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.
To see the complete list of the 2010 UMAC All Conference Team click here
Senior running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) and Freshman returner Immanuel Gamble (St. Louis, MO) received UMAC Player of the Week Awards for their performances in the Panthers 62-27 win over Eureka College.
Ambers saved his best performance for last, as he ran wild against Eureka College, claiming another Upper Midwest Athletic Conference offensive player of the week award, his third of the season.
Ambers, in what was Greenville’s senior day, rushed for a season high 385 yards on 30 attempts, averaging 12.8 yards per carry. Ambers longest rush of the day was a 67-yard scamper that helped him tally four rushing touchdowns Saturday, in a 62-27 win over the Devils of Eureka.
Gamble made his presence felt as a kick return specialist Saturday, Nov. 6, and was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference special teams player of the week for his efforts.
Gamble started Saturday's game against Eureka with a bang, returning the opening kick-off 79 yards for a touchdown. The freshman collected 133 return yards on four return attempts on the day.
The Panthers finished the season 7-3 (6-0 UMAC)and won their second consecutive UMAC Championship. The All UMAC awards will be announced later this week.
The following article was published in The Daytona Beach News-Journal and was written by Jordan Kahn.
Nineteen-year-old Doug Wilmot from South Daytona is a safety at Greenville College in Illinois, and he has faced one of the biggest fears every athlete confronts in football's bone-crunching war of inches.
"As soon as it happened, I knew exactly what had happened," Wilmot said. "I tried going back on the field, but my trainer wouldn't let me.
"I was crushed. I had this thought going through my head that I would never step on the field again and that I wouldn't be a part of any of this again."
In the first game of the 2010 season, Wilmot tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee. The reason he knew what happened the instant it occurred is that the year before, in the third game of the season, he sustained the same injury to the same knee.
Despite all that, Panthers defensive backs coach, T.J. Gaylord, said, "We can only take so many players when we travel, but he's a guy I have to have just because of what he does for the team on the sideline and in the locker room."
It's certainly unusual when a player's worth as a teammate remains such an asset, despite two season-ending knee injuries in a row, two operations on the same knee in one calendar year.
Wilmot's support helped Greenville (7-3) finish the regular season with a six-game win streak.
"We've seen guys get injured and they vanish," Gaylord said. "Doug's a guy who's been at every meeting, every practice, every film session."
Wilmot only wishes he could add every snap to that list.
If it was a matter of playing through pain, he'd do it.
As a linebacker at Spruce Creek High School, he broke several fingers during a game, taped them up and got back on the field.
He grew up little-brother tough, thanks to the roughhousing of his brother, Andrew, who is two years older.
"We were always testing each other, seeing who's better at everything, wrestling and playing around," Wilmot said. "There was one time he threw me through the closet door because I beat him in a video game."
Wilmot remembers that as just good fun. And it's not just positive support for his teammates, competitive spirit and a love for physical contact that Wilmot has going for him.
When Wilmot arrived in camp at Greenville, he was the fourth-string safety, but that didn't last.
"All through camp, I worked hard and tried my best and eventually it came around to being the first game and they put me in as the starter," he said.
Before re-injuring his knee in his comeback season this year, he started off as second string, but again won the starting role.
"Doug is not a guy that you look at without pads and say, 'Man, this guy looks like a player!' " defensive coordinator Jake Schenk said. "But once everyone is padded up, Doug is one of our best playmakers. He just has a knack for making plays and is a very intelligent football player."
Wilmot is still a redshirt freshman this year. He missed most of his first year of school after coming home for knee surgery. And he says he wants to play again.
"Greenville College football," Wilmot said, before pausing, "to me, it means everything."
The 2010 senior class played in their final regular season game Saturday afternoon and finished with a scoring explosion. The Greenville College Panthers (7-3, 6-0 UMAC) scored eight touchdowns and kicked two field goals to record a season high 62 points. Greenville defeated the Eureka College Red Devils (1-8, 1-5 UMAC) 62-27. This was the Panthers sixth consecutive win and tenth straight UMAC win going back to 2009.
Senior running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) saved his best game for last rushing for 385 yards on 30 attempts and scoring 4 touchdowns. Quarterback Brendan Chambers (San Clemente, CA) played one half and went 7 for 10 with two touchdown passes and 185 yards. Junior tight ends Demontrez Simington (Atlanta, GA) and Rendell Flood (Flora, IL) were the recipients of Chambers touchdown passes.
The Panther defense was led by senior linebackers Joel Deayon (Los Angeles, CA) and Bryce Stevens (Bakersfield, CA) who led the team with 7 and 6 tackles respectively. Senior David Maurer (Greenville, IL) had the Panthers only interception of the day in the first quarter.
Eureka was down early and had to rely on their passing attack to close the deficit. Quarterback Sam Durley threw for 358 yards. The UMAC leading receiver Wes Schmidgall had a big day pulling down six receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers freshman kicker Luis Diaz was 2 for 3 on the day striking on a 31 and 35 yard attempts.
The UMAC Champion Panthers are still in the running for both the NCAA playoffs and the NCAAA Victory Bowl.
The Greenville College Football senior class will be recognized this Saturday before the Panthers' final regular season game against the Eureka College Red Devils. The Panthers (6-3, 5-0 UMAC) look to end their championship season on a high note and stay undefeated in conference play.
The Red Devils (1-7, 1-4) would love nothing more than to beat the UMAC champions on Saturday. With a win Greenville's post season chances are still alive although they will need help from a multitude of teams. A loss will assure the Panthers season would end Saturday.
With a win, this senior class will clinch the one of the best four year runs by any Panther football team. The senior class includes Ketrone Blanks (Saint Robert, Mo.), Joel Lira (Lubbock, Texas), Jordan Fred (Corvallis, Ore.), James Binder (Stockton, Calif.), Joel Deayon (Los Angeles, Calif.), Bryce Stevens (Bakersfield, Calif.), Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, Calif.), Mark Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.), Reuben Gay (Indianapolis, Ind.), Reid Ackerman (Newton, Ill.), Jumaane Bey (Victorville, Calif.), David Maurer (Greenville, Ill.), David Butler (West Frankfort, Ill.), Tim Burroughs (Stanton, Calif.), Steven Schultz (Sacramento, Calif.), and Ray Toliver (Carbondale, Ill.).
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. You can watch the game HERE or listen on WGRN 89.5 FM.
Freshman running back Tahir Williams (Sacramento, CA) has been named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Dome on Friday, Oct 29.
Williams was explosive for the Panthers during the 2010 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Dome Day. In only 7 carries Williams rushed for 192 yards in a 51-20 win over Crown College. Williams scored a game high four touchdowns including a 81 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Williams was part of a Grenville offense that totaled 534 rushing yards on the day.
This is Williams first UMAC award of the season.
The Starting Offensvie line for the Greenville College Panthers was spotlighted on D3Football.com for their Dome Day performance. In their weekly "Statistical Spotlight" article the good people at D3Football.com pointed out to their national audience the mind blowing numbers the Panther offense put on against Crown College.
"The Greenville offensive line (with starters David Butler (West Frankfort, IL) , Andrew Story (Moreno Valley, CA) , Tim Burroughs (Stanton, CA), Steven Schultz (Sacramento, CA), and Jeremy Burrows (Salem, OR)) blocked for six running backs who had carries of more than 20 yards, including runs of 64, 65 and 81 yards in a 51-20 win against Crown. Greenville ran for 534 yards on 46 carries, an 11.6-yard average." -D3Football.com
You can watch these Panthers in their final home game of the year on Saturday November 6th at 1PM CST.