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Six Terriers Tabbed All-NCAC Selections

Six Terriers Tabbed All-NCAC Selections

By: Abbey Lipcsik

CLEVELAND, Ohio – With football season coming to a close, six Terriers were selected as all-conference honorees by the North Coast Athletic Conference on Thursday morning.

Three Terriers earned first-team selections, including junior running back Danny Robinson, senior wide receiver Joshua Philander, and senior defensive lineman Zayd Mabin.

Senior inside linebacker Kyle Burchett and senior defensive back D.D. Fleetion were awarded second-team All-NCAC and freshman Horace Johnson was also named honorable mention for his performance at outside linebacker.

This was the first, first-team selection, and second overall honor, for Robinson, after earning second-team laurels during his sophomore season. Robinson finished with 683 rushing yards on 128 attempts and averaged 68.3 yards per game. His season-best performance came on October 29th when the Terriers defeated Allegheny (Pa.) 42-14, during which he rushed for a season-high 226 yards. Robinson also scored two touchdowns in the game, including a season-long 81 yard scamper.  

Philander proved himself to be a key component of the Terrier offense while breaking school records and posting new career-highs in the process. The first time All-NCAC honoree finished his senior season with ten touchdown receptions, breaking the school's previous single-season record (9).

Seven of his ten receptions came in the last two games of the season, including a school-record four TDs in a season-ending victory over Oberlin. In his final ten games at Hiram, Philander finished with 1064 receiving yards on 67 receptions, falling just 31 yards short of the school record for single-season yardage.  

Mabin concluded his senior season as an All-NCAC selection for the third time in his career. Prior to this season, he was named second-team All-NCAC following both his junior and senior seasons. The defensive lineman finished with 8.5 sacks, leading the team and ranking third in the conference. He also finished with two forced fumbles and 49 tackles (36 solo, 13 assists), 14 of which came for a loss.   

Burchett was named All-NCAC for the second time in his career, with the first being a first-team selection during his junior season. The linebacker finished his final season with a career-high 109 tackles (63 solo, 46 assists), ranking first on the team and second in the NCAC. 12.5 of the tackles came for a loss of 36 yards. He also tied his career-best in sacks for a single season (4) in addition to recording three pass breakups and forcing three turnovers.

Fleetion adds second-team honors to his honorable mention selection that he received during his junior season. The defensive back led the team in interceptions (4) and ranked second on the team in both tackles with 66 (40 solo, 26 assists) and pass breakups (5).   

Johnson made his presence known throughout the conference during his first season as a Terrier, earning an All-NCAC honorable mention selection. The linebacker totaled 53 tackles (37 solo, 16 assists) with 10.5 coming for a loss. He also racked up five sacks to go along with one interception and three pass breakups.

The six All-NCAC selections marks the second-largest number of Terriers to be awarded with the honors since entering the conference in 2000. The largest number came last season when Hiram had seven honorees.