No. 14 Redlands Football Collects 14 All-SCIAC Awards
It was announced on Monday that the No. 14 University of Redlands football team collected 14 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) awards, with half of them coming on the First Team.
Senior offensive lineman Sam Albrecht (Yorba Linda, CA) earned the Bulldogs' sole First-Team nod for offense, representing the O-line that led the nation with the least number of sacks allowed. Redlands gave up a total of three in 10 games this season. Starting for the third year of his career, Albrecht served as a strong leader for this critical group en route to his inaugural All-SCIAC award. He also contributed to the Redlands offense that racked up a balanced attack of 2,016 rushing yards and 2,159 passing yards.
The Bulldog defense gained four First-Team honorees in senior linemen Randy Crim (Mentone, CA) and Brett Hutter (Ontario, CA), as well as senior defensive back Josh Herrera (Vista, CA) and junior linebacker Jordan Garcia (Carlsbad, CA).
Gaining his first All-Conference honor, Crim played an integral role as a nose guard for the Maroon and Gray, racking up 18 tackles in six SCIAC games and 44 overall this season. In 10 games played, he earned 10 tackles for a loss of 14 yards, highlighted by four sacks. Crim revealed his well-rounded style of play by also recovering a fumble and blocking a kick during conference competition.
Boasting an incredibly balanced stat sheet, Hutter lands on the First Team after last year's Second-Team accolade. Of his 30 total tackles, 21 of them came against SCIAC opponents during the Maroon and Gray's second-place showing. He led the team in tackles for a loss, featured by his season-high of three vs. then-No. 20 Cal Lutheran University. Overall, he posted a TFL in seven games in 2011, including Redlands' upset win over then-No. 4 North Central College. Hutter also ranked first among the Bulldogs with 11 quarterback hurries.
One of four co-captains to be honored, Herrera gains his third All-SCIAC award while collecting the second First-Team nod of his career. During the 2011 season, he ranked third overall on the team with 66 tackles, including 38 of the solo variety. This talented free safety also recorded eight pass break-ups, including six in conference action. In addition, he nabbed an interception during the Bulldogs' upset victory over North Central.
The heart and soul of the Bulldog defense, Garcia earns back-to-back First-Team awards with this year's honor. In 2011, he led the team with 87 tackles, highlighted by 54 solo hits. He collected seven or more tackles in all but one game this season, including a career-high 16 against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. This two-time co-captain posted seven tackles for a loss of 18 yards to go along with two pass break-ups and four quarterback hurries.
After earning back-to-back Second-Team recognition, Norris wraps up his Bulldog career with his inaugural First-Team accolade. This season, he served as the team's primary punter, supplying 44 boots for a total of 1,720 yards. His conference-leading average of 40.1 yards was emphasized by a season-long of 66 during the Maroon and Gray's victory over the University of La Verne. Overall, Norris placed 11 punts inside the 20-yard line and demanded 14 fair catches on the year. In addition, he supplied a successful fake for an 18-yard rush and the first down against CMS.
Capturing the inaugural All-SCIAC award of his young career, Grady rounds out Redlands' First-Team recipients. As the Bulldogs' leading scorer, he connected on eight field goals, including a long of 42 yards, to go along with 41 successful point-after-tries. During conference competition, he led the SCIAC with a perfect 31-for-31 PAT performance. In addition, Grady provided 61 kick-offs while amassing more than 3,600 yards for an average distance of 59.5 yards.
The Bulldogs also collected seven Second-Team awards with five of them coming on offense.
While enjoying a break-out season, junior quarterback Chad Hurst (Dixon, CA) takes home his inaugural All-Conference plaudit. After stepping into the starting play-caller role, he accumulated 705 yards on the ground and 2,151 yards through the air. He carried the ball 93 times for an average of 7.6 yards per carry while scoring 10 touchdowns. He offered a 52.1 completion percentage and an efficiency rating of 123.75, which resulted in 19 passing touchdowns on the season. In conference games, he racked up an average of 276.5 yards of total offense, ranking second among the SCIAC.
Junior running back Brad Crisanty (Granite Bay, CA) overcame an early-season injury to become the team's second-leading ball carrier en route to back-to-back Second-Team recognition. In just eight games, he piled up 510 yards on 86 attempts and scored four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. He ranked fourth among the conference running backs with 76.6 yards per game, which included two performances of more than 100 yards each. Crisanty also stepped in to make three catches, including a long of 22 yards in the Maroon and Gray's NCAA playoff game against the No. 3 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Senior wide receiver Tyler Aubrey (San Diego, CA) wraps up a solid career with the Bulldogs with his first ever All-SCIAC nod. This season, he amassed 303 yards on 25 catches for an average of 12.1 yards per reception. During the team's win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, he pulled in a season-long catch of 44 yards and also scored one of his two touchdowns of the 2011 campaign. In addition, Aubrey served as a return specialist for the Bulldogs, taking 16 punts for 164 yards and nine kick-offs for 152 yards.
A pair of offensive linemen in junior Peter Kinney (Newport Beach, CA) and senior Chris Radtke (Redlands, CA) also collected Second-Team honors. Kinney gains the first All-SCIAC award of his career with this year's accolade, while Radtke repeats as an All-Conference selection after last year's First-Team nod. These two joined forces with Albrecht to create the least penetrable O-line in all of NCAA Division III, based on the fewest sacks allowed. In conference action, this was limited to just two.
Finally, senior linebacker Tony Santini (San Jose, CA) and senior defensive back Vince Aiello (Fullerton, CA) repeat their plaudits from a year ago by representing the Bulldog defense on the All-SCIAC Second Team. Santini corralled 45 tackles on the season, with 21 of them coming in conference competition. In addition, three of his four tackles for a loss were against SCIAC foes. He also recorded one break-up and recovered one fumble during the 2011 campaign. Aiello stepped up as one of the team's top cornerbacks, earning six break-ups on the season. During Senior Day against Whittier College, he nabbed one interception and blocked a kick. Overall, he tallied 31 tackles, including 25 solo hits on the season.
The Bulldogs put together an impressive 8-2 season while garnering national rankings for all but one week of the season. Redlands advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2007 while making its sixth appearance in program history.
The All-Conference awards are nominated and voted upon by the head coaches of the seven SCIAC schools at their end-of-season meeting. For a complete list of the honorees, please visit www.thesciac.org.