PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team announced its annual award winners at the team's season-ending banquet on Sunday, Jan. 23, including special recognition awards, players of the year and announcement of the team's captains.
Recognition was made for the five previously announced All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selections: senior defensive back Kenneth "Rudy" Glenn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), junior receiver Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), offensive lineman Mike Gritz (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush), quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and sophomore offensive lineman Mike Hounshell (Willoughby, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin). In addition, Gritz was presented with a certificate for being named to the ECAC Division II Football All-Star Team and junior linebacker Cameron Bryant (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) received his award for selection on the OhioCollegeFootball.com All-Ohio II/III/NAIA Second Team.
The defensive scout team players of the year went to junior defensive lineman Carl Bowers, Jr. (Kenton, Ohio/Upper Scioto Valley) and freshman linebacker Brian Foster (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary). The offensive scout team players of the year were freshman lineman Brian Standiford (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) and freshman receiver Samuel Mariano (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch).
Special teams player of the year went to sophomore kicker Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) who led the team in scoring and ranked among the conference leaders with 72 total points, connecting on 15-of-19 field goals and 93% of his extra point attempts.
Bryant was picked as the team's defensive player of the year. He led the team in tackles, despite not being in the starting lineup until week seven. He finished the year with 73 stops, reaching double figures in each of the last five games.
The offensive player of the year was Bedevelsky, who led the GLIAC in total offense. He threw for 2,000 yards for the third straight year and rushed for 550 despite missing the final two games due to injury. He accounted for 17 total touchdowns (13 passing, four rushing) and was named the GLIAC Player of the Week following his 441-yard, four pass-TD, two rush-TD performance in the shootout win at Findlay.
The team's scholar-athlete award, which went to the player with the highest grade-point-average, was redshirt freshman quarterback Brendan Gallagher (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora).
The team also voted on its captains for the 2010 season. As has been the program's custom, captains for the previous season are named at the end of the year. Bedevelsky and junior linebacker Gus Armbruster (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) were named captains for the second straight year, along with Gritz and junior outside linebacker Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) were named for 2010.
The Storm, which posted a 3-8 (3-7 GLIAC) record in its first season of league competition in 2010, loses just six seniors from 2010. Lake Erie opens spring practice March 15 in preparation for the 2011 season.