RICHMOND, Va. –Three members of the Randolph-Macon football team have earned state awards by the Touchdown Club of Richmond.
Senior Eric Long (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) was named Defensive Back of the Year in the state of Virginia for the Division II, III/NAIA/USCAA level. Senior kicker Seth Yurgel (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) was voted Specialist of the Year and sophomore running back Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston) was named Offensive Back of the Year.
Long was All-South Region Third Team by D3football.com. Long was All-ODAC First Team and was a three-time All-ODAC selection. He was First Team in 2015 and Second Team in 2013. Long had 50 tackles, including 40 solo stops He had three tackles for loss. Long was second on the team with two interceptions and six pass breakups. He also forced one fumble.
Yurgel was an All-South Region First Team pick by D3football.com and an All-ODAC First Team selection. Yurgel was second on the team and sixth in the ODAC with 6.3 points per game (69 points in 11 games). He was 10 for 12 on field goals, with a long of 44 yards. Yurgel hit 39 of 41 extra points. Yurgel made 127 PATs in his career, the fourth-highest total in ODAC history and second in program history. He was 10 away from the program record.
Frederick was an All-South Region Second Team selection by D3football.com. He was named the J. Stokely Fulton Offensive Player of the Year in the ODAC and was a member of the All-ODAC First Team. Frederick was first in the ODAC and ninth in the nation with 1,387 rushing yards and 138.7 rushing yards per game. His 1,387 yards on the ground represent the fourth-highest total in program history. Frederick led the league with 11 rushing touchdowns and was tied for the conference lead with 13 total TDs. Frederick was first in the ODAC and sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards with 176.9 yards per game. Frederick was named ODAC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.
Under ODAC Coach of the Year Pedro Arruza, the Yellow Jackets won their 10th ODAC title, the second-highest total in league history. R-MC posted a 9-2 mark, matching the program record for victories in a season. The Yellow Jackets went 6-1 in ODAC play, setting a school record for ODAC wins in a season. R-MC earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Arruza, in his 13th season at Randolph-Macon, was named ODAC Coach of the Year for the second time. He was also honored in 2008.
The players will be recognized at the Touchdown Club of Richmond's annual Dudley and Lanier Awards Banquet on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel.