 yards. He was also named CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week after the game against Post.
In addition to the 12 first and second-team honors, Penn had 10 players named honorable mention All-CSFL. Included in those honorable mentions was another pair of receivers, Andrew Donald and Freddy Ordonez. Donald caught 26 passes for 361 yards and five touchdowns, while Ordonez had five receptions for 38 yards and 58 yards in kick returns. Both sophomores, Donald and Ordonez earned honorable mentions for the second straight season.
Two more offensive linemen rounded out the award winners on the offensive side of the ball. Both Sean McGreevy and Jordan Colbert played in every game along the offensive line this season. As a freshman, McGreevy is earning his first league award, while Colbert, a junior, was an honorable mention All-CSFL in 2010.
Six more defensive players earned honorable mention All-CSFL. Two senior defensive linemen, Justin Bass and Brandon Batzel, helped anchor a strong defensive front. Batzel finished with a team-high five sacks to go along with 17 tackles, 11 solo. He also forced a fumble. Bass finished his senior season with 13 tackles, 10 solo. He also had a constant presence in the opponent's backfield and finished with two tackles for loss.
In the linebacker corps, Jack Miller and Antony Krumbhaar took home honorable mention status. As a senior, Krumbhaar finished the season with 19 tackles. Ten of his stops were solo tackles. Miller made 48 tackles as a sophomore, including 29 solo. He also had a sack, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble. He has earned honorable mention All-CSFL in each of his first two seasons.
Rounding out the league honorees are a pair of defensive backs, Chris Twombly and Rolando Lyles. Twombly finished his junior season with two interceptions and made 43 tackles. He also broke up three other passes. Lyles also had two interceptions that both came in the game against Post. He finished with two pass break-ups in that game against Post and had a total of eight for the year to go along with 20 tackles.
Below is a breakdown of all Penn's All-CSFL performers.
Penn's All-CSFL Selections: