LHU Football: Seven Bald Eagles land on All-PSAC Football Team
FROM STAFF REPORTS
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Jalen Jackson (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport), Obadiah Asare (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) and Nysir Minney-Gratz (Easton, Pa./Easton) all earned a spot on the 2018 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division First Team and headlined a total of seven Lock Haven University football players who earned All-Conference honors.
Jackson, just a sophomore, was named to the First Team East Offense at tight end and fellow sophomore-classmate Asare earned First Team honors on defense as a linebacker. For the second time in his career Minney-Gratz was named to the All-Conference Team as a return specialist. Minney-Gratz earned First Team honors after a Second Team nod back in 2016.
Sophomore running back Chantz Swart (Mifflintown, Pa./Juniata H.S.), redshirt-junior offensive lineman David Staton (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional), sophomore wide receiver Bryan Greene (Milesburg, Pa./Bald Eagle) and redshirt-sophomore defensive back Dontae Mason (Philadelphia/Bishop McDevitt) all earned spots on the PSAC East Second Team at their respective positions.
For fourth-year head coach Dave Taynor, the seven All-Conference players match the seven honored in 2016, which was the most for LHU since 2001.
Jackson, the premier tight end in the PSAC, led all players at the position in the PSAC with seven receiving touchdowns. He hauled in 44 catches for 537 yards. Jackson averaged 48.8 receiving yards per game. His seven TDs ranked seventh overall in the PSAC among all players and he capped the season with a three-touchdown game in the thrilling win over Gannon in the season-finale on the road.
Asare finished the season with 100 tackles, which included a PSAC-best 64 solo stops. He finished the 2018 regular season with 19.5 tackles-for-loss which established a new record for TFLs in a single-season. The sophomore now has 22.5 tackles-for-loss in just two seasons, which ranks him in a tie for ninth all-time in school history.
Jackson and Asare were absolute game changers for the Bald Eagles on their respective sides of the ball all season long.
Minney-Gratz (RS/WR) hauled two TD-catches as a wide receiver, but he made his biggest mark this past season on returns. In LHU’s lone PSAC East win of the season at East Stroudsburg, he returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown, sparking Lock Haven to victory. Minney-Gratz racked up 242 yards on punt returns and 400 on kick returns. On the season, he had 941 all-purpose yards.
Swartz (RB) carried the ball 126 times for 759 yards. He averaged 69 rushing yards per game and scored five rushing TDs on the season. Swartz also had four touchdown catches and led the Bald Eagles in scoring with 48 points.
Staton (OL) was the Bald Eagles’ anchor on the o-line, and his exceptional blocking and leadership led the way for Swartz and Jackson’s offensive highlights. This honor highlights a solid career for Station who played in all 33 games of his career to date.
Greene (WR) did it all for Lock Haven. The hard-nosed wide receiver hauled in 41 catches for 578 yards and three TDs. He also added another speedy-threat to the run game and provided outstanding downfield-blocking.
Mason (DB) made his presence felt on all year and finished with five interceptions, five pass breakups and 89 total tackles. He also had a forced fumble and a sack as he did it all for Lock Haven.