BAY CITY, Mich. – Senior Billy Eakins (Pickerington, Ohio) and junior Demetrius Farmer (Dover, Ohio) were named First Team All-GLIAC selections to highlight 10 total Ohio Dominican football players named to the all-conference list.
Junior Cole Tameris (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) were Second Team All-GLIAC picks. Honorable Mention All-GLIAC selections included seniors Aaron Stephens (Ironton, Ohio), Marquise Tyus (Lakewood, Ohio) and Paul Wesselhoeft (Logan, Ohio), junior Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) and sophomores Dar Stanford (Zanesville, Ohio) and Ross Thompson (Delphos, Ohio).
The Panthers have now had 61 all-conference awards over the last four years.
Eakins was a First Team All-GLIAC pick in 2014 and a second team selection in 2013. He finished his career as ODU's interception leader (14), as well as the school's record holder in passes defended (43). He tallied 255 tackles (10.5 TFL) in 48 career games, which is the fourth-most tackles in ODU history. This season, Eakins finished with 58 tackles (35 solo) and three interceptions while breaking up three other passes.
Farmer led all GLIAC defensive linemen in tackles during the regular season, making 68 stops (13.5 TFL) with eight sacks. The sack total is the second most by an ODU player in single-season history and was the third-most in the GLIAC this year, and he ranked fifth in the conference in tackles for loss (tied for third in school history). Farmer also forced two fumbles.
Tameris is a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Panthers, making 10 starts at left guard this season. Overall, he has started 34 games since 2014.
Contini had one of the best single seasons for an ODU receiver in program, hauling in 69 passes for 984 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranked fourth in the GLIAC in both catches and yards, and the reception total is the fourth-most in ODU history while his yardage was the fifth-best total. Contini had four 100-plus yard receiving games this fall.
Stephens started all 11 games at tight end and also served as ODU's long snapper. He caught 25 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns, with all of his touchdown grabs coming in the last six weeks of the season. He had two TDs against Northern Michigan and 86 yards and a TD at Walsh.
Tyus ranked second on the team with 84 tackles, which ranked 13th in the GLIAC. He also broke up eight passes, which was tied for the sixth-most in the GLIAC. He made 218 tackles in his career, which is the eighth-most in ODU history, and also ranks eighth with 25 passes defended. Tyus started at both safety and corner during his career at ODU.
Wesselhoeft was a First Team All-GLIAC pick last season and finished this year with 33 tackles (6.0 TFL) and five sacks, all of which were career highs. In his career, he tallied 24.0 tackles for loss, which is sixth in ODU history, and his 12.5 career sacks are the third-most by a Panther.
Russell authored the most accurate passing season of an ODU quarterback, completing 241-of-345 throws (69.9 percent) for 2,730 yards and 23 touchdowns. That was the best completion percentage in school history and ranks second in Division II entering the postseason. Russell completed at least 64 percent of his throws in each of the last seven games and had a trio of 300-plus yard performances in that stretch as well. He earned GLIAC Player of the Week honors after completing 31-of-35 passes for 384 yards and four TDs at Northern Michigan.
Stanford finished the season with 60 catches for 687 yards and four touchdowns, ranking fifth in the league in receptions and 10th in yards. He caught nine passes for 166 yards at Findlay and had 10 receptions against No. 2 Grand Valley State as well. Stanford had five games with seven or more catches.
Thompson led the defense and ranked eighth in the GLIAC with 94 tackles and ninth with 10.0 tackles for loss. He earned GLIAC Player of the Week recognition after making 17 tackles (4.0 TFL) against Wayne State and had seven games with eight or more tackles, including a trio with more than 11. Thompson also forced a pair of fumbles. His tackle total was the seventh-best in ODU single-season history.
Ohio Dominican finished the season with a 7-4 record. Since 2011, the Panthers have won at least seven games in every season, compiling an overall record of 51-19 (.729) in that span with a pair of NCAA postseason appearances.
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