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Davidson College athletes earn postseason honors

Davidson wide receiver William Morris continued to rack up postseason honors, being named to the Beyond Sports Network’s Football Championship Subdivision All-America fourth team.

Morris, a junior, set a Wildcats single-season record with 1,224 receiving yards on 98 receptions. That not only led the Pioneer Football League, but ranked among the top 10 in the nation in both receiving yards and catches.

Morris can become Davidson’s all-time leader in receiving yards next season, entering his senior year needing just 344 yards to match the record.

Morris, who was named to the PFL’s all-conference first team this season, is the second Wildcats player to be named to the BSN All-American team. Wide receiver Lanny Funsten was named to the first team after his junior season in 2011.

Keil earns PFL award

Davidson running back Jeffrey Keil capped an outstanding freshman season with the Wildcats by winning the Pioneer Football League’s freshman offensive player of the year award.

Keil set a school record for a freshman by rushing for 725 yards, and tied the Wildcats’ freshman record for rushing touchdowns with eight. It was also the best season by a Davidson back since 2006, when Jonathon Hubbard ran for 769 yards and 13 TDs.

Keil, who began the season third on the depth chart, had his best game Oct. 25 against Stetson, a 33-carry, 215-yard effort. He was one of five freshmen to rush for 200 or more yards in an FCS game this season, and the sixth in Davidson history.

Keil became the second player in Wildcats history to earn the PFL freshman offensive player of the year award. The first was quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff, who won the award in 2010.

Four named to all-academic team

Four Davidson football players – Morris, defensive backs Bryant Bednarek and Colin Merrill, and offensive lineman Josh Daryoush – have been named to the Pioneer Football League’s all-academic first team.

Bednarek and Merrill, both seniors, were named to the All-PFL academic team for the second straight year, while Morris and Daryoush, both juniors, were named for the first time.

To be eligible for All-PFL academic team consideration, candidates must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3, and have reached their second season both academically and in athletic eligibility.

Two honored by NSCAA

Davidson men’s soccer players Matt Pacifici and Alan Reiter were recently honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for academic achievement.

Pacifici, a junior goalkeeper and Charlotte Catholic graduate, was named to the NSCAA’s university division Scholar All-American third team, as well as the NSCAA university division Scholar All-South second team.

Reiter, a senior midfielder, was named to the NSCAA university division Scholar All-South first team.

“Alan and Matt are two excellent examples of Davidson as they have that powerful combination of intellect, talent, belief and motivation,” Wildcats coach Matt Spear said in a prepared release. “Both guys stepped up this season and were difference makers for our big wins, our consistency and our toughness.”