Brown, Morgan & Saxton Each Named to D3football.com All-Region Teams

Brown, Morgan & Saxton Each Named to D3football.com All-Region Teams

Case Western Reserve University senior defensive end Cameron Brown (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) was named to the D3football.com All-South Region First Team, while sophomore wide receiver Colt Morgan (Wooster, Ohio / Wooster) was selected to the Second Team, and freshman quarterback Drew Saxton (South Fayette, Pa. / South Fayette) was a Third Team honoree.

This was the first All-Region honor for each of the three players.  Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 14, in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLV.

Brown was selected as the top defensive player in both the Presidents' Athletic Conference and the University Athletic Association in 2018, becoming the first Spartan to be named the PAC Defensive Player of the Year since CWRU rejoined the league as a football affiliate member in 2014.  He claimed his second-straight All-PAC First Team honor and third-consecutive All-PAC award overall, finishing the year with a school record 15.0 sacks, while his 1.5 sacks per game were the second-most among Division III players during the year.  The team co-captain totaled 49 tackles (28 solo), including 18 for a loss, while hurrying the quarterback a team-high seven times, intercepting one pass and returning it for a touchdown, forcing three fumbles and breaking up a pair of passes.  Brown was twice named to the D3football.com Team of the Week, a three-time PAC Athlete of the Week selection, and a three-time UAA Athlete of the Week in 2018.  He was also an All-UAA First Team honoree for the third-straight year.

Brown is the Spartans' first D3football.com All-Region First Team honoree since 2009.  It marks fifth time in CWRU history a player has been named to the D3football.com All-Region First Team, as Brown joins guard Ryan Breon (2008), linebacker Tom Brew (2006 and 2007) and guard Tony Opperman (2009) as past honorees.  He is also the third CWRU defensive end to receive all-region recognition from the organization, along with Brian Calderone (third team in 2006 and second team in 2007) and Adam Watson (third team in 2012).

Morgan, a First Team All-PAC and All-UAA honoree in 2018, had one of the best single seasons in program history by a wide receiver, setting a program record 18 receiving touchdowns (the second-most among DIII receivers in 2018), while catching 79 passes for 1,094 yards, each the second-highest total in CWRU history.  He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after catching 15 passes for a program-record 281 yards and three touchdowns against Saint Vincent.  The effort was one of four games of at least 100 receiving yards for Morgan during the campaign.  Morgan was named the PAC Athlete of the Week once, and the UAA Athlete of the Week twice during the year.

He is the third Spartan receiver to earn a spot on the D3football.com All-Region team, joining Joe Brenner (second team in 2006) and Zach Homyk (third team in 2010).

Saxton was selected as the program's first PAC Rookie of the Year, and was also named the first team quarterback on the All-PAC team.  In addition, he became the first freshman ever to be named the UAA Offensive Player of the Year, while also earning the league's Rookie of the Year award.  He matched a program record with 34 touchdowns, the third-most among all Division III quarterbacks this year.  He also led all conference quarterbacks with a 62.4% completion percentage (33rd in DIII), 22.1 completions per game (16th in DIII), a 161.0 quarterback efficiency (17th in DIII), and 3,033 passing yards (ninth in DIII).  Saxton was named a two-time PAC Athlete of the Week selection, a four-time UAA Athlete of the Week, and a four-time PAC Rookie of the Week.

Saxton was one of just 12 freshman named to one of the four D3football.com All-Region Teams this season, and the only one selected on the offensive side of the ball.  It marks the fourth time in program history that a CWRU quarterback has earned all-region honors from D3football.com, as Saxton joined Dan Whalen (2007 third team) and Rob Cuda (2015 and 2017 third team) as past Spartan honorees.

The Spartans finished the 2018 season with an 8-2 overall record, including a 7-2 mark in PAC games and a 1-1 ledger in the UAA.