Dec. 22 - DANBURRY, Conn. - Led by Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Nadim Raddar (Laurel, Md./Old Mill), the Bethany College football program has placed four members on the ECAC South All-Star Teams, announced the ECAC on Monday evening.
Earning First-Team All-Star selections were Raddar and senior punter Stephen Amic (McDonald, Pa./West Allegheny), while senior defensive back Wyssmy Despagne (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale) and junior wide receiver Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) earned second-team accolades.
Along with his first team selection, Raddar earned the distinction of being named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the ECAC South Region. He shares the honor with senior Aamir Petrose of Wesley College as the two received an equal number of votes for the award. Raddar was also named the Defensive MVP of the Presidents' Athletic Conference, and was named a FIrst-Team All-American by the American Football Coaches' Association.
Raddar totaled 74 tackles in just nine regular season games and ranked among the Nation’s elite disruptive forces as over 25 percent of his tackles were for loss. Raddar finished 2014 with 21.5 TFL, recording at least 2.0 tackles for loss in seven of his nine games. On four of those instances he posted at least 3.0 tackles for loss. Along with those numbers, he also led the PAC in total sacks, posting 12.5 on the year.
Raddar led the way for a Bison defense that saw vast improvement during the 2014 season. In 2013, the Green & White defense ranked last in the conference in total yards allowed per game (437.1). However, Raddar helped lead a resurgence for the Bison defense, and the Green & White finished third in the PAC this season in opponents’ yards per game (335.3). They also ranked first in the conference, and among the Nation’s best, in total tackles for loss (120) and sacks (43).
Amic also earned a First-Team ECAC South All-Star selection following his best statistical season with the Green & White. The senior punter also earned a First-Team All-PAC laurel and was invited to two seperate Division III all-star games.
In 2014, Amic was the top punter in the PAC, averaging a career-best 40.4 yards per punt. He totaled 12 punts of over 50 yards on the year which marked the same amount that he had posted in his previous three years, combined. He also placed a career-best 21 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, which also led the conference.
Blinn, who was named a First-Team All-PAC selection and a third-team all-region recepiant from D3Football.com, was honored with a Second-Team South-Region All-Star laurel. Blinn caught a career high 106 receptions while also scoring a career-best nine touchdowns. He finished the year with 1,035 yards receiving, becoming the only player in Bethany College history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Over the course of the year, Blinn became the first player at Bethany to catch at least 100 passes and broke two separate career marks, including total receiving yards, and total receptions. He also stands just two touchdown catches shy of the career mark, currently boasting 23 in three seasons.
Despagne joined Blinn as a Second-Team All-Star follwing his second-straight First-Team All-PAC selection. He earned his all-conference selection by recording 51 tackles including 38 solo stops this season. Nine times during the 2014 campaign Despagne totaled at least four tackles. He also registered at least one pass breakup in seven contests, ranking second on the team in passes defended with nine, including one interception on the year.
A complete list of the ECAC Division III South Regional All-Stars can be seen here.