Red Devils Place Seven on All-CC Football Team

Photos by Chris Knight
Photos by Chris Knight

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson football team earned seven spots on the 2018 All-Centennial Conference Team, announced on Tuesday. Senior John Minicozzi (Media, Pa./Episcopal Academy) and junior James Turner (Ridgefield, Conn./Suffield Academy) were named to the First-team on defense while sophomore running back Phillip Butler (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) and Cuba Birnbaum (Newton, Mass./Suffield Academy) were a Second-team selections.

Senior wide receiver Jake Walbert (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) received honorable mention on offense and sophomore linebacker Brian Snow (Media, Pa./Episcopal Academy) was honorable mention on the defensive side.

Senior Billy Burger (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) moved back under center to finish the season but started off the year as a wide receiver and punter. Burger garnered honorable mention on special teams and finished the season with some outstanding performances at quarterback to rank in the top 10 in a number of statistical categories.

Minicozzi and Turner worked well to anchor the Red Devil defense. Minicozzi made his presence on the field overwhelmingly recognized by opposing coaches and offenses. He makes his third appearance on the All-CC squad, earning honorable mention in both 2016 and 2017. Minicozzi ranked among the conference leaders with six sacks for minus 43 yards on the season and 13 tackles-for-losses, covering 63 yards. He finished with 34 tackles, including 16 solo stops, recording four solo tackles and three sacks in a big win at Juniata.

Turner had a great start to the season, breaking the single-game tackle record in the opener against Washington & Lee University. The junior linebacker tallied 23 stops against the Generals and followed up that performance with 16 tackles, including 11 solos at Muhlenberg. Turner finished with exactly 100 tackles on the season, raising his career mark to 298 to move up to fourth all-time in program history. He added three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He tallied a pick-six in the home finale and added another on the final play of the game to secure a 36-29 win over Moravian. He makes his second straight appearance on the All-CC Team, earning Second-team honors last season.

Butler was a Second-team running back, averaging over 70 yards per game to rank among the conference leaders. He scored four touchdowns and went over the century mark twice on the season, netting 88 yards in the season finale at Ursinus. He carried 25 times and averaged 6.1 yards per carry in an overtime thriller against Susquehanna.

Birnbaum makes his second straight appearance on the All-CC Team, earning honorable mention in 2017. He has been a cornerstone of the offensive line, earning a starting role in each of his first two seasons as a Red Devil. The Red Devils threw for over 1,500 yards on the season and averaged 145 yards rushing.

Walbert makes his first appearance on the All-CC squad. He was one of the most targeted receivers in the conference, making 47 catches to cover 518 yards on the season. He had season-highs of nine catches and 126 against Franklin & Marshall and turned in a great performance in the home finale with Moravian. Walbert had eight receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He caught a seven-yard toss from roommate Billy Burger with just 12 seconds remaining to lead the Red Devils to the win.

Walbert ranks third all-time at Dickinson with 108 career receptions and ranks seventh in receiving yards with 1,411.

Burger handled the punting duties for the first seven games and ranked second in the conference, averaging 38.6 yards per kick on 43 attempts. He boomed a career-long of 74 yards in the season opener and played a key role in the field position battle, dropping 11 inside the 20-yard line.

Burger returned under center to replace the injured Robert Geiss (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and had a strong finish to his career. Burger ranks second all-time with 399 career completions and in career passing yards as just the second player to throw for over 4,000, covering 4,084. Burger set a program single-game record in the win over Moravian, completing 33 passes. He was just one shy for attempts, throwing 58 times and ranked second for passing yards in a game, covering 325 on the day.

After battling injury for the better part of his rookie season, sophomore Brian Snow became a key contributor to the Red Devil defense this fall. Producing some of the biggest hits of the season, Snow averaged just under 10 tackles per outing, recording 78 on the year, including 46 solo stops. He added eight sacks and three tackles-for-loss to go with a forced fumble, fumble recovery and four pass break-ups. He recorded a season-high 11 tackles against Franklin & Marshall and started out the season with 10 in the opener with Washington & Lee.

The Red Devils were just shy of bowl contention, finishing 4-6 overall and 4-5 in the Centennial Conference. The Red Devils toppled Gettysburg 30-7 to keep possession of the Little Brown Bucket.

Complete 2018 All-Centennial Conference Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: David Tammaro, Johns Hopkins, Jr., QB

Defensive Player of the Year: Frankie Feaster, Muhlenberg, Jr., DE

Rookie of the Year: Robert Fletcher, Johns Hopkins, Fr., LB

Coach of the Year: Nate Milne, Muhlenberg