GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference released the 2017 football all-conference awards on Tuesday. Thirteen Lions found themselves on the respective lists. This season Mount St. Joseph had an overall record of 6-4, with a 5-3 conference record and third-place finish in the HCAC behind conference champion Franklin and Rose-Hulman. The Lions were very balanced this season, finishing third in the conference in both points per game offensively (40.1) and defensively (27.3).
Five Lions were named to the All-HCAC first team. Wide receiver Grayson Roberts (Cincinnati, OH/Reading) was the lone offensive representative on the first team. Roberts was The Mount's second-leading receiver with 31 receptions and a team-high 12 touchdowns. The Mount was also represented by two special teamers on the first team, Jerry Porter (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) and Troy Speakman (Grove City, OH/Central Crossing). Porter handled the majority of the kicking and punting duties for the Lions in 2017. He made 9 of 12 field goal attempts and 43 of 46 extra point attempts for 70 total points, which was good for first in the HCAC. Speakman was the top returner in the conference, as he returned 22 punts for 415 yards and NCAA Division III leading two touchdowns. Joining them on the first team from the defensive side of the ball were Nolan Miller (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) and Tyler Hannah (Cincinnati, OH/Summit Country Day). Miller ranked top five in the HCAC in both sacks (7) and tackles-for-loss (12.5), to go along with 38 tackles. Hannah finished tied for the conference lead in interceptions (5), despite missing the final two games of the season.
Another six players found themselves named to the All-HCAC second team. Headlined by quarterback Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, OH/Western Brown), who helped lead an offense that rewrote The Mount's record books. Tomlin was second in the HCAC in passing yards (3053) and passing touchdowns (40). He ended the season fourth in NCAA D-III in touchdown passes, 12th in passing yards, and fourth in points responsible for. Joining him on the second team from the offense was center Cole Tepe (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) and slot receiver AJ Glines (Harrison, OH/Harrison). Tepe was a stalwart in front of Tomlin this season. Glines led the Lions with 43 receptions, for 559 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, the Lions were represented by Tavon Robertson (Louisville, KY/ Ballard), Colby Webb (Huntington, WV/Spring Valley), and Nate Stone (Cincinnati, OH/Glen Este). Robertson spent time playing both safety and corner for the Lions and led the HCAC in passes defended (13). He also added three interceptions. Webb played in eight games, despite battling multiple injuries throughout the season. He finished third on the team with 53 tackles, seven TFL, a sack, a forced fumble, and an interception. Stone also finished with 53 tackles, three sacks, and three forced fumbles.
The Lions received three more honors as Dustin Applegate (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) and Brad Murphy (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) were named All-HCAC honorable mention, and Sean Sullivan (Covington, KY/Holmes) was named to the all-sportsmanship team.