November 15, 2005

Bloomsburg Places 12 on All-PSAC East Team

Hale Named Coach of the Year; Latorre Rookie of the Year

BLOOMSBURG--The Bloomsburg University football team had 12 players named to the 2006 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Football Team.

In addition, head coach Danny Hale was named the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year; while freshman quarterback Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) was named the PSAC Eastern Division Rookie of the Year.

Named first team offense were Wynton Shelton (Media/Penncrest), Luke Kuklick (North Wales/North Penn), Josh Heck (Hazleton/Hazleton) and Jon Koenig (Pine Grove/Pine Grove), while Scott Keating (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic), Rob Biernat (Bristol/Conwell Egan) and Tyler Trettin (Hummelstown/Hershey) were named first defense.

Earning second team honors on offense were Bryan Scruggs (Media/Sun Valley), Dave Shemaria (Camp Hill/Camp Hill) and Brahin Bilal (Philadelphia/Lincoln). Named second team defense were Zac Barton (Berryville, VA/Loudan Valley) and Marcus Waddy (Phildalphia/Frankford).

Hale wins his second straight East Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Huskies to a 10-1 record and their second straight Eastern Division title at 6-0. Entering the NCAA playoffs as the No. 2 seed out of the Northeast Region, the Huskies are ranked fifth in the latest poll and sixth by the American Football Coaches Association. With the only loss of the 2006 season occurring in the opener at Division I-AA James Madison, Bloomsburg has now won 22 straight games vs. Division II opponents over the last three regular seasons. In his 14th year at Bloomsburg and 19th overall when factoring in five seasons at West Chester, Hale has won at least a share of the East title 12 times and has been named East Coach of the Year 10 times.

As a first year starter Latorre was efficient from game one in which he went 14 of 17 for 152 yards in a loss to Division I-AA power James Madison. Heading into the first round of the NCAA playoffs, Latorre is 113 of 183 for 1,872 yards with 16 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, none over the course of his last seven games (112 passes). He has completed no less than 50 percent of his passes in every game this season and has also tossed at least one touchdown pass in 10 straight games. He currently leads the PSAC with a 168.9 pass efficiency rating which is the third best among all Division II competition. He earned PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors for his play in a win over West Chester when he threw for 273 yards and two scores and also rushed for one more.

Shelton, an offensive tackle, was named first team for the third straight year. He was part of an offensive line that helped the Huskies rush for nearly 187 yards per game.

Kuklick, a tight end, is a first team All-PSAC East selection for the second straight year. Kuklick finished third on the team in receptions with 17 and was second in receiving yards with 289 while making three touchdown receptions.

Heck, a running back, took over in midseason as the Huskies starting tailback and rushed for 629 yards on just 110 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per rush with two scores. His best game of the season came in a win over Kutztown when he rushed for a career-high 180 yards. This is Heck's first All-PSAC selection.

Koenig, the team's placekicker, is third on the team in scoring with 60 points coming on 42 of 44 extra point attempts and six of nine field goals, including kicks of 40 and 39 yards. This is also Keonig's first All-PSAC selection.

Keating, a defensive tackle, earns All-PSAC East first team honors for the third time in his career. Keating has 25 tackles on the season with 12 of them solo stops. He also has a sack and two fumble recoveries to his credit.

Biernat, a linebacker, leads the Huskies in tackles with 68 with 32 solo stops. Biernat also has an interception, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery this season. This is the second straight year Biernat has been named first team All-PSAC.

Trettin, a strong safety, earned first team honors for the second consecutive season. Trettin is second on the team in tackles with 50 with 26 of them solo stops. He also leads the team in interceptions with four and has two pass breakups. Trettin is also solid in the classroom and was recently named a second team All-Region Academic selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Scruggs, a center, is second team All-PSAC for the second straight year. Scruggs was part of an offensive line that allowed just 18 sacks for the year.

Shemaria, an offensive tackle, was named to the all-conference team for the first time in his career. He was part of a line that averaged over 362 yards of offense per game.

Bilal, a wide receiver, had a break out season for the Huskies making a team-high 37 receptions for a team best 838 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bilal also saw time on special teams and averaged over 38 yards per kickoff return, including a 90-yard return for a touchdown against East Stroudsburg late in the season.

Barton, a defensive end, has 32 tackles for the season with 13 solo stops. He leads the Huskies in sacks with six and in tackles for loss with eight with four pass breakups. Barton has also been a standout in the classroom and was recently named a first team All-Region Academic selection by CoSIDA.

Waddy, a defensive back, has made 27 tackles on the year with 16 of them solo. Waddy, an All-PSAC selection for the first time, also has a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery this season.

Bloomsburg, 10-1, will be back in action on Nov. 25 in the second round of the NCAA playoffs playing the winner of the Bryant/West Chester game at noon.

Dan Latorre Josh Heck Luke Kuklick Wynton Shelton
Dan Latorre
Rookie of the Year
Josh Heck
1st team
Luke Kuklick
1st team
Wynton Shelton
1st team
Scott Keating Rob Biernat Tyler Trettin Jon Koenig
Scott Keating
1st team
Rob Biernat
1st team
Tyler Trettin
1st team
Jon Koenig
1st team
Bryan Scruggs Dave Shemaria Brahin Bilal Zac Barton
Bryan Scruggs
2nd team
Dave Shemaria
2nd team
Brahin Bilal
2nd team
Zac Barton
2nd team
Marcus Waddy
Marcus Waddy
2nd team