Cassopolis’ Curtis earns first team All-MIAA

Published 3:20 pm Thursday, November 18, 2010

ALBION — The Albion College football team was rewarded for tying for second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tuesday as it placed 10 student-athletes on the all-league teams.

Senior punter Mychal Galla (Muskegon/Muskegon Catholic Central), senior defensive lineman Jeremy Green (Chattanooga, Tenn./The McCallie School), junior cornerback Chris Greenwood (Detroit/Martin Luther King), sophomore left tackle Shane Jesiel (Sterling Heights/Henry Ford II) and sophomore running back Clinton Orr (Buchanan/Buchanan) will receive plaques designating their selection to the first team.

Senior defensive linemen Neil Copeland (Livonia/Franklin) and Austin Rodgers (Dexter/Chelsea), junior receiver J.C. Cruse (Detroit/Grosse Pointe South), sophomore offensive lineman Josh Phillips (Commerce Township/Walled Lake Northern), and junior tight end Dave Wunderlich (Troy/Troy) were awarded second team status.

Orr became the first MIAA back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in league games. He gashed opposing defenses for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns on 179 carries. When his 214 yards on kickoff returns and 204 receiving yards were factored in, Orr led the league in all purpose yards with 1,448.

Galla finished the season as the MIAA’s top punter with a 40.9-yard average. Opponents took possession inside the 20-yard line after 11 of his punts, and seven sailed at least 50 yards.

Green’s 12 tackles for loss tied him at the top of the league standings in the statistical category. He was also fourth in the league in quarterback sacks with four.

Greenwood was second in the MIAA in interceptions with four, and he set the tone for Albion’s 38-21 win over Adrian College when he returned an interception on the Bulldogs’ first drive for a touchdown.

As left tackle, Jesiel paved the way for Orr’s league-record season. Jesiel and Phillips anchored an offensive line that yielded the fewest sacks — three — in the league.

Copeland and Rodgers also ranked among the league leaders in sacks. Copeland wrapped up four solo and two assisted sacks for a total 37 yards, while Rodgers collected three solo and one assisted sacks.

Cruse was Albion’s big play threat on offense, often running routes vertically down the field. He hauled in 20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns in the six league games.

Wunderlich, who began his collegiate career as a receiver, caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in league play.

Former Cassopolis standout Paul Curtis was a first team selection as a wide receiver for Trine University.

All-MIAA First Team


QB – Eric Watt, Trine*** (senior from Kentland, Ind./South Newton HS)

RB – Clinton Orr, Albion* (sophomore from Buchanan/Buchanan HS)

RB – Kent Biller, Trine** (junior from Nappanee, Ind./NorthWood HS)

WR – Justin Hemm, Adrian* (sophomore from Piqua, Ohio/Piqua HS)

WR – Kyle Dietrich, Hope** (senior from Gobles/Gobles HS)

WR – Paul Curtis, Trine* (senior from Cassopolis/Ross Beatty HS)

TE – Tom Wyman, Trine* (senior from Lake Station/Remus Chippewa Hills HS)

OL – Spencer Whittington, Adrian* (junior from Paw Paw/Lawrence HS)

OL – Shane Jesiel, Albion* (sophomore from Sterling Heights/Henry Ford II HS)

OL – Josh Droppers, Hope** (junior from Kalamazoo/Portage Northern HS)

OL – Bryce Sims, Trine** (senior from Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City HS)

OL – Tyler Terry, Trine* (senior from Stroh, Ind./Prairie Heights HS)



DL – Austin Fritz, Adrian* (senior from Ayersville, Ohio/Ayersville HS)

DL – Jeremy Green, Albion* (senior from Chattanooga, Tenn./The McCallie School)

DL – Tony Galarno, Alma* (junior from Saginaw/Heritage HS)

DL – Nate Denton, Trine* (senior from Logansport, Ind./Pioneer HS)

LB – Danny Taylor, Adrian* (senior from Commerce Twp./White Lake Lakeland HS)

LB – Zach Jones, Hope** (senior from Three Rivers/Three Rivers HS)

LB – Brock Reinig, Trine* (junior from Leo, Ind./Leo HS)

LB – Jake Vance, Trine** (senior from Fenton/Lake Fenton HS)

DB – Chris Greenwood, Albion** (junior from Detroit/Martin Luther King HS)

DB – Kyle Warren, Hope** (senior from Grandville/Hudsonville Unity Chrisitan HS)

DB – Nick Glass, Olivet* (senior from Flint/Powers Catholic HS)

DB – Aaron Selking, Trine** (senior from Decatur, Ind./Adams Central HS)



K – Travis Braun, Kalamazoo* (sophomore from Huntington Woods/Berkley HS)

P – Mychal Galla, Albion* (senior from Muskegon/Muskgeon Catholic Central HS)

RS – Dimeko Price, Kalamazoo* (sophomore from Battle Creek/Lakeview HS)

* – Number of years All-MIAA First Team


All-MIAA Second Team


QB – Mike McGee, Adrian (senior from Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven HS)

RB – Jared Edwards, Adrian (junior from Bellbook, Ohio/Bellbrook HS)

RB – Dimeko Price, Kalamazoo (sophomore from Battle Creek/Lakeview HS)

WR – Andrew Schaar, Alma (senior from DeWitt/DeWitt HS)

WR – J.C. Cruse, Albion (junior from Detroit/Grosse Pointe South HS)

WR – Ja Vontae Hence, Trine (sophomore from Elkhart, Ind./Concord HS)

TE – Dave Wunderlich, Albion (junior from Troy/Troy HS)

OL – Nick Ross, Adrian (junior from Manchester/Manchester HS)

OL – Josh Phillips, Albion (sophomore from Commerce Township/Walled Lake Northern HS)

OL – Erick Helfmann, Kalamazoo (sophomore from Fowlerville/Fowlerville HS)

OL – Noah Kokoszka, Kalamazoo (senior from Brighton/Detroit Catholic Central HS)

OL – Kelly Badger, Trine (junior from Peru, Ind./Lewis Cass HS)



DL – Austin Rodgers, Albion (senior from Dexter/Chelsea HS)

DL – Neil Copeland, Albion (senior from Livonia/Franklin HS)

DL – Jordan Morse, Hope (senior from Sparta/Sparta HS)

DL – Chris Eichman, Trine (senior from Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll HS)

LB – Jarred Kwiatkowski, Adrian (senior from Warren/Cousino HS)

LB – Conrad Bovee, Alma (junior from Ithaca/Ithaca HS)

LB – Anthony Sabatella, Alma (senior from St. Clair Shores/Warren De La Salle HS)

LB – Mike Page, Kalamazoo (junior from Port Huron/Port Huron HS)

DB – Chris Cook, Adrian (junior from Hartford/Hartford HS)

DB – Scotty Cole, Alma (junior from Alma/Alma HS)

DB – Andrew Funsch, Alma (sophomore from West Branch/Ogemaw Heights HS)

DB – Aaron Shoemaker, Trine (junior from Onsted/Onsted HS)



K – Jeremy Howard, Trine (senior from Elkhart, Ind./Concord HS)

P – Aaron Thompson, Hope (freshman from Imlay City/Imlay City HS)

RS – Andrew Schaar, Alma (senior from DeWitt/DeWitt HS)