Dec. 8 – MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Bethany College standouts, junior defensive end Nadim Raddar (Laurel, Md./Old Mill) and junior wideout Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) have been named All-South Region selections by D3Football.com, announced the website on Monday. Raddar earned second-team honors, while Blinn came in as a third-team selection.
Raddar, the 2014 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the year, earned his first all-region selection as he totaled 74 tackles in just nine regular season games. This season, he 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, Raddar 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).
Blinn, who earned First-Team All-PAC honors for the second year in a row, was also given the nod as a third-team selection for the second time. Blinn finished the year with 106 catches, breaking his own single-season mark of 95 which he set one season ago. He also finished the year with 1,035 yards and nine scores.
Six times on the year, Blinn eclipsed 100-yards receiving, which included a season-high 155 yards against Grove City College on November 1. Over the span of the year, Blinn became the career record holder in Bethany history for both receptions and receiving yards. Those numbers now stand at 251 catches and 3,105 receiving yards.
The junior wideout also became the first Bison in school history to record back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. He now holds two of the top three single-season receiving yards mark as the 1,035 he totaled in 2014 ranked third all-time. Blinn is also the first two-time all-region selection for the Bison since D3Football.com started doing all-region awards in 2005.
The two all-region selections for the Bison marks the first time since the start of the D3Football.com All-Region awards that Bethany has placed more than one player on the list. The Green & White finished the season with a 6-5 mark, the best since the 2001 campaign.