(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson football team had three players named to the 2017 All-Centennial Conference Team, announced on Tuesday.
Sophomore James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) led the way, earning Second-team honors at linebacker, leading the conference with 11.3 tackles per game. Junior John Minicozzi (Media, Pa./Episcopal) makes his second straight appearance, receiving honorable mention in 2016 and again this fall.
First-year Cuba Birnbaum (Newton, Mass./Suffield Academy) had a great rookie season, receiving honorable mention on the offensive line.
Turner led the defense and the conference with 113 tackles, including 69 solo stops. He recorded a career-high 20 tackles, including 12 solo and three-for-losses against Johns Hopkins. Turner posted 12 tackles in each of the last four games.
The Red Devils closed out the season with one of their best performances of the year, posting a 40-17 win over Ursinus. Turner anchored a tremendous defensive effort that allowed just 14 yards in the second half, holding the Bears to just four in the fourth quarter.
Minicozzi earned a starting role in his rookie season and has anchored the defensive line for the past three years. The Red Devil captain earns his second straight mention on the All-CC team.
Minicozzi and the Dickinson defense ranked second in the conference in pass defense, allowing just 174 yards per game. The Red Devils gave a dominant performance in the season finale, holding Ursinus scoreless in the second half, allowing just four yards in the final quarter, including negative four yards rushing.
The Red Devils held Gettysburg to just 96 yards rushing in a 24-21 win to keep possession of the Little Brown Bucket. Minicozzi recorded 17 tackles and 4.5 tackles-for-loss on the year.
Birnbaum made an immediate impact, stepping into a starting role on the offensive line. He started all 10 games for the Red Devils and was named the team's 'Offensive Lineman of the Week', following the win at Gettysburg. Birnbaum followed in the steps of Turner with a year of post-grad work at Suffield Academy, bringing additional experience to the front line.
The Red Devils continued to develop on the offensive side, rotating injured quarterbacks and running backs throughout the season. Dickinson finished the season with some solid momentum, producing over 300 yards of offense in each of the last three games. The Red Devils were second in the conference in fewest penalties.
Dickinson tallied 450 total yards of offense at Gettysburg and combined for 400 yards in the season finale, rushing for 219 while first-year quarterback Robert Geiss (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) threw for 181 on the day.
The Red Devils finished 3-7 overall and 3-6 in the Centennial Conference under first-year Head Coach Brad Fordyce.
Offensive Player of the Year: Luke McFadden, Johns Hopkins, Jr., WR
Defensive Player of the Year: Joe Granahan, Franklin & Marshall, Jr., DL
Rookie of the Year: Samuel Ragland, Ursinus, Fr., RB
Coach of the Year: John Troxell, Franklin & Marshall