WESTERVILLE — The Otterbein University football team landed seven players on the 2016 All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) team Monday morning, announced by the league office.
The seven Cardinals marks the most for the program since the 2012 season, when the squad also had seven earn recognition.
Headlining the honorees was a trio of first-team juniors in quarterback Logan Stepp, wide receiver Hunter Joseph and defensive end Kyle Blust. Three players on the first team is the most for Otterbein since 2010.
Junior wide receiver Julian Lowe and sophomore kicker/punter Joe Sanfillipo earned spots on the All-OAC second team while senior defensive back Jalen Liggins and senior defensive end Dalton Jarvis attracted honorable-mention status.
Stepp (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) had a standout year after switching from wide receiver, leading the entire OAC in total offense per game (268.7) and finishing second with 25 touchdowns. The lone quarterback on the first team, Stepp completed exactly 60 percent of his passes for 1,917 yards, 17 touchdown’s and just three interceptions while also rushing for 770 yards and another eight scores. He set a new Otterbein single-game record with 477 yards of total offense in a win over Heidelberg.
Blust (Mansfield/Madison Comprehensive) brings in his second all-conference award after receiving honorable-mention last year. This time around, he ranked third in the league with 16.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks, while also tallying 48 tackles. Blust earned an OAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in week 7 after a stellar performance at Baldwin Wallace.
Joseph (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) turned heads in his inaugural season for the Cards after transferring from Ohio Dominican, finishing second in the conference with 777 receiving yards, despite missing a game, and also snagging six touchdowns. He had an OAC single-game high 221 receiving yards against Heidelberg.
Lowe (Gahanna/Lincoln) repeats as an All-OAC selection after first-team recognition a year ago, finishing tied atop the conference this year with 56 catches and tying for third in receiving touchdowns (8). He accounted for 613 yards through the air, finishing strong with seven touchdowns in his final seven games and also serving as a primary kickoff and punt returner.
Sanfillipo (Delaware/Hayes) enjoyed a solid year as Otterbein’s starting kicker and punter, leading the team and finishing 12th in the OAC in scoring at 60 points. He was 9 of 12 on field goals, including 44 and 47-yarders, while also connecting on 33 of 37 extra-point attempts. In addition, Sanfillipo averaged 38.2 yards per punt and placed seven inside the 20-yard line.
Liggins (Westerville/Central) was a key staple at boundary corner as a fifth-year senior, starting every game and finishing second in the OAC with eight pass break-ups. He also had a pair of interceptions, 10th-best in the conference, and made 45 tackles to finish out his career.
A team captain, Jarvis (Bellevue/Bellevue) made 30 tackles at defensive end and finished second on the team with six stops for a loss, including at least one in four of the last-five games. He also recovered a fumble in the season opener at Buffalo State.
Otterbein finished 5-5 overall as a team and 5-4 within the conference. Three of those losses were by a combined 10 points.