Six Spartans Named to OhioCollegeFootball.com Division III All-Ohio Team
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Six members of the Case Western Reserve University football team have been selected to the OhioCollegeFootball.com Division III All-Ohio Team, announced on Tuesday, December 7. Headlining the Spartan selections were first-team nods for junior center Michael Allen (McMurry, PA/Peters Township) and junior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, OH/Holy Name).
In addition to Allen and English, the Spartans had four second-team selections in senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep), senior offensive tackle Marcus Kluczynski (Erie, PA/McDowell), junior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, OH/Princeton) and senior placekicker Sam Coffey (Middletown, OH/Lakota East).
Allen played in all 10 games with nine starts, missing just one start due to injury. He anchored a line that led the way for the University Athletic Association's top offense (382.2 yards per game). In three seasons, Allen has played in 30 games and is a two-time first-team All-UAA selection.
English was third on the team with 64 tackles and led the Spartans with nine sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss. The three-time first-team All-UAA selection was just a half sack shy of the conference lead and had a stretch of seven games with at least a half-sack.
Homyk was named one of just 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the Division III Player of the Year. He recorded school single-season records with 90 receptions for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the nation at 9.0 receptions per game, seventh in receiving yards and ninth in yards per game (116.50). Homyk also finished his career with school career records for receptions (211) and blocked kicks (6).
Kluczynski started all 10 games at left tackle and missed only one game for his entire career. He ends his career as a four-time first-team All-UAA pick and helped lead the way for some of the top-ranked offenses in the nation during the past four seasons.
Adams led the team with 91 tackles and totaled 2.0 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and the game-winning blocked extra point attempt in late October versus Allegheny College (PA). In his first season as a starter, Adams was second in the league in tackles and was tabbed as a first-team All-UAA selection.
Coffey finished his career as the most accomplished kicker in school history. In 44 games, the four-time first-team All-UAA selection converted a school-record 192 extra points and 37 field goals. He also owns school single-season records with 57 extra points in 2008 and 12 field goals in 2007. This season, he hit seven field goals, including a long of 44 yards, and 33 extra points. Coffey also averaged 60.2 yards per kickoff with six touchbacks.
The Spartans finished the season at 8-2 overall and were ranked in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll for a fourth straight season.