Emory & Henry placed eight players on the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football team, including Caleb Jennings, a two-time All-American running back, who was selected to the All-ODAC First Team Offense.
Jennings, a senior, suffered a significant ankle injury in the sixth game, which resulted in his missing all or part of four contests. Nevertheless, he averaged 127 rushing yards per game and scored 10 touchdowns on the year.
A native of Richlands, Va., Jennings finishes his E&H career first in all-purpose yardage with 6,142 yards, breaking the 59-year-old record set by Bob Miller. Jennings finishes first in career punt return yardage, and his 3,705 career rushing yards places him third in the E&H record book.
Junior defensive back Daniel Woods was selected for the All-ODAC First Team Defense. Woods, from Bristol, Va., finished the season with four interceptions and one fumble recovery. He was fifth for the Wasps in tackles, finishing with 46 total tackles. His two-interception performance against UVA-Wise earned him ODAC Player of the Week honors.
Matt Turchin, a sophomore kicker from Salisbury, N.C .was selected to the All-ODAC Second Team Offense. Turchin led the ODAC in FG percentage, hitting 10 of 14 for 71 percent. He finishes the season in first place in the E&H record books for made field goals in a season. Turchin also connected on 24 of 25 point-after attempts and finishes the season with 54 points, which places him second in scoring for Emory & Henry on the season.
Senior offensive lineman Eric Tilson was picked for the All-ODAC Second Team Offense. Tilson and the offensive line helped Wasps running backs average 4.7 yards per carry for the season, which places E&H offense second in the ODAC. Tilson, from Greenville, Tenn., is a co-captain and a Dean’s List student who will graduate in December.
Junior defensive end Daniel Preston, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., made the All-ODAC Second Team Defense. Preston led the E&H defense with 34 solo tackles, 72 total tackles and 4 sacks. He is the current president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Punter TJ Frazier also was selected to the All-ODAC Second Team Defense. The junior from Roanoke, Va. averaged 40.1 yards per punt and his longest of the season was 63 yards. Frazier finished the season second in the ODAC in yards per punt.
Senior safety Rakeem Rutherford and junior quarterback Dustin Beck were both selected to the All-ODAC Honorable Mention team. Rutherford, a co-captain from Morganton, N.C., was fourth for the Wasps with 58 total tackles and led the team in solo tackles with 40. A fiery leader, Rutherford, also had one interception on the season.
Beck, from Connellys Spring, NC, completed 62 percent of his passes on the season and averaged 175 passing yards per game. In his first year as a starter, he also averaged 24 yards per game rushing, which placed him second on the team. Beck was first for the Wasps in total offense, accounting for 199 yards per game.