December 3, 2013

Butler Places 16 Players On All-PFL Team

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Two-time, first team all-league picks Trae Heeter and Jeremy Stephens were among 16 Butler players named to the 2013 All-Pioneer Football League Team, released by the league office on Tuesday (Dec. 3).  The 21st All-PFL Team was selected by a vote of league football coaches.

Heeter, a senior running back who led the PFL in rushing for a second consecutive season, and Stephens, a senior defensive end who led the Bulldogs in quarterback sacks, were among six PFL players who were named first team on the all-league squad for the second consecutive year.  Defensive lineman Terrence Fede and offensive lineman Phede Celestin, both of Marist, and defensive lineman Pat Dowd and linebacker Collin Monnier, both of Dayton, were the other four.

Also named first team All-PFL from Butler were senior wide receiver Brendan Shannon and senior offensive lineman Charles Perrecone.  Shannon, who led the PFL in receptions and finished second in the league in receiving yards, was a second team All-PFL performer a year ago, while Perrecone earned honorable mention on last year's PFL all-league team.

Butler had two players named to the All-PFL second team, senior defensive back Sean Grady and sophomore offensive lineman David Tiwari.  Grady led the Bulldogs in pass interceptions and ranked among the PFL leaders in passes defended, while Tiwari, who was an honorable mention All-PFL pick a year ago, joined Perrecone on an offensive line that allowed only 11 quarterback sacks in 12 regular season games in 2013.

Ten additional Butler players earned honorable mention on the All-PFL Team.  Quarterback Matt Lancaster, tight end Dylan Johnson and offensive lineman Michael Demos earned recognition on the offensive side, while defensive linemen Kyle Annis and Glen Somers, linebackers Paul Yanow and Zack Sedivy and defensive back Jayme Szafranski were defensive picks.  Placekicker Jon Treloar and return specialist Marquese Martin-Hayes each earned special teams recognition.  Lancaster was the PFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, while Annis was named PFL Freshman Defensive Player of the Year a year ago.  Szafranski and Somers each earned honorable mention for the second straight year.

Butler was fourth in the league in total number of PFL players named to the all-league team, trailing Jacksonville (20), San Diego (19) and Marist (18).  The Bulldogs shared the 2013 PFL crown with Marist and became the first team to represent the PFL in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.