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Eleven Colonels Named to All-Time CAC/SCAC Football Team

Eleven Colonels Named to All-Time CAC/SCAC Football Team

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (CentreColonels.com) – To celebrate 55 years of College Athletic Conference/Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football, the league office recently released the all-time CAC/SCAC Football Team and 11 Centre football players were represented on the list.

Selected by the conference office by using criteria such as the number of times a player was recognized as All-Conference and/or All-American as well as career statistics and team success, the elite team is made up of 63 former student-athletes who played across all six decades of the league's existence. 

On the offensive side of the ball, the team is made up of four quarterbacks, six running backs, eight receivers, 10 offensive linemen, two placekickers and two kick returners. Defensively, the squad is made up of 10 defensive linemen, eight linebackers, nine defensive backs, two punters and two punt returners. 

Of the 18 institutions who played under the CAC/SCAC umbrella, 10 have at least one representative on the team. Centre ranks second among the members with 11 players, trailing just Trinity University which tallied 20 honorees to go with its league-high 16 conference titles.
Millsaps followed with eight honorees, while Rhodes and Sewanee had seven former student-athletes each named to the team.

Rounding out the list, DePauw had five selections to the team, Rose-Hulman had two and Earlham, Texas Lutheran and Washington (Mo.) each had one honoree.

Centre captured a total of CAC titles in 1968, '69, '71, '72, '80, '83, '84, '85, '89 and '90 along with a pair of SCAC championships in 1995 and 2003.   

Representing the Colonels on the all-time team were running back
Tim McDaniel '92, offensive linemen Jeff Leonard '87 and Ben Hume '12, defensive linemen Anthony Olinger '72 and John Gohmann '89, linebacker Ray Hundley '85, defensive backs Teel Bruner '86, Clay Curry '98 and John Ortega '04, punter Jordan Gay '13 and punt returner Brian Britt '01.

Centre competed in the CAC from 1962-1990 and the SCAC from 1991-2011 before moving to the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) for the 2012 campaign with fellow former SCAC members Birmingham Southern, Millsaps, Rhodes and Sewanee.
 

Centre's All-Time CAC/SCAC Football Team Representatives

Tim McDaniel (1988-1991) - A two-time CAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year and three-time All-CAC selection, McDaniel finished in the top ten in the nation in rushing and scoring in 1990. At graduation, McDaniel held fifteen school records and remains both Centre's and the SCAC's all-time leading rusher with 3,897 yards. His 54 touchdowns are second all-time in SCAC history.

Jeff Leonard (1983-1986) - Leonard was a three-time All-CAC offensive lineman and was named to both the Kodak and Pizza Hut All-American teams in 1986. Three of his four years at Centre, the Colonels led the conference in both rushing yardage and total offense as he started in 34 straight games. Centre won three conference championships and only lost three conference games during his four years.

Ben Hume (2008-2011) -
A three-time First Team All-SCAC tackle, Hume, as a senior, helped lead Centre to its best season in years as the 2011 Colonels went 9-2, led the SCAC in scoring offense, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs - the only appearance for the program in the SCAC era. That season, Hume was recognized as an All-American by the AFCA, Associated Press and D3football.com.

Anthony Olinger (1968-1971) - Olinger earned All-CAC honors at both defensive line (1969 and 1970) and linebacker (1971) for the Colonels and was an Associated Press Little All-America selection in 1971.

John Gohmann (1986-1988) -
A three-time All-CAC defensive nose guard, Gohmann was named the CAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1988 when he was also recognized as a Kodak First-Team All-American, an AP Little All-American Third Team selection and a Pizza Hut All-American. He still holds the Centre College single-game record with 19 solo tackles in a game and he had 60 tackles for loss in his 3-year career.

Ray Hundley (1981-1984) -
Hundley, a three-time All-CAC linebacker, led the team in tackles for four straight years and was the team's defensive MVP in 1982, 1983 and 1984. He earned All-America honors as a senior and was part of CAC championship squads in 1983 and 1984.
 
Teel Bruner (1982-1985) - Bruner was a three-time All-CAC honoree and an All-American selection in 1984 (AFCA ad Associated Press) and 1985 (AFCA). He tied an NCAA Division III single-game record with five interceptions in a 1984 game against Rose-Hulman. He had a single-season league record 11 interceptions in 1985 and finished his career with 20 interceptions (tied for second in conference history).
 
Clay Curry (1994-1997) - The 1997 SCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year, Curry is one of just two defensive backs to earn Defensive POTY honors. He was a three-time All-SCAC First Team selection for the Colonels, and ended his career with 316 tackles.
 
John Ortega (2000-2003) - Ortega was a three-time all-conference performer in football and is the only player in SCAC history to have two seasons with more than 75 solo tackles. He also ranks among the top 10 punt returners in SCAC history, averaging over 11 yards per return for his career. Ortega was a D3football.com All-American in 2001 and 2003.
 
Jordan Gay (2010-2011) - Gay was a two-time First Team All-SCAC punter and the 2011 SCAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Year. He earned SCAC Newcomer-of-the-Years in 2010 when he led the SCAC in punting in 2010 at 43.1 yards per punt (second-highest average in league history). Centre ranked second in Division III in net punting that season. In 2011, he averaged a league-high 42.6 yards per punt - good for seventh in the nation. After graduation, Gay signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent and served as the Buffalo Bills' primary kicker at the start of the 2015 season.
 
Brian Britt (1998-2001) - A three-time SCAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Year and an AFCA all-American in 2001, Britt still holds four Centre season records for punt and kickoff returns. His three punt returns for touchdowns in a season still stands as a SCAC record. Britt was also an outstanding defensive back, earning First-Team All-SCAC honors as a senior when he led the conference, and was second in the nation, with nine interceptions. He also recorded 24 passes defended that season—still a conference record.