Football Lands 15 on All-CC Team; Auvil, Cepeda Earn Top Honors

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
 

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A record 15 Muhlenberg players were selected to the All-Centennial Conference team, with eight making the first team and two landing top honors.

Bryan Auvil Max Cepeda Since the CC expanded to 10 teams in 2010, the 15 spots are the most earned by the Mules, and the eight first-team selections are three more than the previous high.

The first-team picks were junior offensive tackle Bryan Auvil, sophomore cornerback John Feaster, senior linebackers Jeremey Thomas and Ian Gimbar, senior defensive end Greg DeLade, sophomore offensive tackle Willie Britt, senior tight end Michael Long and senior kicker Connor Winter.

Making the second team were freshman running back Max Cepeda, senior nose tackle Kevin Cellary, senior safety Tyler Cerbo, junior defensive end Kyle Ruiz, sophomore quarterback Nick Palladino and senior wide receiver Cody Geyer. Junior center Andrew Kincaid earned honorable mention.

Auvil (left) was the recipient of Conference’s Scholar-Athlete award, presented to a member of the junior or senior class with the highest cumulative GPA on the All-Centennial team. Auvil, a chemistry major and Academic All-District pick, made the first team for the second year in a row. He started every game at right tackle for a Mule offense that averaged 38.3 points per game and set school records for total yards and first downs in a season.

Cepeda (right) was named rookie of the year, becoming the second straight Mule to earn the honor. Cepeda rushed for 972 yards, second in the CC and the most ever by a Muhlenberg freshman, and led the team with 15 touchdowns. He set a CC record for freshmen with six 100-yard games and ranks second in the league with 1,401 all-purpose yards (also a school record for freshmen).

 

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
first team defense

Feaster (above left) moved up to the first team after earning second-team honors last year. He led the Mules with nine pass breakups and led the Mule secondary with 44 tackles. His 34 solo stops ranked fourth on the team. Feaster added an interception and 3½ tackles for loss.

Thomas, Gimbar and DeLade all repeated on the All-CC first team.

Thomas (above second from left) led Muhlenberg with 6½ sacks and tied for the team lead with 13½ tackles for loss. He totaled 63 tackles and added five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Gimbar (above second from right) is one of 41 players in CC history (nine of them Mules) to be named to the first team three years in a row. The program’s all-time leader with 24½ sacks, he led Muhlenberg with 76 tackles and tied for the team lead with 13½ tackles for loss.

DeLade (above right) recorded 32 tackles on the season and tied for the team lead with four takeaways (two interceptions and two fumble recoveries). He logged 8½ tackles for loss, including five sacks, and added a pass breakup and a forced fumble.

 

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
first team offense/special teams
Britt (above left) was the only lineman to be selected unanimously. The starting left tackle was dominant and extremely consistent, grading out the highest week in and week out. Britt also had the important task of protecting the quarterback’s blind side.

Long (above center) also was a unanimous selection in earning first-team honors for the second year in a row. He broke the CC records for receptions by a tight end in a season (60) and career (135) while tying his own single-game mark of 11. Long leads the CC with 10 receiving touchdowns.

Winter (above right) tied the school record for points scored by a kicker (97) while breaking career marks for points (230), PATs (137) and field goals (31). Winter, who received All-CC honorable mention last year, missed only four kicks all season, and he is tied for fourth in Division III with 15 field goals.

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
second team defense

Cellary (above left) moved up to the second team after earning honorable mention as a junior. He plugged up the middle of a defensive line for a Mule team that ranks fifth in Division III in rushing defense. Cellary recorded 25 tackles, including a sack, and added a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and a blocked extra point.

Cerbo (above center) also moved up from honorable mention to second team. The hard-hitting team co-captain totaled 34 tackles and was second on the team with seven pass breakups. He added 2½ tackles for loss, including a sack, and forced a fumble.

Ruiz (above right), a first-time All-CC honoree, led Muhlenberg defensive linemen with 46 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss. He also had 4½ sacks, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.

 

SECOND TEAM/HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
second team/honorable mention offense

Palladino (above left), last year’s CC rookie of the year, had an extraordinary season, breaking school records for passing yards (2,998), completions (266) and completion percentage (.691), leading the CC in all those categories as well as most touchdown passes (25) and fewest interceptions (4). He had four 300-yard games, including three in a row, and added seven rushing touchdowns.

Geyer (above center) recovered from an early-season injury to tie for the team lead with 60 receptions. He led the CC in receiving yards per game (90.8) and tied for second in catches. Geyer, a first-team selection last year, also was second in the league in all-purpose yards per game.

Kincaid (above right), a three-year starter in the middle of the offensive line, earned All-CC recognition for the first time in his career.
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