Four MC football players honored

Marietta College placed four players on the 2018 All-North Region Team announced Tuesday morning.

The four all-region honorees are the most for the Pioneers since earning five selections in 2006.

Seniors Caleb Riggleman and Brendan Mulholland earned first team honors. Junior Tanner Clark was second team and sophomore Patrick Taylor was named third team.

“Having three-fifths of the offensive line honored is pretty special,” Marietta offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Alan Estep said. “The entire unit, including Payton Henderson and Michael Sturgill, has had great success blocking for guys like Roger Walker, Tanner Clark and Darrien Fields. It’s nice for this group to get recognized for their role in the successes of our skill position players.”

A second team selection last year, Riggleman anchored the Pioneer offensive line from his left tackle position. For the season the three-time first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference performer recorded 124 knockdown blocks.

Mulholland, a two-time All-OAC pick, is a first-time all-region selection. He started all 10 games at center this fall and recorded 87 knockdowns while allowing just one sack.

Clark is a first-time all-region selection after leading the OAC and ranking in the Top-10 nationally in rushing (144.6 ypg), rushing touchdowns (19), rushing attempts (240), total rushing yards (1446), total touchdowns (23), points per game (14.2 ppg), all-purpose yards (217.5 ypg), total all-purpose yards (2175), kickoff returns (33.9 ypr) and kickoff returns touchdowns (2).

“Tanner is probably the hardest working player that I have coached,” Estep said. “His patience playing behind Roger for two years paid off this season. Tanner’s progression should be a lesson for younger players. His great work ethic and attitude allowed him to go from limited playing time his first two seasons to being an all-region player this year.”

The only non-senior starter on the offensive line, Taylor is a first-time all-region honoree. Marietta’s left guard started all 10 games and recorded 88 knockdowns this fall.

Marietta started the season with six straight wins for the first time since 1920. The Pioneers finished 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the OAC for their best season since going 7-3 in 1996.