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Buccaneer Football Closes Books on Season with Annual Banquet

January 29, 2015

2015 FB Ed Degeorge AwardBeloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team closed the books on the 2014 season recently at their annual end-of-season banquet.

Numerous awards were handed out at the banquet.  But the main focus was honoring the four 2014 seniors - Defensive end Derell Carter, defensive tackle Alan Ham, defensive back Tyler Coleman and defensive end Jake Fisher.

The program also featured the awarding of the first Coach DeGeorge Leadership Award, named in honor of legendary Buccaneer head coach Ed DeGeorge, the winningest Football coach in Beloit history.

The award recipients were: Sophomore running back Mason Dixon, Offensive Player of the Year; Carter, Defensive Player of the Year; sophomore kicker/punter Kam Sallee, Special Teams Player of the Year; Ham, Team MVP; sophomore linebacker David Lafayette, Coach Carl Nelson Team Player of the Year; and Carter, Coach Ed DeGeorge Leadership Award.

Dixon, an All-MWC Second Team selection from Walworth, Wisconsin (Big Foot), had his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season with 1,199, scoring nine touchdowns, and now has 2,525 yards over two seasons, good for sixth all time in Beloit history, with 19 rushing TDs.  His two-year average of 1,263 yards per season is first all-time while his 5.2 yards per rush is fourth.

Sallee, an All-MWC Second Team honoree from Huntley, Illinois, caught 40 passes for 356 yards and a TD, passed for 71 yards (6-11) with one TD (the game-winner to Ham at Knox), punted 58 times for a 37.1 average, and booted 6-10 field goals, the longest a 44-yarder that ranks as the fourth-longest in Beloit history.  He has also been good on 45 straight point-after kicks in his two seasons and holds the top two spots for best punting average in a season.

Ham, an All-MWC Second Team pick from Midland, Michigan, made 51 tackles this season, 13 of them for loss, with 6.5 sacks.  He also rushed for 21 yards on six carries and caught a one-yard TD pass in the season finale at Knox that proved to be the game-winner.  He finished his career with 153 tackles, 11.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Lafayette, from Madison, Wisconsin (East), had 56 tackles in 2014, 41 solo, with 6 tackles for loss and one sack.

Carter, an All-MWC First Team honoree from Houston, Texas (Markham, Ill./Bremen), had 73 tackles this season, a team-leading 16.5 for loss.  He led the team in sacks with seven and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries.  He made 220 tackles in his career with 15.5 sacks and six fumble recoveries.

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