Fresh off of winning the 2010 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) football championship, Greenville College swarmed the league’s postseason awards, claiming 10 of the 32 all-conference first team spots and all five of the UMAC’s individual awards. In his first season at the helm of the Panthers squad, head coach and 2010 UMAC Coach of the Year Ordell Walker led his team to a perfect 6-0 mark in league play and 15 all-conference accolades between the first and second teams.
Walker’s top running back in Anthony Ambers was named the UMAC’s Offensive Player of the Year, while Joel Deayon, a linebacker, was chosen as the league’s top defensive player. Ambers was the UMAC’s leading rusher, averaging 173.5 yards per game on the ground in six conference affairs. Averaging 12.0 points per game to earn the league’s individual scoring title, Ambers finished the season ranked second in the nation in yards per contest. Deayon had 30 tackles in the same six UMAC games, 14 of which were solo for an average of 5.0 per game. The senior had nine tackles for a loss and four sacks throughout the 2010 campaign.
Keeping with the black and orange theme, Greenville’s Luis Diaz (Santa Anna, CA) and David Butler (West Frankfort, IL) were honored with Special Teams Player and Lineman of the Year awards. Diaz, a five-time UMAC Player of the Week award winner, was easily the league’s top scoring kicker, averaging 8.3 points per game with his leg. The freshman, who both punted and kicked for the Panthers, finished fifth in the nation in field goals made.
Senior Tim Burroughs (Stanton, CA) and junior Andrew Story (Moreno Valley, CA) joined Butler on the UMAC All Confrence 1st team offensive line. Sophomore Jeremy Burrows (Salem, OR) received 2nd team honors. This offensive line was ranked first in the conference in scoring offense, rushing offense and total offense and eighth in all of NCAA Division III for rushing offense.
Junior tight ends Rendell Flood (Flora, IL) and Demontrez Simington (Atlanta, GA) were also named to the All-UMAC 2nd team.
Along with Diaz freshman kick returner Immanuel Gamble (St. Louis, MO) was 1st team All UMAC.
Joining Deayon on the 1st team All-UMAC team is junior safety Andy Lozano (Desert Hot Springs, CA), senior linebacker David Maurer (Greenville, IL) and senior corner back James Binder (Stockton, CA).
Sophomore linebacker Kiso Faletufuga (San Diego, CA)and junior safety John Smith (Aurora, IL) add to the defensive recognition receiving 2nd team honors.
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