November 14, 2007

Bloomsburg Places 11 on All-PSAC Team

Brittingham Named Offensive Player of the Year

BLOOMSBURG-- The Bloomsburg University football team had 11 players named to the 2007 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Football Team.

In addition, senior tailback Jamar Brittingham (Levittown/Neshaminy/Kiski Prep) was named the PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Year.

Named first team offensive were Matt Bosso (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff), Brittingham, Josh Heck (Hazleton/Hazleton) and Brahin Bilal (Philadelphia/Lincoln), while Jon Ochs (Wind Gap/Nazareth), Justin Colon (Reading/Holy Name), Corey Gipe (Schuylkill Haven/Schuylkill Haven) and Rob Biernat (Bristol/Conwell Egan) were first-team defensive selections.

Earning second team honors on offense were Luke Beall (Girard/Fairview) and Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia), while Jeremy Lightner (Fairview/Fairview) was selected to the second-team defense.

Brittingham is now a two-time recipient of the Offensive Player of the Year award after receiving the award in 2005. After several injuries riddled Brittingham in 2006, he was back to form this season, rushing for 1,493 yards (a 143.5 yards per game average) and 23 touchdowns. Brittingham also shattered several school and conference records throughout the course of the year. He is now the sole holder of 27 school and PSAC records and is the PSAC's all-time career leading rusher with 5,689 yards. Brittingham also ends his career 14th all-time on the NCAA Division II career rushing list.

Bosso, a guard, earned his first All-PSAC honor of his career after leading an offensive line that paved the way for Brittingham's record breaking season and an offense that scored 39.8 points per game.

Heck has been selected to the All-PSAC team for the second consecutive year. Heck rushed for 524 yards, gained 5.2 yards per carry, scored four touchdowns and complimented Brittingham in creating one of the best one-two combinations at tailback in the conference.

Bilal, a wide receiver, was also selected to the All-PSAC team for the second straight year. He led the Huskies in receiving with 883 yards on 43 receptions (a 20.1 yards per catch average) and seven touchdowns.

Ochs, a defensive lineman, ended the year with 27 total tackles, 22 of which were solo stops. He tied for the team lead in tackles for a loss with six, recorded two sacks, broke up four passes and forced a fumble.

Colon, a defensive lineman, made a start in all ten games Bloomsburg played this season and registered 22 total tackles (18 of which were solo stops). Colon also registered a sack on the year.

Gipe, also a defensive lineman, registered 23 total tackles on the year. He also has three tackles for a loss of yardage and two and a half sacks.

Biernat, a linebacker, has been selected to the All-PSAC team for the third consecutive year. He led the team in total tackles on the year with 69, 46 of which were solo stops and also registered two tackles for a loss of yardage. Biernat also broke up three passes, forced a fumble and had an interception as well.

Beall, a center, started all ten games at his position on the year. He was a part of a Bloomsburg offensive line that paved the way for a rushing offense that averaged 262 yards per game and scored 41 touchdowns.

Latorre, the teams starting quarterback, picked up where he left off a year ago when he was named the PSAC Eastern Division Rookie of the Year. He completed 59.3% of his passes for 1,643 yards (164.3 yards per game), ten touchdowns and just four interceptions.

Lightner, a defensive back, ended the year second on the team in total tackles with 65- 47 of which were solo stops. He also recovered two fumbles and had an interception on the year.

Bloomsburg went 7-3 overall this season and 4-1 in the PSAC East.

Jamar Brittingham
Jamar Brittingham

PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Year, 1st team
Josh Heck Matt Bosso Brahin Bilal John Ochs
Josh Heck
1st team Offense
Matt Bosso
1st team Offense
Brahin Bilal
1st team Offense
Jon Ochs
1st team Defense
Justin Colon Rob Biernat Corey Gipe Dan Latorre
Justin Colon
1st team Defense
Rob Biernat
1st team Defense
Corey Gipe
1st team Defense
Dan Latorre
2nd team Offense
Luke Beall Jeremy Lightner
Luke Beall
2nd team Offense
Jeremy Lightner
2nd team Defense