PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Fifth-year senior receiver Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) capped his outstanding career by being named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Second Team by the league's coaches while five other Lake Erie College football players were named to the All-GLIAC Team as honorable mention selections. The 2011 all-conference squad was announced late Wednesday (Nov. 15) by the league office.
James, who was an honorable mention pick in 2010 and a first-team All-GLIAC selection in baseball this past spring, was joined on the league all-star team by classmate and wingback David Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North), senior quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), senior offensive lineman Mike Gritz (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush), senior outside linebacker Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and junior offensive lineman Michael McElligot (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel).
The honor is the second for Bedevelsky and Gritz who were both honorable mention picks in 2010.
In the team's second season in the GLIAC, James becomes the first Storm player to garner first or second-team accolades on the gridiron. The school's all-time leading receiver caught 72 passes for 879 yards, both single-season LEC highs, scored four touchdowns and had three 100-yard receiving games. He was third in the league in receptions and fifth in yards during the season. He finished his career with 215 receptions for 2,611 yards and 21 touchdowns. James reached the 100-yard receiving mark seven times.
Both James and Romeo scored touchdowns in their final college game, a 45-42 win at home last Saturday over Ashland University. Romeo scored on a 27-yard run for the 16th touchdown of his career as a dual threat. This year he was third on the team with 689 all-purpose yards, despite missing two games with a dislocated elbow. He caught 31 passes for 443 yards and scored two touchdowns, including a school-record 88-yard bomb at Ferris State University, and rushed 23 times for 255 yards and three scores. Romeo, who led the GLIAC in yards per play from scrimmage this season (10.7), is Lake Erie's all-time all-purpose yardage leader with 3,049 yards (1,992 receiving, 818 rushing and 239 returning kicks) and had five 100-yard receiving games, including one this year.
In 10 games, Bedevelsky completed 186-of-289 passes for 2,179 yards with 13 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also ran for 535 yards and a school-record 12 touchdowns. His 64.4% completion percentage was a career high and his six picks were a career low. After leading the league in total offense last year, he was third this season averaging 271.4 yards per game. In each of the last three games of the season, he both ran and threw for at least two touchdowns. For his career, Bedevelsky totaled 10,672 yards on offense. He threw for 8,738 yards and 63 touchdowns in his four years as the starting signal-caller and ran for a school-record 1,934 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Chapman ended the season with conference honors after starting the year with one as well. He was named the GLIAC and d2football.com Defensive Player of the Week after the opening night win over Gannon University and continued his strong play throughout the season. He led the Storm defense with 81 total tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, 5.5 sacks and shared the team lead with two forced fumbles and one recovery. He had seven games with at least eight tackles and had three games with more than one sack. He ended his career as Lake Erie's top tackler with 242 total stops and 10.5 sacks.
Gritz started every game at right guard for the second year in a row and his third straight season overall on the line (he started at left tackle as a sophomore). McElligot started the first five games at right guard before moving over to center when senior and 2010 All-GLIAC pick Mike Hounshell (Willoughby, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) injured his ankle and missed five games. Those two led a unit that helped Lake Erie to top-50 national total offense and rushing offense rankings for the third straight year.
Lake Erie posted an overall record of 3-8 for the second straight season, including a 2-8 GLIAC mark. The Storm did, however, end the year with two consecutive victories.