Case Western Reserve University senior defensive end Cameron Brown was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player for the second-straight year, and Greg Debeljak was selected as the PAC Coach of the Year, headlining the list of CWRU all-conference honorees, released by the league on Tuesday.
In addition to Brown, junior right tackle Dee Gose, junior wide receiver Colt Morgan, sophomore quarterback Drew Saxton, junior linebacker Travis Johnston and senior safety Patrick Crossey were each named to the All-PAC First Team. Junior right guard Anthony Polizzi, senior defensive tackle Andrew Lease and junior linebacker Joshua Smith were all selected to the All-PAC Second Team, while junior running backs Brett Carney and Zach Hall, senior wide receiver Mario Robaina, senior cornerback Kevin Chrissis, and sophomore kicker Robertson Albrecht were each chosen as honorable mentions to the All-PAC Team.
In addition, senior quarterback/ wide receiver Ryan Coolidge was named CWRU's representative on the PAC Sportsmanship Team.
Brown is the only in PAC history to repeat as the league's Defensive MVP, since the Most Valuable Player award was split into offense and defense in 2013. The team co-captain is also just the third player in program history to be named to the All-PAC Team all four years of his career, joining former Spartan center Gage Blair (2014-17) and wide receiver Tom Coniglio (1980-83). Brown has registered 45 tackles (27 solo) this season, and leads all CWRU players with 10.5 sacks (the fourth-highest total in program history) and 17.5 tackles for a loss. His six forced fumbles lead all Division III players this year, while he is also ranked 11th with 1.1 sacks per game and 22nd with 1.8 tackles for a loss per contest. Brown is also the CWRU career record holder in sacks with 34.5 during his four years as a Spartan. He was a two-time PAC Defensive Player of the Week during the year, while earning a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week on October 8th.
For Debeljak, this is his second PAC Coach of the Year honor, after splitting the award with Washington & Jefferson's Mike Sirianni in 2017. Debeljak led the Spartans to the team's first-ever outright PAC Championship in 2019, claiming the conference title with an 8-1 league mark. Case Western Reserve also secured its fifth postseason bid under Debeljak's tutelage, as the squad improved to 119-46 during his 16 seasons, good for a .721 winning percentage.
Saxton and Morgan each garnered a spot on the All-PAC First Team for the second-straight year, as the pair once again formed one of the most successful quarterback-wide receiver combinations in all of Division III. Saxton completed 60.1% of his passes during the regular season, throwing for 2,718 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He currently ranks 24th in Division III in completions per game (21.8), 29th in passing touchdowns, and 21st in passing yards. Saxton received PAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on October 14th.
Morgan has caught 75 passes for 1,011 yards (becoming just the second player in program history with two seasons of 1,000 receiving yards) and 13 touchdowns. He is currently 13th in Division III with 7.5 receptions per game, 17th in receiving touchdowns, and 25th in receiving yards. Morgan was named the PAC Offensive Player of the Week on September 9th.
Johnston has been a major factor on the Spartans' defense this season, and is currently tied for second on the team with 63 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and one sack. He also has four pass breakups and an interceptions, while ranking eighth among Division III players with three fumbles recovered. Johnston has had an impact on special teams as well, blocking a pair of kicks and averaging 25.6 yards per kick return (34th in DIII), including one kick returned for a touchdown. Johnston was named the PAC Defensive Player of the Week on October 7th and the Special Teams Player of the Week on November 4th.
Crossey earned his third career All-PAC selection and his second-straight nod to the league's first team. He is one of just seven players in CWRU history to be named to the All-PAC team three or more times over a career. The team co-captain leads all Spartan players this season with 75 tackles, while also picking off a pair of passes during the campaign.
Gose, a first-team selection, and Polizzi, a second-team honoree, each helped to anchor the right side of a Spartans' offensive line that yielded just 1.2 sacks per game, the second-best mark in the PAC and the 44th-best among all Division III teams during the campaign. Each started all 10 regular season games for CWRU in 2019. It was also the first All-PAC honor for both Gose and Polizzi.
Lease, who has started all nine games he has played in for the Spartans this season, has registered a career season for CWRU. He is currently third on the team with 5.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for a loss. Lease has totaled 30 tackles this year, and has also registered a blocked kick and a safety. He earned a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week on October 1st. This was his first career All-PAC honor.
Smith also secured his first All-PAC award in 2019. He is currently second on the team with 7.5 sacks (48th in DIII) and 14.5 tackles for a loss (39th in DIII). In addition, Smith has picked off a pair of passes, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick during the campaign. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week on both October 15th and November 12th.
Carney saw considerable time at fullback this season, emerging as a key player on the Spartans' offense after making the transition from linebacker prior to the start of the season. He carried the ball eight times for 55 yards during the campaign, while also catching nine passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. This was his first career All-PAC honor.
Robaina tallied a career year at wide receiver for the Spartans, catching 55 passes for 644 yards, both career bests. He also registered a pair of touchdown catches, and returned punts for CWRU throughout the year, averaging 4.4 yards per return. It was his first time receiving All-PAC honors.
Hall was the Spartans' top running back during the campaign, leading the team with 111 carries for 608 yards, good for an average of 5.5 yards per carry (59th in DIII). He notched 100-yard rushing games against both Washington & Jefferson and Carnegie Mellon, and finished the year with a pair of rushing touchdowns. The honorable mention was the first All-PAC selection of his career.
Chrissis secured an All-PAC honorable mention for the second-consecutive season in 2019. He finished the regular season with 13 tackles, while leading the team with three interceptions and five passes broken up, in addition to forcing a fumble.
Albrecht once again ranked as one of the top kickers in the PAC, converting seven-of-13 field goal attempts and 42-of-43 extra point tries for a total of 63 points. It was the second-straight season that Albrecht has been named to the All-PAC team, after earning a first-team selection last year.
By virtue of winning the PAC Championship, the Spartans received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships, and will travel to Schenectady, New York to face Union College in the first round of the postseason on Saturday, November 23rd at noon.