November 18, 2010
BLUFFTON, Ohio - Nine Bluffton University football players were recently honored by
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their play during the 2010 season.
The athletes were selected by the Heartland Conference coaches following the completion
of the regular season.
Taking home his second All-Heartland Conference honor was First Team selection Justin Crosier (Columbus/Hamilton Township), a junior defensive lineman who moved from end to nose
tackle midway through the season. Crosier, who was honorable mention All-HCAC as a
sophomore, stuffed opposing offenses with an HCAC-leading 19.0 tackles for loss which
placed him tied for eighth nationally in Division III. In addition to his prowess
at stopping the run, Crosier paced the Beavers and finished second in the Heartland
Conference with 7.5 sacks for a loss of 51 yards. He tallied a team-high 63 stops,
39 unassisted, while forcing a pair of fumbles and two quarterback hurries.
Junior Todd Trotter (Cincinnati/Aiken University) earned his second straight First Team All-Heartland
Conference honor as a specialist for Bluffton. Trotter, who led Bluffton with 38 receptions
for 361 yards (9.5 yards per catch), proved to be a valuable weapon both on offense
and special teams. He returned 29 kickoffs for 589 yards (20.3 yards per return),
giving him a team-high 987 yards of total offense (98.7 yards per game). It marked
his second season leading Bluffton in that category as Trotter's 909 return yards
in 2009 was boosted by returns of 80 and 86 yards for touchdowns. His long return
in 2010 was 40 yards. Trotter was also named Second Team All-Conference as a kick
returner this season.
Offensive lineman Russell Krouse (Huntsville/Indian Lake) received his first All-Heartland Conference award in 2010.
The three-year starter provided protection for Bluffton's improved offense that saw
three Beavers each go for over 200 yards on the ground. Krouse, a two-year starter
at left tackle, was also instrumental in Bluffton completing 56.5 percent of its passes,
the best percentage by a Beaver squad since Jared Owens directed the offense in 2003.
Free safety Steve Sealscott (Van Wert) collected his third straight piece of All-Heartland Conference post-season
hardware. The three-year starter at free safety picked up 31 tackles despite being
limited to six games due to injury. Sealscott returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown
in the season-opening win at Kalamazoo, taking home HCAC Player of the Week honors
following his performance against the Hornets. The junior added an interception and
two breakups for the Beavers.
Freshman quarterback Tyler Wright (Troy) earned honorable mention All-HCAC acclaim while proving his mettle as both
a passer and a runner. Wright led the Beavers with 764 yards on 87-of-139 passing
with four touchdowns and a 62.6 completion percentage, the third-highest single-season
percentage in Bluffton history. He also paced the ground game with 611 yards rushing
and two scores.
Sophomore Stephen Miller (Logan) was named honorable mention All-HCAC for the second time in 2010. He came
in seventh for the Beavers with 33 tackles, including 18 solos. Miller's seven tackles
for loss was the third-highest total on the team and he finished with 2.5 sacks for
a loss of 26 yards. The defensive end recovered two fumbles and recorded a quarterback
Linebacker Jake Luthy (Ida, Mich./Ida) picked up his first honorable mention All-HCAC award while racking
up 50 tackles this season. His 31 solo stops was the second highest total for Bluffton
and his 50 total tackles placed him third. Luthy was instrumental in slowing opposing
offenses, piling up nine tackles for a loss of 41 yards and five sacks for 33 yards.
The junior forced two fumbles, recovered one, broke up a pass and added a quarterback
Also earning his first All-Heartland Conference selection was sophomore Josh Runda (Lima/Bath) who tallied 45 tackles while coming off the bench in 2010. His 45 tackles
was the fourth-highest total for Bluffton. Runda, a two-sport standout who saw time
behind the plate for the Bluffton baseball team as a freshman, forced a pair of fumbles
and came up with an interception this season. He racked up 30 solo tackles and seven
tackles for a loss of 19 yards. The linebacker added four sacks for 16 yards and broke
up a pass.
Junior Shane Hubbard (Johnstown/Big Walnut) finished the season as the number two-leading tackler for
the Beavers with 53 stops, including 24 unassisted. He forced a fumble and recorded
a tackle for loss while moving up to eighth all-time at Bluffton with 185 career tackles.
It marked Hubbard's second consecutive selection as honorable mention All-HCAC after
leading Bluffton with 84 tackles last season.
The Beavers (4-6, 3-5 HCAC) fashioned their best season since Bluffton went 5-5 in
2004. Bluffton will return experience and depth all over the field in 2011 with just
six seniors graduating in the spring. Full statistics and information on the 2010
football season are available online at www.blufftonbeavers.com/football