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Tigers earn MSC awards

No Playoffs, but many Mid-South Honors

Submitted on November 16, 2018

Georgetown College football wrapped up the season receiving the tough news that the 7-3 Tigers, despite being ranked No. 19, would not make the 16-team playoffs. Two of GC’s losses come to teams inside the top five which will be hosting opening rounds this weekend and the third loss was to a team which finished ranked No. 18.

While the season is done, the postseason awards are just beginning. The Mid-South Conference announced that the 21-member football conference finished with 222 student-athletes sophomore or higher academically with at least a 3.25-grade point average.

The Tigers had 18 players earn MSC All-Academic honors. They were: Nathan Bader, Zachary Barber, Evan Brinson, Dylan Brock, Zachary Dampier, Tate Dowdy, Jacob Etler, Benjamin Jackson, Germell Jenkins, Hunter Krause, Robert McFarland, Jack Nguyen, Daric Pugh, Luke Sharrock, Hayden Shelton, Zachary Stump, Andrew Wilks, and Ryan Woolf.

Thursday morning the Mid-South Conference announced individual as well as team awards for each division.

The Bluegrass Division – comprised of seven teams – had 31 players earn first-team honors, while an additional 29 were named to the second team.

Four Tigers (7-3, 4-2 Bluegrass) made the first team: Andrew Wilks, Jack Sutkamp, Germell Jenkins and Nathan Bader. Five more picked up second-team honors: Josh Copley, Jake Etler, Shawn Gilliam, Ross Cox, and Ryan Woolf.

Wilks, Copley, and Etler are veterans of the offensive line. Wilks and Etler are picking up their second conference honors, while Copley is receiving his first. The trio was key in Georgetown being in the Top 30 for offensive scoring and passing.

Sutkamp and Woolf are linebackers, each receiving a conference honor for the first time in their careers.

Sutkamp was third on the team in total tackles with 55, he had 20 unassisted and 35 assisted. Nine of his tackles were for loss, pushing opponents back 39 yards. He had five sacks – second most on the team behind Ed Moore's six. He also recovered two fumbles and advanced them a total of seven yards.

Woolf was second in total tackles with 59 – 25 and 34. He had five tackles for loss, pushing teams back 7.3 yards. He finished with one and a half sacks, three pass breakups, recovered a fumble and forced two fumbles.

As the lone defensive back honored, Jenkins finished this season fourth in tackles with 54, six of which were for a loss of 11.7 yards. He had four interceptions, returned for a team-best 172 yards, with a team-high eight pass break-ups. It is his first MSC recognition.

For the second straight season, Bader earns all-conference honors. He was second team a year ago in his punter's role, moving up to first team All-MSC this season. He finished with 1,470 yards with a long of 57 and no blocks this season. His 38.7 yards per punt finished 22nd nationally. Bader finishes his GC career sixth all-time with 3,629 punting yards.

Gilliam, a tight end, finished with 229 yards off 13 catches for four touchdowns. His breakout game came against then No. 4 Lindsey Wilson College, where he had four catches for 67 yards and two scores. This is the first postseason accolade for the Ashland, Ky. native.

Cox is earning all-conference for the fourth straight year. His 30 catches netted 646 yards. He scored all four of his touchdowns against Kentucky Christian University, setting a new GC in-game record of touchdown receptions. He averaged 21.5 yards per catch with a long of 74 yards. Cox's 71.8 yards per game finished 39th nationally. His 1,694 yards in four seasons puts him fifth all-time in Georgetown. Cox had 102 catches, 10th best all-time. His 20 touchdowns tie him for fifth all-time.

-- Jenny Elder, Sports Information Director

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