Four gridders named to region team

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 6:33 PM

The postseason awards continue for Edinboro’s football program as four players were named to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Super Region 1 team on Friday.

Walter Fletcher and Zuril Hendrick were named to the first team, while Brandon Anderson and Derek Dorr received second team honors. Sports information directors from universities within the region vote on the awards.

Fletcher’s award follows being named the PSAC West Offensive Player of the Year as well as garnering first-team All-PSAC honors. His name also appeared on the list of 37 preliminary candidates for the Harlon Hill Trophy, Division II football’s version of the Heisman Trophy.

Fletcher toiled away in the early years after high school without much attention from colleges. He credits his work ethic for the improvements he’s made to finish in the top five in rushing yards in Division II football in each of the last two years.

“Four times a week, I’d go to the field and work on my footwork and catching ability,” Fletcher said of his summer training routine. “Making defenders miss and extending plays has been a big addition to my game. Focusing on those two areas has elevated my game tremendously.”

In addition to his own motivation, he credits his family for pushing him to be the best player he’s capable of being.

“Family is everything to me, and I do it all for them,” he added. “They’ve always believed in me. But most importantly, my dad is the reason why I play football.”

Hendrick was named to the All-PSAC first team after breaking Edinboro’s career interceptions record in the final game of the season. He tied Edinboro’s single-season interceptions record last season when he led the nation with 9.

Hendrick said the most important attribute for his success as a ball-hawk was perseverance.

“This 2018 senior class we had this year has been through it all, from not winning a game in 2015, to going 9-2 the year after, to having three different head coaches in four years,” Hendrick said, reflecting. “But through all the ups and downs we had together, the [players that] stayed grew closer, and it only made us better individually and as a team.”

Dorr and Anderson also received first-team all-conference honors after both of them set career highs in tackles, tackles for a loss and sacks. Anderson eclipsed the century mark with 101 tackles, with 10.5 of them being for a loss. Dorr finished with 71 stops, 21 of them for a loss, and 10 sacks.

Christopher Rosato Jr. can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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