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Raynor leads 11 Big Red with All-NCAC accolades

Raynor leads 11 Big Red with All-NCAC accolades

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Denison football landed 11 players on the All-North Coast Athletic Conference team, headlined by senior defensive back Alex Raynor who earned first-team honors.

Making his All-NCAC debut as a first-team selection, Raynor finished the season tied for second on the team with 69 total tackles and added 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception in his senior campaign. The Rye, N.Y. native also recorded 10 pass breakups and has ended his time in Granville with 202 tackles.

The Big Red placed four more players on the All-NCAC second-team, all from the offensive side of the ball. Junior quarterback Canaan Gebele earned a spot on the conference's second-team for the second-straight year after combining for 2,807 yards of total offense and leading DU with 25 total touchdowns this season. He was also named the NCAC Player of the Week after setting a new Denison single-game record with six passing touchdowns in a 45-17 win over Oberlin on Sept. 23.

Gebele was joined by junior Alex Minton, who complimented the Big Red offense nicely in his first season with more than 1,000 yards rushing and 15 total touchdowns. The Bethel Park, Pa. native posted his best game yet in the season-finale against Kenyon College where he racked up 191 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

The Denison offensive line was also well represented, garnering second-team honors for junior Josh Blaz and sophomore Frank Zoltan, and selecting sophomore Andrew Zellers as an honorable mention. The trio fueled an offense that produced 455.3 yards per game, good enough for second in the NCAC, including 232.8 yards per game on the ground.

Earning four spots on the honorable mention squad, the Big Red defense garnered recognition with the selections of senior linebackers Brice Winans and Hayden Hatten, sophomore lineman Nate Keirn and junior defensive back Ryan Zinkula. Winans and Hatten helped lead the DU defense this season, as Winans led the team with 82 tackles and finished with a career-best two interceptions. Hatten, the New Albany, Ohio native, finished in a tie for second with 69 tackles and was third on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss.

Keirn made his All-NCAC debut after logging 36 tackles and a team and career-high 11 tackles for loss. In the 36-26 win over Wooster on Nov. 4, the Media, Ohio native recorded four tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Following up an All-NCAC second-team selection in 2016, Zinkula finished fourth on the team with 65 tackles and added two interceptions. The junior from Northbrook, Ill. was also named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after he recorded both of his interceptions on the season and logged eight tackles in the win over Wooster.

Freshman kicker Pat Kramer also earned honorable mention recognition after he converted 43 of 48 extra points (90%) and was perfect on each of his eight field goal attempts this season.

The Big Red finished the regular season at 7-3 overall and went 6-3 in NCAC play, including four-straight wins to end the season.