January 18, 2006

Trettin, Bilal, and Shemaria Honored by D2football.com

BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg University football standouts Tyler Trettin (Hummelstown/Hershey), Brahin Bilal (Philadelphia/Lincoln), and Dave Shemaria (Camp Hill/Camp Hill) were selected recently to the 2006 D2football.com All-American Team. Trettin was a second-team selection, while Bilal and Shemaria garnered honorable mention selections.

Trettin, a senior defensive back, finished the season ranked third on the team with 70 tackles including 39 solo stops. He also had five interceptions on the year, his last coming in the closing seconds of the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship against Shepherd that sealed the win for Bloomsburg. Trettin also had six pass breakups and one blocked kick.

During the season, Trettin was named the PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the regular season match-up with West Chester on Oct. 7 when he led the Bloomsburg defense with seven tackles, including five solos and an interception. He was also a first team All-PSAC East selection this season.

Trettin has also been recently selected to the 2006 CoSIDA/ ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II second team for his work in the classroom.

Bilal, a junior wide receiver, led the team in receiving in 2006 with 1,183 yards and 54 receptions. Bilal also led the team in scoring with 15 touchdowns. In Bloomsburg's run to the NCAA Division II semifinals, Bilal had 17 receptions for 345 yards and scored two touchdowns in three games.

During the season, Bilal had a career day against East Stroudsburg on November 4th, in which he led the Huskies to a 45-37 win that clinched another PSAC Eastern Division championship for Bloomsburg. In the victory, Bilal ended the game with 389 all-purpose yards, two touchdown pass receptions of 57 and 79 yards and also had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. For his efforts, Bilal was named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week and was named the Don Hansen Football Gazette National All-Purpose Player of the Week. Bilal was also a second-team All-PSAC East selection this season.

Shemaria, a senior offensive lineman, anchored a Huskies offensive line that paved the way for a rushing offense that averaged 177.8 yards per game on the ground, good enough for third best in the PSAC. Shemaria was also a second-team All-PSAC Easst selection this season.

The 2006 Bloomsburg Huskies finished the season 12-2 and as the PSAC East and NCAA Northeast Region Champions and as NCAA National Semi-finalists.