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Former Rockie named to All-NCAC First Team Defense

November 23, 2011

CLEVELAND — Wittenberg senior quarterback Ben Zoeller (Louisville, KY/St. Xavier) and Wabash senior linebacker  C.J. Gum (North Judson, IN/North Judson) have both repeated as North Coast Athletic Conference Players of the Year.  Zoeller earns his second-consecutive Mike Gregory Award as the NCAC’s Offensive Player of the Year. The award is presented by Richard Gregory of Columbus, Ohio, in honor of his father, a multi-sport standout at Denison in the 1920’s.

Gum is the Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season and receives the Hank Critchfeld Award, commemorating the 1927 Wooster graduate.

Making All-NCAC First Team Defense was former Plymouth Rockie Football standout Austin Hodges.

“Austin has turned out to be a real key reason why we have had such a successful season”, said NCAC Coach of the Year, Erik Raeburn.   “He and his brother (Houston) have turned out to be a real pleasure to coach.  They are both “Real”  football players.  We are happy to have them play for us.  Austin deserved this honor of being on First Team All-Conference.”