November 25, 2009

Jeff Voris Named PFL Coach Of The Year

All-PFL Team

Head coach Jeff Voris was selected as the Pioneer Football League Coach of the Year and Butler had 14 players earn All-League recognition on the 17th All-PFL Team, released by the league office on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 24).  All selections were made by a vote of league coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Voris, in his fourth season as Butler’s head coach, led the Bulldogs, who were picked fifth in the PFL preseason poll, to a share of the league championship and a school-record 10 victories.  Butler rolled off nine consecutive wins, before losing its only game of the season at Jacksonville.  The Bulldogs then finished their title run with a victory over Drake in the final regular season game.

With the final win, Butler earned the right to host the Gridiron Classic for the first time.  The Bulldogs will play Northeast Conference champion Central Connecticut State on Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. (ET) at the Butler Bowl.

The PFL champion Bulldogs had ample representation on the All-PFL squad.  Sophomore wide receiver Zach Watkins, junior running back Scott Gray, junior offensive lineman Donnie Gilmore and senior defensive back Spencer Summerville each earned first team All-League recognition.  Watkins led the PFL in receptions, while Gray finished third in the PFL in rushing.  Gilmore was a mainstay on Butler’s offensive line, which helped the Bulldogs lead the league in total offense.  Summerville, an honorable mention All-PFL pick last year, was Butler’s third-leading tackler.

Five Butler players were named second team All-PFL.  On offense, senior wide receiver Dan Bohrer, senior offensive lineman Brian Crable and junior offensive lineman Mike Staniewicz were picked, while junior defensive lineman Grant Hunter and sophomore linebacker Nick Caldicott were selected on defense.  Bohrer, Butler’s all-time leader in receptions and touchdown catches, ranked among the league leaders in receptions and receiving yards, while Crable and Staniewicz helped Butler rank among the national leaders in fewest quarterback sacks allowed.  Hunter, a first team All-PFL pick a year ago, missed three games with illness, but still led the team and ranked among the league leaders in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss.  Caldicott tied for Butler’s team lead in tackles this fall.

Butler also had five players earn honorable mention on the All-PFL squad.  Quarterback Andrew Huck, who ranked second in the PFL in total offense, earned recognition on offense, while senior linebacker Derek Guggenberger and sophomore defensive back Mark Giacomantonio were tabbed on defense.  Guggenberger tied Caldicott for the team lead in tackles, while Giacomantonio tied for the PFL lead in pass interceptions with five.  Freshman punter Michael Wilson, who had a league-high 27 punts inside the 20-yard line this season, and sophomore return specialist Jordan Koopman, who led the PFL in kickoff returns, also received honorable mention on the All-League team.