(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Great Midwest Athletic Conference released its All-Conference Honors for football and 11 Cavaliers have been named. Kalvin Gordon, Aidan O'Neill, Leondre Crosby, Dylan Garver, and Kasey Tingler were all named to the All-Conference Second Team. Koby Adu-Poku, Emmanuel Brantley, Jay Kundrat, Rikwon Moore, Seamus O'Sullivan, and Hunter Polk were all selected as Honorable Mentions.
Gordon (Sr., 5-11, 193 lbs., Mansfield, Ohio/Comprehensive) provided the bulk of the Walsh offense on the ground as he rushed for 939 yards on 154 attempts in 11 games. His average of 85.4 yards per game was third in the conference and his 6.1 yards per carry were fifth in the conference amongst running backs with at least 85 carries. Gordon went over the century mark in four games this year with his two best games coming against Lake Erie with 170 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 175 yards against Ohio Dominican. OVerall, he had 1,081 all-purpose yards on the season.
O'Neill (Sr., 6-6, 315 lbs., Noblesville, Ind./Cathedral) served as the leader on the offensive line at left tackle. Behind him, the Walsh rushing attack averaged 198.3 yards per game, a mark that ranked second in the conference and 34th in the nation. The Cavaliers rushed for over 200 yards in five of their last six games.
Crosby (R-Fr., 6-1, 235 lbs., Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) had an impressive rookie campaign at linebacker with 39 tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss. He also added a fumble recovery and punt block that directly led to two touchdowns in Walsh's first win of the season at Kentucky Wesleyan. The fumble recovery was returned 71 yards to the 4-yard line while the punt block resulted in a touchdown on the same play. He was later named G-MAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
Garver (So., 5-11, 189 lbs., Poland, Ohio/Poland) was selected at defensive back and proved to be not only the top tackler on the team, but he was also one of the best in the conference with a total of 82 takedowns, fifth-most in the G-MAC. That averaged out to 7.5 per game, seventh-best in the conference. He reached double-digits in tackles twice with 11 at Saginaw Valley and a season-best 13 at Central Connecticut State.
Tingler (So., 5-11, 180 lbs., Brookefield, Ohio/Brookefield) was arguably the best place kicker in the conference and one of the best in the nation. His field goal percentage of .800 is tied for 17th-best in the nation after he made 8-of-10 on the season. Tingler was clutch from distance as he made all five attempts between 40 and 49 yards. He has the longest field goal in the conference this season with a 49-yard try at Lake Erie. Tingler also has four of the five longest and five of the nine longest field goals in the G-MAC. On PATs, he was 29-of-30 on the season to lead the team with 53 points. He too was named a Special Teams Player of the Week.
Adu-Poku (Fr., 5-9, 180 lbs., Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) was an all-purpose machine as a running back and kick returner. He averaged 113.5 yards per game. Adu-Poku also tied for the team-lead in touchdowns with six on the year. He rushed for over 100 yards twice in games against Kentucky Wesleyan and Lake Erie. Against Alderson Broaddus, he returned six kickoffs for 242 yards, an average of 40.3 yards, including a season-best 93 yards on one of them to be named G-MAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Brantley (Sr., 6-0, 240 lbs., Canton, Ohio/Massillon) was one of the leaders on the defensive line at nose tackle. He started all 11 games this season and made 36 tackles on the year. His two best games came against Wayne State and Saginaw Valley where he made six tackles in each contest.
Kundrat (Sr., 6-3, 250 lbs., Parma, Ohio/St. Edward) played in 10 games this season at tight end. While he did have four receptions for 54 yards, his main purpose was to provide blocking on the running game. Kundrat was instrumental in stretching the field for the Cavaliers offense with run plays designed for the edges.
Moore (Sr., 6-0, 210 lbs., Washington, Pa./Washington) joined Brantley on the defensive line as the team's defensive tackle. He played in all 11 games and made 29 tackles on the season. Of those, four were for a loss with 3.5 of those tallied on quarterback sacks. In addition to that, he recovered two fumbles.
O'Sullivan (Jr., 6-1, 212 lbs., South Grafton, Mass./Holy Name) also served the defense as a will linebacker. He was one of the Cavaliers' leading tacklers with 41 on the season. Three of those came behind the line of scrimmage.
Polk (R-Fr., 6-5, 270 lbs., Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley) played along the offensive line opposite of O'Neill in the right guard position. Originally listed as a backup in the Week 1 two-deep, Polk made strides throughout the season and eventually landed in a starting role midway through the year. Like O'Neill and Kundrat, he too was instrumental in the success of the Cavaliers' rushing attack.
For a complete list of the G-MAC All-Conference Team, click here.