November 11, 2009

Football's Anthony Smith Named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year

BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg University linebacker Anthony Smith (Pottstown/Pottstown) has been named the 2009 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, 11 other Huskies received All-Conference honors.

Smith, along with quarterback Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia), running back Derrick Price (Burlington, NJ/Burlington City), offensive lineman Pat Casey (Matamoras/Delaware Valley), defensive lineman Justin Presley (Philadelphia/George Washington), and defensive back Oscar Rivera (Bethlehem/Liberty) were all named to the All-PSAC East First Team. Receiving second team honors were offensive linemen Matt Truscott (Allentown/Emmaus) and Justin Walker (Coatesville/Coatesville), tight end Ben Weaber (Lebanon/Cedar Crest), kicker Jon Koenig (Pine Grove/Pine Grove), defensive back Domenique Price (Easton/Easton), and kick returner Brandon Real (West York/West York).

Anthony Smith Dan Latorre Derrick Price Pat Casey
Anthony Smith
1st team/Def. POY
Dan Latorre
1st team
Derrick Price
1st team
Pat Casey
1st team
Justin Presley Oscar Rivera Matt Truscott Justin Walker
Justin Presley
1st team
Oscar Rivera
1st team
Matt Truscott
2nd team
Justin Walker
2nd team
Ben Weaber Koenig Domenique Price Brandon Real
Ben Weaber
2nd team
Jon Koenig
2nd team
Domenique Price
2nd team
Brandon Real
2nd team

Smith, a senior, led the Huskies in tackles this season with 114. He also had three sacks and a team-high two interceptions. Smith led the team in tackles in six games this season, and registered double figures six times. He had a career-high 19 tackles in a win over C.W. Post and was named the PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.

Latorre, a senior, was named to the All-PSAC East team for the third time in his career. He passed for 1,712 yards and 11 touchdowns this season and rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his career at Bloomsburg second in school history in passing yards (7,370) and passing touchdowns (60) and first in completion percentage (58.1) and yards per completion (15.0).

Derrick Price earned his second straight first-team selection this season after leading the Huskies in rushing with 762 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Price scored multiple touchdowns in three consecutive games, including three touchdowns and 185 rushing yards against C.W. Post. A year ago Price received PSAC East Freshman of the Year honors.

Casey, a junior, has been named to his first all-conference team. Casey played guard on a Bloomsburg offensive line that allowed just 23 sacks this season and averaged 160.6 rushing yards per game.

Presley, a senior, led the PSAC and was tied for 10th in Division II with 0.91 sacks per game (10 total). He was also tied for second in the conference with 1.45 tackles-for-loss per game (26 total) and forced a team-high three fumbles to go along with an interception.

Rivera earned his first all-conference honor as a sophomore this season. He was fourth on the team in tackles with 58 and ranked near the top in the PSAC with 11 passes defensed. Rivera broke up four passes against Shippensburg and had a season-high nine tackles on three separate occasions this season.

Truscott and Walker, both juniors, were part of an offensive line that produced 1,767 total rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns and produced two rushers with over 600 yards on the year.

Weaber, a junior, was named to the All-PSAC East second team for the first time in his career after catching a career-high 25 passes for 328 yards. Weaber had six receptions for 69 yards in a victory over East Stroudsburg earlier this year.

Koenig, a senior, received All-Conference honors for the third time in his career. He connected on nine of 14 field goal attempts, including a school record-tying 50-yarder against Kutztown. Koenig finished his career with a streak of 92 consecutive made extra points and is second in PSAC history with 174 career point-after-touchdowns. Koenig also tied the school record for most career field goals with 29 and was the recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award in September for Division II and III place kickers who display excellence on the field and in the community.

Domenique Price was named to the All-PSAC East team for the second time in his career after making 41 tackles as a senior. Price also had two interceptions and six pass breakups for the Huskies.

Real received all-conference honors as a true freshman return specialist. Real averaged 24.6 yards on kickoff returns and 19.0 yards on punt returns, including a 68-yard return for a touchdown in a victory over Millersville.

Bloomsburg finished the year with a record of 8-3.