Six Yellow Jackets Named All-South Region by D3football.com

Six Yellow Jackets Named All-South Region by D3football.com

MINNEAPOLIS – Senior kicker Seth Yurgel (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) was named to the All-South Region First Team as the Randolph-Macon football team had six players earn All-Region honors by D3football.com.

Sophomore running back Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston) was voted All-South Region Second Team, while Third Team members included senior defensive lineman Cole Burdette (Frederick, Md./Urbanna), senior defensive lineman Xavier Strothers (Durham, N.C./Jordan), senior safety Eric Long (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) and sophomore offensive lineman Greg Castle (Clayton, N.C./North Johnston).

Yurgel was 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. He was 10 away from the program record.

Frederick was selected 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.

Burdette was named the Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year in the ODAC and was All-ODAC First Team. Burdette was the anchor for the top defense in the league and one of the best in the nation. He led the team and was third in the ODAC with 18 tackles for loss (minus-86 yards) and 9.5 quarterback sacks (minus-62 yards). Burdette was tied for third on the team with 51 total tackles and he had three pass deflections. Through games of Nov. 19, R-MC was tops in the ODAC and 11th in the nation in rush defense, allowing 71.6 yards per game on the ground. The Yellow Jackets were also first in the conference and 14th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 14.3 points per contest. Buedette was named ODAC Defensive Player of the Week following R-MC's 31-10 victory over Guilford.

Strothers was All-ODAC First Team and was a two-time All-ODAC selection. He was also First Team in 2015, as well as Third Team All-South Region a season ago. Strothers had eight tackles for loss (minus-34 yards) and five quarterback sacks (minus-30 yards. He had 37 total tackles, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

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.

Castle was All-ODAC First Team. He helped open the holes for ODAC Offensive Player of the Year, Tre Frederick. R-MC was second in the league in rushing with 215.6 yards per game. The Yellow Jackets were third in sacks against with 1.73 per contest.

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.

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