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Seven members of the Shepherd University football team have been named to the 2017 D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Team


(DJ Cornish, Shepherd)

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Seven members of the Shepherd University football team have been named to the 2017 D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Team. Senior quarterback Connor Jessop (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run/Virginia Tech), senior defensive end Myles Humphrey (Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise), senior offensive lineman Lavonte Hights (N. Chesterfield, Va./Meadowbrook), senior inside linebacker James Gupton (Waldorf, Md./North Point), and sophomore tight end D.J. Cornish (Felton, Del./Lake Forest) earned first team accolades, while junior wide receiver Ryan Feiss (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) and senior center Jaime Colon (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend/Hampton) were second team selections.

Jessop, a finalist for the Harlon Hill award, completed 240-of-294 passes for 3,532 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also rushed 61 times for 355 yards and six scores. He set Shepherd single-season marks for total offense (3,887), passing touchdowns, touchdowns responsible for (47), and points responsible for (282). Jessop ranks second nationally in passing yards, passing yards per game (321.1), passing touchdowns, touchdowns responsible for (47), touchdowns responsible for (47), points responsible for (282), and points responsible for per game (25.6), while ranking third in total offense (353.4).

Humphrey, the MEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the Rams with 12.5 sacks (-70 yards) and 20 tackles-for-loss (-89 yards). He also added four forced fumbles and three pass breakups. He is the program's all-time leader in sacks.

Hights, who finished third in the Gene Upshaw award balloting, set the Shepherd all-time mark for consecutive starts with 49. He anchored an offensive line that helped Shepherd rank third nationally in scoring offense, fifth in total offense, and seventh in passing offense.

Gupton topped the Rams with 87 tackles (60 solos). He has 13.5 tackles-for-loss (-68 yards) and 5.0 sacks (-42 yards). He added a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pair of pass breakups. His 335 career tackles rank him fifth on the Shepherd all-time list.

Cornish had 36 receptions for 561 yards and six touchdowns in eight games for the Rams this year.

Feiss led the Shepherd receivers with 95 receptions for 1,391 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Feiss ranks third nationally in receiving yards, and receptions per game (8.6), while ranking fourth in receiving yards per game (126.5). 

Colon helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for Shepherd to average 507.1 yards of total offense.

First team selections are eligible for All-America honors.


2017 D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Team


First Team

Pos Player School Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown

TE D.J. Cornish Shepherd So. 6-2 260 Felton, Del.

OL Lavonte Hights Shepherd Sr. 6-4 300 N. Chesterfield, Va.

OL Andrew Alten Findlay Sr. 6-2 308 Loveland, Ohio

OL Jerron Searles Indiana (PA) R-Sr. 6-5 280 Atlantic City, N.J.

OL Joseph Lacey LIU Post Sr. 6-6 328 Medford, N.Y.

OL Taylor Nikithser California (PA) Sr. 6-4 300 Wexford, Pa.

WR Marcus Johnson Slippery Rock Sr. 6-2 190 Pittsburgh, Pa.

WR Cory Contini Ohio Dominican Jr. 6-1 195 Dover, Ohio

QB Connor Jessop Shepherd Sr. 6-5 220 Ashburn, Va.

RB Marc Jones Gannon Sr. 5-11 225 Painesville, Ohio

RB Walter Fletcher Edinboro R-So. 5-9 191 Columbia, Md.

RS Deonte Harris Assumption Jr. 5-6 170 Baltimore, Md.

K Cole Tracy Assumption Sr. 5-11 190 Camarillo, Calif.


Second Team

Pos Player School Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown

TE Luke Stuffel Findlay So. 6-5 264 Canton, Ohio

OL Colin McAllister Indiana (PA) R-So. 6-2 290 Boothwyn, Pa.

OL Zack Williams Ohio Dominican R-Sr. 6-3 275 Hilliard, Ohio

OL James McNerney Assumption Sr. 6-0 275 Northvale, N.J.

OL Andrew Lorenz Ohio Dominican R-Sr. 6-3 285 Dublin, Ohio

OL Jaime Colon Shepherd Jr. 6-2 285 Fredericksburg, Va.

WR Ryan Feiss Shepherd Jr. 5-10 190 Forest Hill, Md.

WR Austin Ryan Bentley Fr. 6-0 185 Foxborough, Mass.

QB Lenny Williams, Jr. Indiana (PA) R-Jr. 5-11 202 McKees Rocks, Pa.

RB Daouda Sylla Findlay Sr. 5-9 210 Ypsilanti, Mich.

RB Jarel Elder West Chester Sr. 5-7 165 Allentown, Pa.

RS Marcus Johnson Slippery Rock Sr. 6-2 190 Pittsburgh, Pa.

K Will Brazill California (PA) Sr. 6-0 180 Kansas City, Mo.



First Team

Pos Player School Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown

DL Marcus Martin Slippery Rock R-Sr. 6-2 255 West Mifflin, Pa.

DL Myles Humphrey Shepherd Sr. 6-2 245 Upper Marlboro, Md.

DL Ray Sarkodieh Assumption Sr. 6-2 245 Worcester, Mass.

LB Tyler Morrissey West Chester R-Jr. 6-3 256 Springfield, Pa.

LB Luke Hrapchak California (PA) Sr. 6-2 240 Fairmont, W. Va.

LB James Gupton Shepherd Sr. 5-10 210 Waldorf, Md.

LB Sean Dugan Millersville R-Sr. 5-11 210 Springdale, Pa.

S Aaron Ivory Findlay Sr. 6-1 202 Cleveland, Ohio

S Andrew Benson Assumption Sr. 6-2 205 East Bridgewater, Mass.

CB JR Stevens Indiana (PA) R-So. 6-0 175 Langhorne, Pa.

CB Kevin Taylor II Shippensburg Sr. 5-10 180 East Orange, N.J.

P Brendan Paulison West Chester Jr. 6-0 210 Milford, Pa.


Second Team

Pos Player School Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown

DL Jake Klinger Bloomsburg R-Jr. 6-2 275 Berwick, Pa.

DL Johnny Hopkins Findlay Sr. 6-1 265 Radcliff, Ky.

DL Jemal Averette Indiana (PA) Sr. 6-2 288 Upper Marlboro, Md.

LB Damon Lloyd Indiana (PA) So. 6-0 235 Bel Air, Md.

LB Ryan Weber Malone Sr. 5-11 210 Butler, Ohio

LB Marcus Porter Fairmont State Sr. 6-0 225 Accokeek, Md.

LB Tajier Jefferson Kutztown R-Jr. 5-8 205 East Orange, N.J.

S Lamont McPhatter II California (PA) So. 5-11 190 New Castle, Pa.

S Max Redfield Indiana (PA) Sr. 6-1 205 Mission Viejo, Calif.

CB Zuril Hendrick Edinboro Jr. 6-0 181 Rochester, N.Y.

CB Ahkee Cox-Cowan Kutztown So. 5-9 175 Harrisburg, Pa.

P Garrett Lee Concord Sr. 6-1 185 Pearisburg, Va.


Special Honors


Offensive Player of the Year

Marc Jones, RB, Gannon


Defensive Player of the Year

Marcus Martin, DL, Slippery Rock

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