GRINNELL PUTS 7 PLAYERS ON ALL-MIDWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
GRINNELL, Iowa – Seven Grinnell College players have been named to the 2012 All-Midwest Conference Football Team.
The Pioneers had five second-team selections – Cody Weber ’13 (wide receiver), Tom Brinkman ’13 (defensive line), Drew Blumberg ’13 (defensive back), Andrew Clark ’14 (return specialist) and David Ternes ’15 (linebacker).
Weber, a 6-0, 195-pounder from Pullman, Wash. (Pullman), led the Pioneers in receiving with 44 catches and 564 yards despite missing the second half of the season due to injury. He scored five touchdowns, and before getting hurt was among the national leaders in receptions and reception yards per game. Weber, who was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week and earned MWC Player of the Week honors, has been invited to play in the All-American Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn.
Brinkman, a 5-9, 259-pounder from Rolfe, Iowa (Pocahontas Area), had 46 tackles this season including four for loss. He also had 2.5 sacks and ranked sixth in the MWC in fumble recoveries with two. Brinkman, who also blocked a kick this season, has been named to the USA roster for the Tazon de Estrallas All-Star Game.
Blumberg, a 6-1, 191-pounder from Bishop, Calif., was among the MWC leaders in pass breakups (eight), interceptions (four) and tackles (72). His tackle total ranked second on the team. A two-time Academic All-District first-teamer, he has been invited to play in the All-American Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn., the Aztec Bowl in Monterrey, Mexico, and the Tazon de Estrallas All-Star Game.
Clark, a 5-9, 180-pounder from Byron, Ill., led the MWC in kickoff return average with 23.9 yards per attempt. He had 573 yards on 24 returns with a long of 48. Also a defensive back, Clark finished the season with 27 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception.
Ternes, a 6-0, 221-pounder from Oakley, Calif., led Grinnell in tackles and ranked third in the conference with 103. He was first in the MWC in fumble recoveries with four, second in forced fumbles with three and ranked eighth in tackles for loss with 11.5. Ternes also had 3.5 sacks and two pass breakups.
Grinnell had a pair of honorable mention selections, TJ Schaid ’13 at running back and Graham Fisher ’16 at punter.
Schaid, a 5-9, 187-pounder from Walworth, Wis., was also an All-MWC selection in 2010. He led Grinnell in rushing this season with 570 yards and a touchdown, and ranked second in receiving with 36 catches for 241 yards and three scores. A semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athlete Award, he has been invited to play in the National Bowl Collegiate All-Star Game.
Fisher, a 6-4, 233-pounder from Palo Alto, Calif., was among the MWC leaders in punting with a 36.2-yard average. He had five kicks of over 50 yards and put 18 inside the 20-yard line. Fisher was named the MWC Special Teams Performer of the Week during the season after kicking a 50-yard field goal. He was 5-of-9 on field goal tries.
The MWC Offensive Player of the Year is Lake Forest College running back Al Mitchell, while Carroll University lineman Josh Zank was named Defensive Player of the Year. The MWC Coach of the Year is Jim Catanzaro of Lake Forest College.