Five Football Players Honored by ECAC

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
 

football ECAC all-stars Five football players represented Muhlenberg on the ECAC South All-Star team.

Seniors Connor Winter and Michael Long were selected to the first team, seniors Greg DeLade and Ian Gimbar were second-team picks, and freshman Max Cepeda was named rookie of the year.

Winter (above left) missed only four kicks all season, going 52-for-54 on extra points and 15-for-17 on field goals to tie the school record of 97 points scored by kicking. A first-team All-Centennial Conference and second-team All-South Region pick, he booted four field goals of 40 yards or further, including a 49-yarder.

Only three kickers in Division III made more field goals than Winter’s 15, and only three scored more points by kicking. He also was an important part of a coverage unit that ranked 11th in Division III in kickoff return defense.

Winter finished his career as Muhlenberg’s all-time leader in points scored by kicking (230), field goals (31) and extra points (137).

Long (above second from left) landed on the ECAC South first team for the second year in a row. A first-team All-American and unanimous first-team All-CC selection, Long caught 60 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. 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 tied for the CC lead with his 10 receiving touchdowns.

Among Division III tight ends, Long tied for the lead in receptions and was the only one with double figures in touchdown catches.

Long finished his career sixth on the Mules’ all-time list in career receptions and 12th in receiving yards (1,518).

DeLade (above center) earned a spot the ECAC second team for the second straight year. The defensive end 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.

Gimbar (above second from right) was a three-time first-team All-CC selection as an outside linebacker. 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 and Gimbar were key parts of a Muhlenberg unit that ranked in the top 20 in Division III in rushing defense (fourth) and total defense (20th).

Michael Long, Greg DeLade Cepeda (above right) rushed for 972 yards, second in the CC, seventh among Division III freshmen and the most ever by a Muhlenberg freshman, and led the team with 15 touchdowns (tied for second among Division III freshmen). The CC rookie of the year set a league record for freshmen with six 100-yard games and ranked second in the league with 1,401 all-purpose yards (also a school record for freshmen).

The Mules finished the season with a record of 9-2 and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament – their 11th postseason berth in 15 years. In the final Division III polls, Muhlenberg was ranked 21st by the American Football Coaches Association and 23rd by D3football.com.

Long and DeLade (left) got another chance to wear their Muhlenberg helmets at the D3 Senior Classic in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.