The Shippensburg University football team came away from the All-PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) Awards Wednesday with eight players earning recognition. Among these players was senior linebacker Allen Holman, who was named PSAC Eastern Division Defensive Player of the Year. Other players that were recognized included junior Cole Chiappialle, senior Justin Pyle, junior Oscar Ghasab, junior Kevin Taylor II, junior Jeff Gulyas, sophomore Richard Nase and junior Billy Deane.
Chiappialle was named to the All-PSAC First Team as a return specialist, and the All-PSAC Second Team as a running back. Pyle was also named to the All-PSAC Second Team as a running back; Taylor was named First Team at defensive back; Ghasab was named Second Team at offensive guard; Nase was named Second Team at defensive end; Gulyas was named Second Team at tight end; and Deane brought home a Second-Team honor as a placekicker.
Holman was a captain for the Red Raider defense that ranked second-best in scoring defense and the third-best in total defense in the PSAC. Holmes made 89 total tackles — including 10.5 tackles for loss — this year to go along with two forced fumbles and two interceptions. With all these contributions to the team, the committee thought he was worthy of the award given to the best defensive player in the PSAC East.
Taylor and Nase both played a huge part on the Red Raider defense, as well. Taylor had a team-leading three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. He also broke up 11 passes, good for a top-5 spot in the PSAC. Nase was recognized for the second year in a row, after having a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss, which included 5.5 sacks. He also blocked multiple kicks.
Chiappialle and Pyle were very important pieces to the Red Raider offense this season. Chiappialle ran for more than 570 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Pyle had just over 600 yards and five touchdowns. Chiappialle was also a dynamic kick returner, accumulating over 300 yards on returns. He had two punt returns for touchdowns, as well.
Guard Ghasab had a lot to do with the success of these two players, earning his first All-PSAC award.
Billy Deane was one of the most reliable kickers in the PSAC, leading the conference with 12 field goals this season. His season-high 48-yard field goal was only one yard short of the school record. He only missed four extra points all season.