Nov. 18 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – First-Team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference selections for Bethany College sophomore wide receiver Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) and junior defensive back Wyssmy Despagne (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale) highlighted 10 All-PAC awards for the Bison football program.
Blinn earned his second All-PAC selection as he garnered first-team laurels for the first time in his career. Notching seven 100+ yard games this season, Blinn led all receivers in the PAC in receiving yards (130.0), receptions per game (9.5), and touchdowns (8).
Blinn was also awarded with honorable mention status on special teams as he was recognized for his work in the kick return game. He finished second in the PAC in all-purpose yards (185.5) and kick return yardage (508).
Along with his season numbers, Blinn broke four Bison single-game or single-season records. In a contest against Geneva on September 14, Blinn notched the single-game record for receptions with 16. In the last game of the season against Saint Vincent, Blinn notched another single-game mark, hauling in four touchdown receptions. He also set single-season marks in receptions (95) and receiving yards (1,300).
espagne was named an all-conference selection for the second-consecutive year, earning first-team honors after second-team laurels in 2012. He ranked fifth in the PAC in total passes defended with 12.0. Despagne totaled 32.5 tackles which included 1.5 tackles for loss while also forcing a fumble against Grove City. He totaled a season-high of nine tackles against Geneva on September 14.
Garnering Second-Team All-Conference honors, senior offensive lineman Evan Sargo (Munhall, Pa./Serra Catholic) earned his first all-conference award of his career helping to lead an offense that ranked first in the PAC in total passing yards per game (311.9). He also blocked for two 100-yard rushers over the course of the season and helped the Bison break 200+ yards rushing in a game, twice.
Along with Blinn, Despagne and Sargo, six other Bison earned Honorable Mention All-PAC including quarterback Matt Grimard (Lowell, Mass./Dracut), sophomore defensive lineman Jarret Rahymes (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) and sophomore linebacker Larry Kapadehyea (Monrovia, Md./Gaithersburg). Also earning honorable mention honors were defensive backs, sophomore Aaron Frye (Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area) and junior Dion Williams (Clinton, Md./Frederick Douglass) as well as junior punter Stephen Amic (McDonald, Pa./West Allegheny).
Grimard captured his fourth all-conference honor, finishing his senior campaign as the PAC’s leader in passing yards (3,100) and passing yards per game (310.0). Grimard also notched 23 touchdown passes, tying a career high. Bethany’s all-time leading passer also finished the 2013 campaign as the conference leader in total yards per game (337.6).
Rahymes earned his first all-conference award, finishing 2013 with 38 tackles. He also notched 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks while forcing two fumbles on the year while appearing in eight contests over the course of the season.
Kpadehyea made the most of his first full year of action, totaling 77 tackles en route to his first all-conference selection. Kpadehyea finished the year 13th in the conference in tackles and 14th in tackles for loss (8). He also forced and recovered a fumble this season and totaled a season-best, 10 tackles against Geneva on September 14.
Frye garnered his first all-conference honor, finishing his sophomore campaign tied for 11th in the conference among all defensive backs in tackles with 50. Frye also defended two passes and notched one interception on the season.
Williams was also named an honorable mention selection, totaling 41 tackles and tying for fifth in the PAC in interceptions with three. He opened the 2013 season with three-consecutive games with an interception.
Amic earned his second all-conference award as he led the PAC in average yards per punt (38.8). Over the course of the season, Amic notched five punts of 50+ yards and also placed 18 of his 47 punts inside the 20-yard line over the course of the season.
Bethany finished the 2013 campaign with a 4-6 overall record but notched a 4-4 mark in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play. The team’s four wins marked the most by program since the Bison went 4-3 in 2010.