Football Team Celebrates 2015 Season at Team Banquet

Assistant Coach Steve Opgenorth, Tyler Moeglin, Tyler Burdorff, Issac Reed III and Assistant Coach Jeff Moulden '99
Assistant Coach Steve Opgenorth, Tyler Moeglin, Tyler Burdorff, Issac Reed III and Assistant Coach Jeff Moulden '99

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BEREA, Ohio --  There were many, many smiling faces among the 500 people who attended the 2015 Baldwin Wallace University football team banquet at Strosacker Hall on the Berea-based campus on January 24, 2016.  And they should be smiling, the Yellow Jackets had another strong season on the gridiron with numerous student-athletes receiving honors.

BW produced a 7-3 overall record, including a 6-2 mark in the rugged Ohio Athletic Conference and tied for second place in the OAC.

In terms of the highest honors, senior All-OAC quarterback/utility player Tyler Moeglin (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) was the Coach Robert Packard Most Valuable Offensive Player and senior middle linebacker Academic All-OAC Tyler Burdorff (Painesville/Riverside) was the Ray Watts Defensive Player of the Year.

In terms of position awards, senior All-OAC running back Issac Reed III (Lehigh Acres, Fla./ Lehigh) was the Coach Robert Packard Most Outstanding Offensive Back for the second straight year; senior All-OAC guard Nolan Brandt (Olmsted Falls) and senior center Anthony Lautanen (Mentor) were the Co-Dick VanAlmen Most Outstanding Offensive Linemen; junior wide receiver Bryon Cook (Tallmadge) was the Most Outstanding Receiver; junior All-OAC defensive end Andy Schultz (North Royalton) was the Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman; sophomore outside linebackers Sean Nischwitz (Clinton/Green) and Sam Groff (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) were the Co-Most Outstanding Linebackers; and junior safety Brock Hull (Youngstown/Boardman) was the Most Outstanding Defensive Back.

In terms of special awards, the Tressel Family Academic Award went to senior LB/safety Austin Stephan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) for the second straight year; the Roy Seitz Yellow Jacket Team Contribution Award was given to both senior offensive tackle Josh Lane (Rootstown) and senior two-time Academic All-OAC defensive end Lawrence Wolfe (Creston/Norwayne); and the Eloise Tressel J-A-C-K-E-T Award was given to junior WR Mike Waggoner (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls).

Fifteen Yellow Jacket seniors leave the program via graduation. The group compiled a 25-15 record with a .625 winning percentage and had three winning and one .500 season.