November 13, 2008

Bloomsburg Places 16 on All-PSAC Team

Derrick Price named the PSAC East Freshman of the Year

BLOOMSBURG- Sixteen Bloomsburg University football played have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division all-conference team, including eight first team selections.

In addition, running back Derrick Price (Burlington City, NJ/Burlington) has been named the PSAC East Freshman of the Year. It's the second time in the last three years that a Huskies freshman has earned the honor, as Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) won the award in 2006.

The 16 Huskies selected for All-PSAC East honors is the most of any PSAC East team, with West Chester coming in second with 15 selections. It's the most players the Huskies have had since 2005, when they also had 16 players honored.

Leading the first team on offense are Price, Latorre, wide receiver Kyle Ream (Eliottsburg/West Perry), guard Matt Bosso (Camp Hill/Cedar Cliff) and placekicker Jon Koenig (Pine Grove/Pine Grove).

On defense, the Huskies are represented by Jon Ochs (Wind Gap/Nazareth), Greg Myers (Philadelphia/Dobbins) and Jesse Cooper (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp).

The second team offense features running backs Stefan Adams (West Chester/Henderson) and Kenny Dolmzalski (Milford/Delaware Valley) as well as offensive lineman Joe Kantz (Selinsgrove/Selinsgrove) and Luke Beall (Girard/Fairview).

The defense features defensive lineman Earl McNeil (Lansdowne/Msg. Bonner) and Alfonso Nathan (Philadelphia/Milton Hershey) as well as safety Dominique Price (Easton/Easton).

Price broke the single season record for rushing yards by a Bloomsburg freshman by rushing for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark six times this season while sharing carries with fellow freshman Kenny Domzalski. He helped Bloomsburg rank amongst the top rushing teams in the NCAA and average close to 300 yards per game on the ground.

Latorre, a junior who has started 35 consecutive games under center, completed 92 of 174 passes for 1,347 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions. Latorre also rushed for 428 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. He became the first Bloomsburg quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game with his 125 yard outing against Shippensburg.

Ream became the Huskies top receiver this season, catching 39 passes for 676 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season. The 12 touchdowns catches is the most by a Huskies receiver in the regular season since 2002, when Rocco Forgione had 12.

Bosso started all 11 games for the Huskies and led an offense that ranked in the top two in the NCAA in rushing for most of the season, as well as only allowing 17 sacks all season. This is the second consecutive season Bosso has been named to the first team.

Koenig, a junior, finished second on the team in scoring with 64 total points. He connected on 6-11 field goal attempts and was perfect on all 47 of his pat tries. Koenig needs four more extra points to break the school record for career extra points, currently held by Tom Boop at 139.

Ochs had a breakout senior season, emerging as one of the best pass rushers in the nation. Ochs finished the regular season with 40 tackles, including a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Ochs was named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week for the week of September 13th after registering three sacks against Mercyhurst. This is the second consecutive season Ochs has been named to the first team.

Myers shifted to the middle linebacker spot after playing outside for most of his career. The senior didn't miss a beat, leading the team with 61 tackles, 40 solo, while only playing in ten games. Myers finished with 4.5 tackles for loss with one sack and one forced fumble. Myers was named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week for the week of September 20th after he made a team-high 10 tackles in Bloomsburg's 31-21 victory over Kutztown.

Cooper, a junior, emerged as the Huskies top cornerback and as one of the most exciting return specialists in the country. Cooper finished the regular season with 32 tackles to go along with eight passes broken up and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Cooper also led the PSAC and ranked in the top ten nationally in kick return average at 30 yards per attempt. It's the first time Cooper has been named All-PSAC East.

Adams, a junior, rushed for 289 yards and nine touchdowns, finishing third on the team in scoring while starting all 11 games at fullback.

Domzalski, a redshirt freshman, finished second on the team with 780 yards rushing and three touchdowns while splitting carries with Price. Domzalski rushed for over 100 yards three times this season, including a 16 carry, 172 yard performance against Ashland (OH) in the season opener. Domzalski was named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in that game.

Kantz, a junior, started ten games for the Huskies this season. He paved the way for an offense that averaged over 400 yards of total offense per game.

Beall, a senior, was named to the second team for the second consecutive year. Beall started all 11 games for the Huskies, leading an offense that led the PSAC and ranked in the top ten nationally in turnover margin.

McNeil, a senior, was named All-PSAC for the first time. He finished with 28 tackles, five for loss with three sacks. He also forced two fumbles.

Nathan, a sophomore, emerged as a steady pass rush threat opposite Ochs. He finished the regular season with 30 tackles, five of them for loss and one sack.

Price, a senior, transitioned to safety after playing cornerback for most of his career. Price finished the regular season with 38 tackles, 26 of them solo, and one interception.

Bloomsburg, 10-1, will be back in action on Nov. 22 in the second round of the NCAA playoffs playing the winner of the Southern Connecticut State/West Chester game at noon.

Derrick Price
Derrick Price

PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year, 1st team
Kyle Ream Matt Bosso Dan Latorre Jon Koenig
Kyle Ream
1st team Offense
Matt Bosso
1st team Offense
Dan Latorre
1st team Offense
Jon Koenig
1st team Offense
Jon Ochs Greg Myers Jesse Cooper Stefan Adams
Jon Ochs
1st team Defense
Greg Myers
1st team Defense
Jesse Cooper
1st team Defense
Stefan Adams
2nd team Offense
Luke Beall Kenny Dolmzalski Joe Kantz Earl McNeil
Luke Beall
2nd team Offense
Kenny Dolmzalski
2nd team Offense
Joe Kantz
2nd team Offense
Earl McNeil
2nd team Defense
Alfonso Nathan Dominique Price
Alfonso Nathan
2nd team Defense
Dominique Price
2nd team Defense