Five earn All-CC football honors

Sam Cox, Jake Nichols, Joe Rollins, Woody Butler, Mike Cousar  2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Sam Cox, Jake Nichols, Joe Rollins, Woody Butler, Mike Cousar 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Cox, Nichols, Rollins named to first team

LANCASTER, Pa. – Five members of the McDaniel football team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) team, released on Tuesday.

Sam Cox (Towson, Md./Towson), Jake Nichols (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) and Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) were named to the first team while Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) and Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) earned second-team honors.

Cox, a senior defensive lineman, earned his second straight first-team honor after being named an honorable mention in 2009. In 2011, he finished fourth on the team with 51 tackles, including a team high-tying 14.0 for loss. He also paced the squad and CC with 9.0 sacks and five forced fumbles while breaking up three passes and recovering two fumbles. His tackles-for-loss total ranked second in the conference.

Nichols, a senior punter, earned the first-team nod after being named to the second team last season. He finished fifth in the league, averaging 36.6 yards per kick on 64 punts. He had five punts of 50 yards or longer, including a 61-yarder against Gettysburg. Nichols forced nine fair catches against just eight touchbacks. He also dropped 28 punts inside the 20.

Rollins, a sophomore running back, was a unanimous first-team selection after leading the team and conference with 1,401 yards rushing. His 140.1 yards per game on the ground was nearly 33 yards a game better than any other back in the league. He carried the ball a CC-high 254 times and found the end zone 11 times on the ground. He had seven 100-yard rushing games, including a program record-tying 311 against Moravian on Sept. 10. Rollins also caught 12 passes out of the backfield for 63 yards and returned 11 kickoffs for 280 yards, including a program-record 90-yarder in the opener against Catholic. Rollins finished the season with a CC-best 1,744 all-purpose yards.

Butler, a senior tight end, earned his first all-conference nod. He caught 27 passes for 498 yards – both of which ranked second on the team. He also had three touchdown grabs. His big game came on Sept. 17 at Muhlenberg, where he caught six passes for a career-high 130 yards.

Cousar, a sophomore outside linebacker, finished second on the team with 70 tackles. Starting all 10 games – his first collegiate starts – he had six or more stops in eight of the 10 games. Cousar added 3.0 sacks, two pass breakups and a 54-yard fumble return.

The Green Terror finished the season with a record of 2-8 (2-7 CC).