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Knights earn MIAC postseason honors

November 21, 2017 at 10:32 am
(L to R) Jacob heath, Eric Stadelman, Emanual Williams, and Tyler Rolland
(L to R) Jacob heath, Eric Stadelman, Emanual Williams, and Tyler Rolland

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – A trio of Carleton College football players received All-MIAC Honorable Mention as the conference coaches handed out postseason awards on Monday. The honorees include junior defensive tackle Jacob Heath (Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh West), sophomore guard Eric Stadelman (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf) and sophomore running back-wide receiver Emanual Williams (Lovelady, Texas/Lovelady).

Additionally, senior offensive lineman Tyler Rolland (Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley) was tabbed for the MIAC’s All-Sportsmanship team.

Heath led Carleton defensive linemen with 34 tackles this season. He was second on the Knights and 22nd in the conference with 6.0 tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks.

Stadelman and Rolland providing stability along the offensive line as both started all 10 games, the former at right guard and the latter at center. Carleton had the second-most pass attempts (350) in the MIAC this season, but thanks in part to the work of Stadelman and Rolland, the Knights were sacked a conference-low 12 times. Additionally, Carleton committed only 39 penalties on the year, easily the fewest in the conference and the fifth-lowest total among NCAA Division III teams to play a full 10-game schedule.

Williams played a big part in the Knights’ offensive attack and impacted the game on special teams as he finished second in the MIAC with 129.1 all-purpose yards per game. He was one of only two MIAC players to accumulate more than 200 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving during the regular season.

Williams paced Carleton’s balanced rushing attack with 352 yards on and tied for the team lead with a trio of rushing touchdowns. He averaged 4.82 yards per carry, sixth-best in the MIAC behind only running backs from the three to-20 ranked squads in the conference. Williams also hauled in a squad-best 39 passes as a wide receiver and finished second on the roster with four touchdown receptions. Additionally, he led the MIAC in kick return yardage and averaged 21.4 yards per return. Williams was also Carleton’s leading punt returner.

As part of the conference’s continuing sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the 12th-annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for football. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.