Ripon, WI – The Beloit College Football was rewarded for its first six-win season since 2002 with 13 players being named to the 2009 All-Midwest Conference Football Team. The Conference office released the team today.
Tony Baratti and Andrew Christensen were both recognized for the third time in as many seasons - Baratti with a second straight First Team honor and Christensen being named First Team for the first time – to lead a group of 13 Buccaneers receiving accolades.
The 13 spots on the squad mark the most Beloit has received since they put 16 on the Team in 1991.
Earning Second Team honors were Terence Steward, Julian Ross, Zach Poelker, Kyle Hansgen and Michael Underwood while Brian Maughn, Eddie Boyd, Derek Carrier, Eric Ritts, Vince Salucci and Matt Fogerty received Honorable Mention.
Baratti, a junior linebacker from Arlington Heights, Illinois (Prospect), surpassed the 100-yard mark in tackles for the second straight season, leading the league at 11.4 per game. He was also third in the Conference in forced fumbles. Baratti is just the third Buccaneer with 300-plus career tackles and enters his senior season third on the career list with 324. In addition to his First Team All-MWC honor in 2008, he was Honorable Mention in 2007.
Christensen, a junior running back/wide receiver from Janesville, Wisconsin (Milton) led the Conference in All-Purpose yardage and kickoff return yardage while finishing third in kickoff return average. He broke Beloit’s career kickoff return yardage record during the season with 2,233 yards and enters his senior season 4,290 career all-purpose yards. He was named Honorable Mention All-MWC in both 2007 and 2008.
Ross, a junior wide receiver from Oak Forest, Illinois, became the first Buccaneer to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season, finishing with 1,042 on 56 catches, while tying the season record for touchdown catches with eight. He led the Conference in receiving yards and was sixth in receptions. He was Honorable Mention All-MWC in 2007.
Hansgen, a senior defensive tackle from Sebring, Florida, had a team-leading 9.5 sacks on the season, finishing his career with 15.5. He was fifth in the conference in sacks.
Underwood, a junior defensive back from Jacksonville, Illinois, was fourth on the team in tackles with 52 while also breaking up five passes. He was an Honorable Mention selection in 2008.
Poelker, a senior offensive tackle from St. Louis, Missouri (Priory School) earned his first All-MWC mention. He started all 40 games of his career as one of the anchors for the offensive line.
Steward, a sophomore from Tampa, Florida (Jefferson), battled through injuries all season and finished with 388 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He was tenth in the conference in rushing. He was a First Team All-MWC pick in 2008.
Maughn, a sophomore quarterback from Sunrise, Florida (Western), shattered the Beloit single-season passing mark with 2,622 yards. He also tied the season record for TD passes and broke the completions record. He finished second in the Conference in passing, pass efficiency and total offense.
Boyd, a first-year tight end from Oviedo, Florida, had 155 yards receiving and scored a pair of touchdowns.
Carrier, a sophomore wide receiver from Edgerton, Wisconsin, was second on the team in receiving with 600 yards on 34 catches and four touchdowns.
Ritts, a junior defensive lineman from Tomball, Texas, finished the season with 31 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, and two sacks. He also received Honorable Mention honors in 2007 and 2008.
Salucci, a sophomore defensive back from Fernandina Beach, Florida, was second on the team with 61 tackles and led the team in pass defenses with ten while tying for the team lead with three interceptions. He finished fourth in the league in pass defenses. He was also an Honorable Mention selection in 2008.
Fogerty, a first-year linebacker from Walworth, Wisconsin (Big Foot), was named as a Special Teams Player. He finished third on the team in tackles with 60, five for loss, while also recording an interception and a fumble recovery.
The Buccaneers also had their season-ending banquet recently, presenting awards to numerous players.
Joe Goldufsky, a senior defensive lineman from Buffalo Grove, Illinois (Stevenson), earned the Ed DeGeorge Award, given each year to the player who contributes the most to the team. A three-year captain, Goldufsky finished his career with 178 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He was named to the 2009 AFCA All State Good Works Team and will be honored during halftime festivities at the All State Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Ross and Christensen were named co-recipients of the Evens McCabe Award, given each year to the player who has shown the most improvement during the season.
Maughn received the Carl Nelson Award, given each year to the sophomore player for his dedication and loyalty to the team.
Eddie Boyd won the Rookie of the Year Award, given each year to a first-year player who has had the greatest impact on the team.
Baratti was named the Richard J. Shanahan Award recipient as the team’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.
Coaches Awards were presented to Mathew Kahl, a first-year placekicker from Verona, Wisconsin; Tyler Senz, a sophomore offensive lineman from Beloit (Memorial); Brad Cavanagh, a junior linebacker from Beloit (Memorial); Don Guindon, a junior wide receiver from Streamwood, Illinois; C.J. Yoakum, a senior defensive back from Ava, Illinois (Collinsville); and Brian Liewergen, a senior offensive lineman from Elk Grove Village, Illinois (Elk Grove).