The names of 12 Bethany College football players who earned their way onto All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) teams were announced Monday following voting by the league coaches.
Earning first team All-PAC distinction was junior quarterback Matt Grimard (Lowell, Mass./Dracut). Second team laurels went to senior offensive lineman Doug Murray (New Cumberland, W.Va./Oak Glen), senior wide receiver Ed Holmes (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown), sophomore defensive back Wyssmy Despagne (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale), sophomore punter Stephen Amic (McDonald, Pa./West Allegheny) and senior returner Jeff Joyce (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin).
Rounding out the teams were seven players on the honorable mention list. They included senior offensive linemen Nick Gore (Boston Heights, Ohio/Nordonia) and Bryan Benzinger (Fairview Park, Ohio), senior wide receiver Johnathan Foster (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill), freshman wide receiver Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver), senior defensive lineman Blake DeBord (Martinsburg, W.Va.), senior linebacker Kyle Arrington (Jackson Township, Ohio/Jackson) and Joyce again as a defensive back.
Benzinger, a three-year starter at left tackle for the Bison, makes his first appearance on the All-PAC teams with his honorable mention selection. His work up front helped Bethany set new single-season records for scoring, with 301 points, and passing yards, with 2,605.
In addition to those records, the Bison ranked second in the league in total offense (391.1), third down conversions (40.8) and red-zone conversion (78.6). Bethany surpassed 400 yards in a game three times, highlighted by a 521-yard outburst in a 42-36 overtime victory over Geneva on homecoming.
A communications major, Benzinger is the son of Kent and Peggy Benzinger of Fairview Park.
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