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19 Saints Football Players Honored by PAC Coaches

Thomas More College senior defensive end Erick Butler (Eminence, Ky./Henry County) and Head Coach Regis Scafe earned year-end accolades from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and 19 Saints were named All-PAC by the conference’s 11 head football coaches.

Butler was named the 2015 PAC Defensive Player of the Year.  Butler has totaled 49 tackles (34 solo, 15 assist), 11.0 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks for the conference champion Saints this season. A four-time All-PAC honoree and three-time First Team selection, he has helped the defensive unit limit its opposition to averages of 15.4 points and 300.1 total yards per game, respectively. Butler is the fifth Thomas More defensive player to earn PAC Player of the Year honors since the Saints joined the conference in 2005.

Scafe, who is in his first year as the head coach at Thomas More, was named the 2015 PAC Coach of the Year. Scafe led the ninth-ranked Saints to their first undefeated regular season since 2010 while securing the league's automatic qualifying bid to this year's Division III Championship with a perfect 8-0 mark in the PAC. Thomas More, making its seventh all-time appearance in the Division III Championship, will host No. 16 Washington and Lee University Saturday at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Butler was named first team All-PAC along with senior offensive lineman Jake Henderson (Fort Wright, Ky./Covington Catholic), senior wide receiver Goose Cohorn (Independence, Ky./Dixie Heights), senior linebacker Kyle Fuller (Taylor Mill, Ky./Holy Cross), senior defensive back Ian Gunn (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder), senior defensive back Trey Wells (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) and senior kicker Tommy Budke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain). Henderson helped anchor a line that blocked the way for the Saints to rush for 2,254 yards and gave the quarterbacks protection to throw for 2,973 yards, while only giving up 12 sacks. Cohorn has led the Saints’ receiving corps as he has 55 receptions for 1,183 and 12 touchdowns and has rushed the ball six times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Fuller is second on the team in tackles with 54 (40 solo, 14 assisted), including two and a half sacks and seven and a half tackles for a loss, while intercepting two passes. Gunn has 37 tackles (26 solo, 11 assisted), including two and a half tackles for a loss and has four interceptions. Wells has 25 tackles (21 solo, four assisted) and has four interceptions. Budke is seven-for-nine in field goal attempts with a long of 46, while making 63-of-64 point-after-attempts and has 77 kickoffs for an average of 58.4 yards per kick.

Senior offensive lineman Quentin Campbell (Versailles, Ky./Woodford County), senior defensive lineman Tyler Ellis (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) and senior linebacker Nick Pennekamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) were named second team All-PAC. Campbell helped anchor a line that blocked the way for the Saints to rush for 2,254 yards and gave the quarterbacks protection to throw for 2,973 yards, while only giving up 12 sacks. Ellis has 17 tackles (six solo, 11 assisted), including two and a half sacks and three and a half tackles for a loss, while forcing one fumble. Pennekamp is fourth on the team in tackles with 48 (33 solo, 15 assisted), including a sack and three tackles for a loss to go with three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Senior offensive lineman DJ Handlon (Taylor Mill, Ky./Dixie Heights), junior offensive lineman Trevor Meyer (West Harrison, Ind./East Central), sophomore fullback Cam Evans (Indianapolis, Ind./Decatur Central), senior wide receiver Tyler Vogelpohl (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle), sophomore C.T. Tarrant (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamiton), senior quarterback Jensen Gebhardt (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings), junior defensive lineman Rodderick Darden (Denver, Ga./Heritage), freshman defensive back Brandon Neal (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) and sophomore defensive back Johnny Lammers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) were named honorable mention All-PAC. Handlon and Meyer are part of an offensive line that that blocked the way for the Saints to rush for 2,254 yards and gave the quarterbacks protection to throw for 2,973 yards, while only giving up 12 sacks.  Vogelpohl has 33 receptions for 741 yards and nine touchdowns. Tarrant has rushed for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns on 144 carries and has also caught 11 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Gebhardt is 91-of-157 passing for 1,607 yards and 17 touchdowns.  Darden has 36 tackles (21 solo, 15 assisted), including six and a half sacks and nine and a half tackles for a loss. Neal has 28 tackles (22 solo, six assisted), including four tackles for a loss and four interceptions. Lammers 36 tackles (21 solo, 15 assisted) and has intercepted four passes.

The Saints and Generals will kick-off at 12 noon on Saturday at BB&T Field. Tickets for the NCAA Playoff game is $8 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens, while children under the age of two are free. Pre-sale tickets will available on November 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the athletic department office inside the Connor Convocation Center. Anyone interested in tailgating spots should contact Karel Jelinek in Institutional Advancement at (859) 344-3541 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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