Mustangs Land 12 on MAC All-Conference Team

Mustangs Land 12 on MAC All-Conference Team

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ANNVILLE, Pa. – A total of 12 members of the Stevenson University football team were selected to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Conference team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Senior offensive lineman Brendan Flaherty, senior defensive back Brian Latham, senior linebacker Ashton Leschke and junior linebacker Izaiha Pitts were named First Team All-Conference.  Senior defensive back Brody Coleman, junior offensive lineman Connor Davis, sophomore running back Titus Johnson, junior wide receiver Chaz Lyles and junior offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki were Second Team choices.  Senior linebacker Mike Datu, junior defensive back Zach May and senior fullback Patrick Najmola were Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Flaherty earns his second All-Conference nod, as he was an Honorable Mention selection last season.  Flaherty started all 10 games at right tackle for the Mustangs and has started all 17 games on the o-line since moving from the defensive line midway through last season.  He also recorded his first career rushing touchdown in last Saturday's 34-0 win over FDU-Florham.

Latham has started all 10 games at free safety and has totaled 47 total tackles, including 31 solo stops.  He has one interception and three pass breakups on the season, while also recording one forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Leschke is a member of the All-Conference team for the third time in his career and a member of the First Team for the second time.  Leschke has a team-high 74 tackles in 10 contests from his starting inside linebacker spot, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.  He also has one interception, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Pitts, starting alongside Leschke at inside linebacker, has posted 52 tackles in 10 games, including 30 solo stops.  Pitts leads team with 8.5 tackles for a loss, including 3.5 sacks, and has forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown in a win at Widener on October 13.  He also has an interception and five pass breakups.

Coleman, a former quarterback, has totaled 34 tackles this season, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.  He has registered three interceptions on the season, including a pair in a win over Wilkes, and also has a pair of pass breakups on the season.

Davis is an All-Conference Second Team selection for the second straight season.  He started all 10 games at left tackle and has appeared in 27 games over his first three seasons.

Johnson is the Mustangs' leading rusher, carrying 101 times for 444 yards and three touchdowns.  He had 89 yards on 10 carries in a win at Albright, including a program-record 71-yard touchdown run, while he also had a pair of touchdown runs in a win at King's.  Johnson also had 22 receptions for 213 yards and a pair of scores.

Lyles leads the Mustangs in receiving with 63 catches for 671 yards and six touchdowns.  Lyles has at least six receptions in seven of 10 games, including two 11-catch performances.  Lyles also has a pair of rushing touchdowns on the season and threw for two touchdowns in a win over Wilkes.

Nowicki has been the Mustangs' starting center in all 10 contests this season, and has started all but one game in the middle of the line for Stevenson over the past two seasons.

Datu earns his second All-Conference nod as he was Honorable Mention in 2016.  Datu has made 65 tackles in 10 games, including seven tackles for a loss and three sacks.  He also had a pair of forced fumbles and had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in last week's win against FDU-Florham.

May has started all 10 games at corner and has recorded 33 tackles, including a tackle for a loss.  He also has recorded six pass breakups and is tops on the team in passes defended.

Najmola, an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection for the second time, started each of the first five games on the season before being injured against Delaware Valley.  He recorded his first career rushing touchdown this season and also had a pair of receptions before seeing his season cut short.

Stevenson, 8-2 overall and tied for second in the MAC with a 7-1 league mark, makes its fifth straight postseason appearance Saturday when it travels to Susquehanna to take part in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series.  Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm.