BETHANY - Twelve Bethany College football players earned their way onto All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) teams that were announced Monday following voting by the league coaches.
Earning First Team All-PAC distinction was junior quarterback Matt Grimard, Second Team laurels went to senior offensive lineman Doug Murray (Oak Glen), senior wide receiver Ed Holmes, sophomore defensive back Wyssmy Despagne, sophomore punter Stephen Amic and senior returner Jeff Joyce.
Rounding out the teams were seven players on the Honorable Mention list. They included senior offensive linemen Nick Gore and Bryan Benzinger, senior wide receiver Johnathan Foster, freshman wide receiver Eric Blinn, senior defensive lineman Blake DeBord, senior linebacker Kyle Arrington and Joyce again as a defensive back.
This is the second time Grimard has earned All-PAC attention and initial First Team recognition. He led the PAC and set new Bethany single-season records in passing (2,605) and total (3,127) yards, completion percentage (62.1) and passing touchdowns (23). Grimard also set new Bethany single-season marks in completions (226) and attempts (364) and on the ground, he rushed for 522 yards and 10 touchdowns, the fifth-most TDs in the league.
With still a season left, Grimard has placed his name atop many statistical categories in the program's records books. This season, he broke Bethany career records for total offense with 8,184 yards, as well as passing yards (6,363), completions (523) and completion percentage (60.1). Grimard will enter his final season in Green White ranked second in TD passes (51), as well as second in rushing touchdowns (26) and seventh in rushing yards (1,821).
Murray, the Bison starter at left guard, makes his second appearance on All-PAC after he was a Second Team choice last season. He was joined by left tackle Benzinger and right tackle Gore on the All-PAC teams, the duos' first all-conference award. Together, the three linemen helped Bethany set new single-season records for scoring with 301 points and passing yards with 2,605.
In addition to those records, the Bison ranked second in the league in total offense (391.1), third down conversions (40.8) and red-zone conversion (78.6).
A psychology major, Doug is the son of Scott and Joan Murray of New Cumberland.