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Ferrum Football Players Named All-Conference

Brian Mann (left) and Johnathon have been named to the All-ODAC first team.
Brian Mann (left) and Johnathon have been named to the All-ODAC first team.


2018 ODAC All-Conference Football Team

FERRUM, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has announced the 2018 Football All-Conference Team, and Ferrum College has a total of nine players selected. Headlining the list for the Panthers is senior defensive lineman Johnathon Johnson and junior running back Brian Mann, both named to the first team.

Johnson posted 28 tackles, including 18 solo and six for loss, and had two quarterback sacks this season. This is Johnson's first All-Conference honor.

Mann rushed for 1,635 yards on 244 carries with 15 touchdowns. He added eight kickoff returns for 269 yards and another touchdown. This is his third All-Conference first team selection, including two he earned with the USA South Athletic Conference in 2016 and 2017. Mann was the USA South Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 and that league's Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

Earning second team All-ODAC for the Panthers were junior offensive lineman Jordan Patti, senior defensive lineman John Childers, junior linebacker AJ Camp and senior defensive back Rod Smith.

Third team Al-ODAC selections include senior offensive lineman Malik Price, freshman linebacker Niccolas Helvy and freshman defensive back Christian Johnson.

Shenandoah quarterback Hayden Bauserman earned J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year, while Bridgewater College linebacker Re'Shaun Myers earned Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year. Randolph-Macon College's Pedro Aruzza was named ODAC Coach of the Year and Hampden-Sydney College running back Kaleb Smith earned ODAC Rookie of the Year. Randolph-Macon quarterback Burke Estes was named the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete.

Ferrum closed out the season with a 5-5 overall record under third-year Head Coach Rob Grande. The Panthers finished tied for fourth place in the ODAC standings with a 3-4 league mark. Ferrum had the league's only win over Randolph-Macon College, who won the ODAC title and earned a spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs.