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Ferrum Foursome Named All-Conference in Football

Ferrum Foursome Named All-Conference in Football


FERRUM, Virginia -- The Old Dominoon Athletic Conference has announced its 2019 Football All-Conference Team and Ferrum College had four players honored. Headlining the list for the Panthers is sophomore punter Grayson Harvey, who was named to the All-Conference first team.

ODAC champion Bridgewater College earned four of the top five individual honors. Quarterback Jay Scroggins was named Offensive Player of the Year and linebacker Re'Shaun Myers earned Defensive Player of the Year. Wide receiver Viante Tucker was named Rookie of the Year and Mike Clark earned Coach of the Year. Washington and Lee University offensive lineman Sean Clark earned the Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award.

Harvey closed out the season ranked third in the nation among NCAA Division III punters with a 44.30 yards per punt average. He punted 47 times for the Panthers this season, totaling 2080 yards, and led the ODAC for much of the season. Harvey had five games this season in which his longest punt of the day sailed for 60 or more yards, including his longest, a 66-yard boot September 28 at home against Randolph-Macon College. This is the first All-Conference honor for Harvey, a junior from Lynchburg, Virginia.

Offensive lineman Jordan Patti earned second team All-Conference. A senior from Moneta, Virginia, this is Patti's fourth straight All-Conference nod. He was a second team selection in 2016 and a first team pick in 2017, both while Ferrum competed in the USA South Athletic Conference. Patti earned second team honors last year in Ferrum's first season in the ODAC.

Joining Harvey and Patti on the All-Conference team are linebacker senior Taylor Brown and senior defensive back Jaquice Sydnor, both as third team selections.

Brown posted 54 toal tackles this season, including 34 solo and six for loss. He recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned 48 yards for a score in his final career game Nov. 16 at Emory & Henry College. Brown also scored a touchdown Nov. 9 at Hampden-Sydney College, when he took a direct snap off a fake punt and rumbled 65 yards to the house. This is the first All-Conference nod for Brown, who hails from Forest, Virginia.

Sydnor closed the season with 42 tackles, including 30 solo stops. He added six pass breakups, forced a fumble and had one interception, which he returned 15 yards. This is also his first All-Conference selection for the Martinsville, Virginia, native.

"I am extremely proud of the four players selected to the ODAC All-Conference team. We had a challenging season and these four players met every challenge with their teammates and gave great effort every week. They are great Panthers on and off the field and I am glad the coaches in the league recognized their efforts this season." --Head Coach Rob Grande

Ferrum finished 4-6 overall and 3-5 in the ODAC this season under fourth-year Head Coach Rob Grande. The team graduates 19 players in May, with over 80 players eligible to return for the 2020 season.