Thompson and Annee named offensive and special players of the year
Thirteen members of the 2021 Wabash College football team received All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors on Thursday, as determined by conference coaches. second-year quarterback Liam thompson was named conference offensive player of the year, while senior punter Joey Anne repeated as the league’s special teams player of the year. Both players also received All-NCAC first-team selections.
First-team All-NCAC winners included Thompson, Annee, wide receiver Cooper Sullivan, to recover Donovan Snyder, and offensive linemen Joe mullin and Dane smith. Offensive lineman colleague Thomas bolen received All-NCAC second team honors, as did the close wing Jackson clayborne and defensive linemen Seth buresh and David Marais. Offensive lineman Brandon English with linebacker Josh myers and defensive back net of will have all been named to the NCAC Honorable Mention Honorary Team.
Thompson was named Mike Gregory’s Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the seventh Wabash player to earn the honor. The award is presented by Mr. Richard Gregory of Columbus, Ohio, in honor of his father who distinguished himself in several sports at Denison in the 1920s. Thompson won the award after finishing in the top 20 among all Division III quarterbacks for touchdowns and passing yards. He placed 18th in the country with 28 passing touchdowns. Thompson threw for 2,956 yards, 12th among DIII quarterbacks, averaging 295.6 yards per game. He also ran for nine touchdowns, the second most in the conference. Thompson has totaled 226 points this season to rank fifth in the country in points responsible. His 2,956 passing yards were the fourth highest in Wabash history in a single season, while his 28 touchdown passes were tied for seventh in a season by a Wabash quarterback. Thompson was named to the All-NCAC First Team after winning All-NCAC Second Team honors as a freshman in 2019. He also won the 2019 NCAC Newcomer of the Year award.
Annee is the first player to win back-to-back Conference Special Teams Player of the Year awards since the honor was created in 2016. He’s also the only one on two occasions. Annee, a D3football.com All-America First Team Selection, led the NCAC and was third in the country in punt averaging 42.2 yards per game. His punt average broke Wabash’s single-season record of 41.29 yards per punt set by Cameron Sobleski in 2013. Annee kicked a pair of punters for 73 yards this season against Rose-Hulman. and Denison for placing in the 15 longest punters by a DIII player this year. Ten of Annee’s punts have traveled 50 yards or more this season. He’s kicked 40 times and pinned his opponents inside the 20-yard line 14 times. He was twice selected to the All-NCAC First Team after also winning top honors as a punter in 2019.
Sullivan joined Thompson and Annee as a member of the 2021 All-NCAC first team. The second-year running back was second in the conference in receiving yards (850), receptions per game (5.7) and tied for seventh for touchdown receptions (7). He led Wabash with 57 catches for 850 yards for an average of 14.91 yards per reception. Sullivan won the NCAC Second Team All-Star honors in his debut season in 2019.
Snyder, a sophomore running back, also earned a spot on the 2021 All-NCAC first team. Snyder led the conference and was 28th nationally with 1,023 rushing yards for the season. He became the 16th player in Wabash football history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a single season. Snyder carried the ball 210 times for an average of 4.87 yards per attempt, the fourth best in the conference. His eight touchdowns on the ground place him fifth among players in the conference.
Mullin, a junior center, and Smith, a senior tackle, both received first-team All-NCAC recognition in a Wabash offense that produced a record 484.9 yards of attack per game. Bolen, a senior offensive guard and second-team All-NCAC winner, and English, a junior offensive tackle and honorable All-NCAC selection, helped the 2021 offensive break Wabash’s old record in one. single season 462.9 yards per game set in 2001 and also ranked 14th among Division III teams. The Little Giants averaged 295.6 passing yards per game, the most among conference teams and the 17th best in the country. Wabash averaged 189.3 rushing yards per game to finish second among conference teams in this category. Smith was also a 2019 All-NCAC First Team Pick. Mullin, Bolen and English received All-NCAC accolades for the first time in their careers.
Clayborne, a senior tight end, won All-NCAC honors for the first time in his career after posting a career-high 28 catches for 325 yards and seven touchdowns. His seven touchdown catches are tied for seventh among players in the conference and tied with Sullivan for the team lead in 2021. He ends his career with 32 receptions for 346 yards and eight touchdowns.
Senior defensive linemen Buresh and Marsh received All-NCAC honors for the first time in their careers. Marsh is tied for second in total tackles among Wabash players at 56 this season. He recorded 22 solo tackles and assisted on 34 saves. Marsh had six tackles for 21 yards and sacked 4-1 / 2 for 17 yards. He also blocked a field goal attempt in 2021.
Buresh led Wabash with 10-1 / 2 tackles for a loss of 39 yards and eight sacks for 37 yards. His eight sacks were third among NCAC defensive players while his 10-1 / 2 tackles for a loss were the top eight in the conference. Buresh recorded 44 total tackles in 2021 with 28 solo saves and 16 assists. He finished his career with 18-1 / 2 sacks for 123 yards to place 14th all-time for total sacks.
Myers won All-NCAC honors for the first time in his career after leading the Little Giants with 64 tackles. The senior linebacker made 29 solo tackles and assisted on 35 saves. He recorded 2-1 / 2 tackles for a total of three lost yards and intercepted a pass with a 12-yard return. Myers also picked up a pair of kicks as a member of the Little Giants’ special teams unit, including a back kick from DePauw in the 127th Monon Bell Classic that saw Wabash miss the time and clinch a 42-35 victory. He also recorded a career-high 12 tackles against DePauw.
Netting, a second-year transfer to the Wabash program, earned an honorable mention in his first season as a defensive back for the Little Giants. He was tied for second in tackles with 56 making 38 solo tackles and assisting on 18 saves. He intercepted one pass and broke three more for safety. Netting also picked up a tackle for a one yard loss.
Wabash finished 7-3 overall with a score of 6-3 against the NCAC teams.