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Five Knights land on MIAC postseason squads

November 26, 2018 at 3:05 pm
(L to R) Travis Brown, Dylan Rye, Eric Stadelman, Christian Zaytoun, and Eric McGregor
(L to R) Travis Brown, Dylan Rye, Eric Stadelman, Christian Zaytoun, and Eric McGregor

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Five members of the Carleton College football team received recognition as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) handed out its postseason awards. Defensive back Travis Brown (So./St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville) was tabbed by conference coaches to the All-MIAC second-team defense. Tight end Dylan Rye (Sr./Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow), offensive lineman Eric Stadelman (Jr./Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf), and quarterback Christian Zaytoun (Sr./Raleigh, N.C./Woodberry Forest) received All-MIAC Honorable Mention, while defensive back Eric McGregor (Sr./Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth) was named to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team.

Brown was the only MIAC player this season with both an interception return and a punt return for a touchdown. The former helped the Knights to a 36-34 victory at Augsburg, while the latter came in the season finale at Concordia-Moorhead. Brown was second among MIAC players with 12 pass breakups on the year. He ranked eighth among conference players with 69 tackles during the regular season and was third with 32 solo stops during MIAC contests. He averaged 24.7 yards per punt return after taking over that role late in the season.

He was twice selected for the MIAC Player-of-the-Week Award—becoming the first Knight to do so since 2011—and earned his first career D3football.com national Team-of-the-Week honor.

Zaytoun totaled 27 touchdown passes on the year and amassed 2,261 yards through the air, with those figures ranking as the second-highest and third-highest, respectively, single-season totals in recorded team history. The 27 touchdown tosses ranked second among MIAC quarterbacks in 2018 and 17th in NCAA Division III. Zaytoun was third among conference signal callers in passing yards this season while ranking 47th in D-III. He guided an offense that scored on a MIAC-best 83 percent of its red-zone opportunities this season.

Not surprisingly, Zaytoun’s named can be found all over the Carleton record book. He established new programs standards for both passes attempted (64) and passes completed (46) during the season opener at Macalester. His 482 passing yards in that contest are third-most in team history. Zaytoun matched the 28-year old school record with six touchdown passes in the Homecoming victory over Hamline University. He wrapped up his time at Carleton with 4,450 career passing yards and 40 career touchdown passes. Those totals are eighth and fourth in school history.

Rye led Carleton with an average of 12.2 yards per reception. He totaled 33 catches for 403 yards, ranking fourth and second, respectively, on the team. Rye paced MIAC tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game (40.3). He was third on the Knights with five touchdown receptions, one off the MIAC leaders at his position.

Stadelman earned All-MIAC Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season. He played a key role along an offensive line that helped the Knights increase scoring by 7.2 points per game over the previous year. Carleton improved its red zone touchdown rate, climbing from ninth among MIAC teams at 63 percent in 2017 to second in the conference at 74 percent. The passing attack increased by 60 yards per game over a year ago.

As part of the conference’s continuing sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the 13th-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. McGregor was among the conference leaders in passes defended until suffering a season-ending injury on Oct. 13.