LANCASTER, Pa. – A total of 13 players were named to the 2011 All-Centennial football team on Monday afternoon, as voted upon by the head coaches in the conference.
Highlighting the 13-player selection is senior linebacker Greg Martell (Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy) who was named the defensive player of the year. Martell becomes the first Ursinus player to achieve that honor.
Martell, a unanimous first team selection, joined senior offensive lineman Victor Jaramillo (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic), senior defensive lineman Sean Whelan (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East), junior defensive back Chris Rountree (Lawnside, N.J./Haddon Heights) and senior kick returner Al Desiderio (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) on the first team. Both Rountree and Jaramillo are now three-time first-team selection, becoming the third and fourth players in school history to do so.
Desiderio, along with senior offensive lineman Anthony Figueroa (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional), junior offensive lineman Michael D'Amico (Yardville, N.J./Notre Dame), senior defensive back Joe Henry (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), senior defensive back Mike Rissmiller (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), and sophomore place kicker Mike Bennett (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle College HS) were named to the second-team.
Honorable mention selections went to sophomore quarterback Chris Curran (Oceanview, N.J./Ocean City), sophomore running back Bryan Ellis (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School) and junior punter Derek Giannetti (Dresher, Pa./Upper Dublin).
Martell finished the season with 87 tackles, including 54 solo stops. He had five sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and forced fumble, along with seven tackles for losses of 48 yards. His 87 tackles were the most for an Ursinus player since Brian Hrynczyszyn had 86 tackles in 2006.
Jaramillo, Figueroa and D'Amico were part of an offensive line that allowed just 12 sacks on the season and averaged 340.8 yards of total offense a game.
Whelan ranked second in the Centennial with nine sacks, including a four sack performance against Susquehanna. A second-team All-Centennial pick in 2010, he finished the season with 47 total tackles, 14 of which were for losses of 81 yards.
Rountree had five interceptions this season, finishing in a tie for second in the conference. His 132 yards in interception returns, including a 75-yard TD return against Dickinson, were a conference high.
Desiderio made the first-team as a kick returner and the second-team as a wide receiver. As a kick returner, he finished first in the conference in kick return average at 29.6 yards per return. As a wide out, he led the team in receptions (40), yardage (707) and scoring catches (6). He had a team-best 1513 all-purpose yards.
Henry, an honorable mention selection in 2010, finished the season with 56 tackles and was third best on the squad with 39 solo stops. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss.
Rissmiller, an all-academic selection, was third on the team with 58 tackles and had three interceptions, also second best on the squad.
Bennett finished the season 5-for-10 on field goals with a season long of 38 yards, but, was a perfect 33-for-33 on PAT kicks to give him 48 points scored on the year.
Curran threw for 2,114 yards while completing close to 60 percent (59.3) of his passes with 13 touchdowns. He ranked third in the Centennial in passing yards per game and total offense per game at 220.5. He had nine rushing touchdowns, also a team-high.
Ellis rushed for 936 yards this season on 206 attempts with four touchdowns. He went over the 1,000 yard mark in his career this season. His 1,729 yards in two years puts him fourth best in school history. He was a second-team selection last season.
Giannetti, a repeat honorable mention selection, punted 35 times for an average of 36.3 yards per punt and had six punts land inside the 20.