Ripon, WI – Led by Derek Carrier’s First Team selection, the Beloit College Football team place five players on the 2011 All-MWC team, released today by the Conference Office. The squad is selected on a vote of league coaches.
Carrier, a senior wide receiver from Edgerton, Wisconsin, was named First Team for the second straight season and earned his All-MWC mention for the third time in his career.
Getting Second Team nods were running back Terence Steward, a senior from Tampa, Florida (Jefferson); offensive lineman Hayden Simonis, a sophomore from Janesville, Wisconsin (Parker); and defensive back Vince Salucci, a senior from Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Linebacker Zach Bock, a junior from Sycamore, Illinois, was the fifth representative from Beloit, earning Honorable Mention recognition.
For Steward it’s his third straight Second Team selection after earning First Team in 2008. Salucci was an Honorable Mention selection in each of the last three seasons before getting Second Team honors this season. Simonis and Bock are both first-time honorees.
Carrier rewrote the receiving section of the Buccaneer Record Book, setting all-time marks for catches (189), yards (3,111) and touchdowns (29). He also broke his own single-season marks in 2011 for catches with 75 and yards with 1,250 while tying his own record with 12 touchdowns. His 88 points this season were the fourth most in a season. Carrier had 15 100-yard plus receiving games in the last three seasons, including seven this season.
Steward led the Buccaneers in rushing with 681 yards while scoring a team-best five touchdowns on the ground. He finished his career with 2,252 yards rushing, placing him among the top ten in Beloit history. He also had 27 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks him fourth all-time. He had seven 100-yard plus rushing games in his career, including two in 2011.
Salucci was second on the team in tackles with 73, including a team-high 51 solo, while tying for the team lead with three interceptions. He also tied for the team lead with nine pass break-ups and recovered one fumble. Career-wise, his 11 career interceptions rank fourth all-time. His 11 career blocked kicks, though not an officially kept record, undoubtedly would rank among the most ever. He finished his career with 260 tackles.
Simonis, in just his second season, was an anchor of the offensive line from his left tackle position. A good pass protector and dominant run blocker, the majority of rushes by the Bucs went to Simonis’ side.
Bock led the defense in tackles with 85, 48 solo, and tied for the team lead with seven tackles for loss. He also tied for the team lead with 2.5 sacks and had one interception and two forced fumbles.
The Buccaneers also held their season-ending banquet on Sunday, November 6. Carrier earned team MVP honors; Salucci received the Senior Award; Dillon Hess received the Junior Award; Brian Flanagan the Sophomore Award; and Zach Draus the Freshman Award.