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Thursday, December 15, 2005

2005 Football Gazette's NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major All-America Team

San Diego’s Johnson, Duquesne’s Bullock and Albany’s Disch Highlight the 2005 Football Gazette All-American Team

WESTMONT, Illinois ~~ School record-setting quarterback, Josh Johnson, from the University of San Diego, Duquesne University’s all-time sack leader, Antoine Bullock, and the University at Albany’s conference Player of the year, Colin Disch, headline the 2005 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major All-America team.  San Diego’s Jim Harbaugh, who led the Hawks to the NCAA Division 1-AA Mid-Major No. 1 ranking and an 11-1 record, was named Coach of the Year.

Johnson earned Offensive Back of the Year while Bullock garnered the Defensive Lineman of the Year Award and Disch is the defensive Linebacker of the Year. Junior Michael Caputo from Saint Francis (PA) University earned Offensive Receiver of the Year honors, while Michael Ford from Duquesne University received Defensive Back of the Year honors. Dayton’s Ryan Winner claims the Offensive Lineman of the year award and Special Teams Player of the Year honors go to Ryan Feely from Jacksonville (FL) University.

Johnson, a sophomore, from Oakland, California, and a 2005 First Team All-PFL selection... led USD to an 11-1 record and the PFL championship... set school records for completions (260), TDs (36), passing yards (3,256), total offense (3,635) and completion percentage (70.1)... tossed 7 TDs at Valparaiso, all in 1st half... tossed 5 TDs vs. Morehead State in PFL Championship game, all in 1st half. Johnson also rushed for 379 yards on 86 carries (4.4 yards per carry) and scored four touchdowns.

Bullock, a senior, from Houston, Texas, finished his career as Duquesne's all-time sacks leader with 27.5 ... ranked among nation's leaders in sacks and fumbles forced all season ... totaled a team-high 12.0 sacks and team-best 17.5 tackles for loss ... also added four forced fumbled ... finished tied for second on the nation's No. 1 I-AA defense with 73 tackles from his defensive end spot ... 2005 first team All-MAAC.

Disch, a sophomore, from North Plainfield, New Jersey, is the 2005 Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... first-team All-NEC for the second consecutive season ... ranks 27 among the NCAA I-AA leaders in tackles at 10.18 per game ... made 100-plus tackles for the second straight fall ... posted double-figure hits in 17 of 22 games as a collegian ... tied the program\'s I-AA record with 18 tackles against Central Conn. State on Sept. 24 ... NEC Defensive Player of the Week twice ... 2004 Football Gazette I-AA Mid-Major All-American ... NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year ... In 2005 he finished with 112 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss (50 yards) with 4.5 sacks for minus -27 yards.  His totals for the year also include one forced fumble, three pass breakups and one interception that he returned for 34 yards.

Caputo, a junior, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, posted one of the greatest offensive seasons in NEC history. The junior obliterated the NEC record book in 2005, setting league records for receptions (92) and receiving yards (1,433). Caputo’s classmate, Luke Palko (Imperial, PA/West Allegheny) established a new receptions mark a season ago with 82. Caputo’s 1,433 yards is 276 more than the previous league-high of 1,157 set by Sacred Heart’s DeVeren Johnson in 2001. Four times this season Caputo collect 10 or more catches, including 14 receptions twice. On Oct. 29 he caught 14 passes for an NEC-record 294 yards and three touchdowns.

Ford, a senior,  from Clinton, Maryland, led Duquesne with five interceptions and 13 passes broken up ... ranks second nationally in passes defended ... scored a pair of touchdowns - one on a fumbled punt recovery in the end zone and the second on a 72-yard interception return at Saint Francis to up his career TD total to four ... Ford, who finished the season with five interceptions (including three in DU’s last two games), ended his career with 13 career picks - tied for third on Duquesne’s all-time list ... the 72 yard touchdown return gave Ford 347 return yards shattering the previous school record of 297 (on 28 interceptions) set by former All-American - and current Cleveland Browns cornerback - Leigh Bodden between 1999-02. Also in 2005 he registered 42 tackles (28 solo), including three for losses totaling 11 yards and amassed 164 return yards with his five interceptions.

Winner, a senior, from Greenville, Ohio, was awarded the Stan Kurdziel Memorial Trophy which goes to the teams’ top lineman.  Winner was named First Team Sports Network NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major All-America in 2005. The senior co-captain finished his career with 31 consecutive starts. Winner was a two-time First Team All-Pioneer Football League performer, and was also named Second Team Academic All-PFL this season.

Feely, a senior, from Odessa, Florida, earned first team all-PFL honors for the second consecutive year, led the PFL and ranked sixth nationally in punting, averaging 42.8 yard per kick, while nailing 10 punts inside the 20-yard line and forcing five fair catches. He also set a school record with a 70-yard punt, while booting 11 punts over 50-yards, five fair catches, 10 punts inside the 20 yard line. He averaged at least 40 yards per punt in seven of his last eight games and booted at least a 50-yard punt in seven of JU's eight games. As a place kicker, he led the squad with 46 points after connecting on 25-of-27 extra points and 7-of-11 field goal attempts. He also had 24 kickoffs for a touchback on the year.

This marks the 13th year Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, a recognized authority on small college football, has selected an NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major All-America team. A total of 81 players have earned some form of Football Gazette All-America accolades.
Jim Harbaugh, led the University of San Diego to the NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major No. 1 ranking in 2005.  Harbaugh guided his legions to the Pioneer Football League championship with a 47-40 victory over Morehead State. His Toreros’ finished with an 11-1 overall record, including 4-0 in the conference, which includes a win over Yale and their only loss coming at Princeton.
FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Don Hansen at the Football Gazette, 630-964-1062. The football Gazette website is located at http://www.donhansen.com

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