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Arruza Named Coach of the Year in State of Virginia

Arruza Named Coach of the Year in State of Virginia

ASHLAND, Va. - Randolph-Macon head football coach Pedro Arruza was voted Coach of the Year in the state of Virginia as the 2016 College Division All-State football team was released by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

The Yellow Jackets had five players named to the VaSID All-State First Team: senior kicker Seth Yurgel (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland), senior defensive lineman Cole Burdette (Frederick, Md./Urbana), senior safety Eric Long (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), sophomore running back Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston) and sophomore offensive lineman Greg Castle (Clayton, N.C./North Johnston).

There were six Yellow Jackets voted VaSID All-State Second Team: senior safety Marcus Mitchell (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield), senior linebacker Logan O'Neill (Lorton, Va./South County), senior defensive lineman Xavier Strothers (Durham, N.C./Jordan), junior defensive lineman Jake Pinkston (Alexandria, Va./Robinson), senior offensive lineman Hunter Clemons (Apex, N.C./Apex) and senior tight end Steven Quinn (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run).

Arruza was also voted ODAC Coach of the Year. This past season, 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.

Yurgel was named All-America Third Team by D3football.com. He was also an All-South Region First Team pick by D3football.com, Specialist of the Year in the state of Virginia for the Division II, III/NAIA, USCAA level by the Touchdown Club of Richmond, 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.

Burdette was All-South Region Third Team by D3football.com and was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award as the nation's top small college defensive player. He 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. R-MC was tops in the ODAC and eighth 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 13th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 14.3 points per contest. Burdette was named ODAC Defensive Player of the Week following R-MC's 31-10 victory over Guilford.

Long was All-South Region Third Team by D3football.com. He was named Defensive Back of the Year in the state of Virginia by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. 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.

Frederick was an All-South Region Second Team selection by D3football.com. He was Offensive Back of the Year in the state of Virginia by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. Frederick 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.

Castle was All-South Region Third Team by D3football.com as well as 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.

Strothers was All-South Region Third Team by D3football.com. 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.

O'Neill was All-ODAC First Team. O'Neill was a two-time All-ODAC honoree. He was Second Team in 2015. O'Neill was third on the team with 51 tackles He had eight tackles for loss (minus-25 yards) and 3.5 quarterback sacks (minus-19 yards. O'Neill had one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.

Mitchell was All-ODAC Second Team. Mitchell was a two-time All-ODAC pick. He was Second Team in 2013. Mitchell was second on the team with 54 tackles and topped the club with five interceptions. Mitchell had 6.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, seven pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Pinkston was All-ODAC Second Team. Pinkston was a two-time All-ODAC honoree. He was Third Team in 2015. Pinkston was second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss (minus-44 yards) and third on the club with six quarterback sacks (minus-30 yards). Pinkston had 48 tackles one interception, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Clemons was an All-ODAC Second Team selection. 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.

Quinn was All-ODAC Second Team and was a three-time All-ODAC selection. He was First Team in 2014 and Third Team in 2015. Quinn was a strong blocker and 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. Quinn had two catches for 30 yards.

2016 VaSID COLLEGE DIVISION ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM

Offensive Player of the Year: Taylor Loudan, Christopher Newport University
Defensive Player of the Year: Zachary Blair, University of Virginia-Wise
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Brian Mann, Ferrum College
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Neil Davis, Southern Virginia University
Coach of the Year: Pedro Arruza, Randolph-Macon College

All-State First Team
QB- Hayden Bauserman, Shenandoah University
RB- Tre Frederick, Randolph-Macon College
RB- Brian Mann, Ferrum College
WR- Taylor Loudan, Christopher Newport University
WR- Terrance Owens II, Averett University
TE- Keith Jennings, Bridgewater College
OL- Michael LaSala, Washington & Lee University
OL- Colin Moog, Christopher Newport University
OL- McFarland Murph, Emory & Henry College
OL- Greg Castle, Randolph-Macon College
OL- Chris Osier, Washington & Lee University

DL- Cole Burdette, Randolph-Macon College
DL- Davon Keith, Emory & Henry College
DL- Montel Lee, Ferrum College
DL- Ryan Ransom, Apprentice School
LB- Zachary Blair, University of Virginia-Wise
LB- Max Garrett, Washington & Lee University
LB- Brennan Gary, Christopher Newport University
CB- Will Dyson, Washington & Lee University
CB- Isaac Evans, Bridgewater College
S- Neil Davis, Southern Virginia University
S- Eric Long, Randolph-Macon College

PK- Seth Yurgel, Randolph-Macon College
P- Jordan Chalkley, Hampden-Sydney College
RS- Travis Jones, Averett University

All-State Second Team
QB- K.J. Kearney, Christopher Newport University
RB- Sean Bowman, Averett University
RB- Cedrick Delaney, Shenandoah University
WR- Owen Costello, Hampden-Sydney College
WR- Michael Ashwell, Shenandoah University
TE- Steven Quinn, Randolph-Macon College
OL- Jake Comer, Averett University
OL- Jack Howerton, Bridgewater College
OL- Hunter Clemons, Randolph-Macon College
OL- Grayson Williams, Emory & Henry College
OL- Scott Fahey, Christopher Newport University

DL- Chris Coggins, Christopher Newport University
DL- Jake Pinkston, Randolph-Macon College
DL- Xavier Strothers, Randolph-Macon College
DL- Dejon Brooks, Averett University
LB- Davey Hardesty, Bridgewater College
LB- Logan O'Neill, Randolph-Macon College
LB- Rhasheen Williams, Emory & Henry College
CB- Tyriek Able, Averett University
CB- Tre'von Lightfoot, Emory & Henry College
S- Malik Sims, Shenandoah University
S- Marcus Mitchell, Randolph-Macon College

PK- Matt Underhill, Washington & Lee University
P- Christian Arias, Shenandoah University
RS- Jalen Hudson, Shenandoah University