Senior DB selected to Stars & Stripes roster of Division III all-stars
GRANBURY, Texas - Travis Wenrich (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser), a senior on the McDaniel football team, has been selected to the provisional 51-man roster of Team Stars & Stripes, released on Wednesday.
Bill Manlove, current assistant coach and former head coach at Delaware Valley, will guide the group of Division III all-stars against the Tec Monterrey All Stars in the 2009 Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) on Saturday, Dec. 19 on the Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico.
Wenrich, a defensive back, was named second team All-Centennial Conference (CC) in 2008 before being tabbed as an honorable mention in 2009. He ranked second on the team with 77 tackles, including a team-high 51 solo stops. He finished with three interceptions and a team-best eight pass breakups. He also had 4.0 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. His 7.7 tackle-per-game average ranked sixth in the conference. He had a pair of games where he reached double-digit tackles, including closing his career with a career-best 15 stops against Johns Hopkins.
He finished his Green Terror career with 211 career tackles, including 129 solo stops - a total which is fifth all-time. He had 12 interceptions and 28 pass breakups. Wenrich spent two years as the primary punt returner, averaging a program-best 11.92 yards per return, including a 76-yard return for a touchdown as a sophomore. He also averaged 18.0 yards per interception return. As the team's punter during his junior season, Wenrich averaged 33.85 yards on his 67 boots.
Team Stars & Stripes, which currently includes players from 35 colleges in 20 states, will practice a the Tec Monterrey (CEM) facility in Atizapan de Zaragoza near Mexico City from Dec. 14-18 and will also visit the Aztec Pyramids and the nation's capital before competing.
The roster will not be finalized until after Saturday's NCAA Division III quarterfinals when Manlove may add other players depending on their postseason status.
Wenrich is one of four CC players on the current roster, joining Franklin & Marshall defensive back Barry Lovett, Dickinson wide receiver Patrick O'Connor and Ursinus defensive tackle Mark Worrilow.
Tec Monterrey is the premier private university system in Mexico with campuses in numerous locations around the country. Tec teams have captured eight of the last 10 Liga Major football national championships.
Global Football Inc. is the organizer of the event.