Trinity alumni and seniors on Denison Big Red Football team were recently honored by being named all conference. Congratulations to all three of you guys!
Jon Berg rushed for 826 yards and was named to the All-NCAC first-team on Monday.
Senior running back Jon Berg (Washington, Pa./Trinity) was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference first-team on Monday, heading a list of six Big Red football players on the annual all-conference squad.
Berg became Denison's 29th first-team selection and the first since Jon Dunham in 1999. He did so by finishing second in the NCAC in rushing with 826 yards and eight touchdowns. Berg helped the Big Red lead the NCAC in rushing with an average of 203 yards per game. He leaves Denison with 2,391 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. He totaled eight, 100-yard rushing games in his career while averaging nearly five yards per carry.
Following Berg on the second-team was senior tight end Jon McDermott (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and senior linebacker/defensive back Bert Bathiany (Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands). McDermott was a major part of Denison's top-ranked rushing offense. An outstanding blocker, McDermott held down the edge for the Big Red while also catchign four passes for 46 yards.
Since arriving in Granville as a sophomore, Bathiany has been a major part of the Big Red defense and the co-captain enjoyed his finest season at Denison in 2008. He was third on the team in total tackles with 60. He also intercepted two passes for 14 yards and had five tackles-for-a-loss. Bathiany played in 28 career games and leaves Denison with 132 tackles.
Denison's conference all-stars were rounded out by honorable mention selections Will Minor (Washington, Pa./Trinity), Joe Ulrey (Marengo, Ohio/Highland) and Jim Minor (Washington, Pa./Trinity).
Will Minor made the move from tight end to left tackle in 2008 and thrived in his new role protecting the blind side of quarterback Mike Barnes (Gates Mills, Ohio/Mayfield). His brother, Jim, closed out his fourth year as a starter at linebacker and led the team in tackles with 62 while also adding two sacks and one interception. Ulrey, a three-year starter at linebacker, finished fourth in tackles with 58. He posted 208 tackles in his career.
The Big Red finished the season with a 6-4 record and a 4-3 mark in NCAC play resulting in a tie for third place in the conference standings.
View the 2008 NCAC All-Conference List