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Thirteen Yellow Jackets Voted to All-ODAC Football Teams

Tre Frederick running behind R-MC offensive line

SALEM, Va. - The Randolph-Macon football team had 13 players earn All-ODAC honors, including six First Team selections, in voting by the league's head coaches and released by the conference office.

The Yellow Jackets on All-ODAC First Team are senior offensive lineman Jay Hausler (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee), junior running back Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston), junior offensive lineman Greg Castle (Clayton, N.C./North Johnston), senior defensive lineman Jake Pinkston (Alexandria, Va./Robinson), junior linebacker Yonis Blanco (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) and junior punter Julian Drew (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield).

All-ODAC Second Team members include senior linebacker Norman Cade (Rolesville, N.C./Wake Forest), junior all-purpose back Eric Hoy (Clayton, N.C./Clayton), sophomore defensive back Anthony Williams (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) and freshman kicker Chris Vidal (Wake, N.C./Wake Forest). All-ODAC Third Teamers include junior defensive lineman Michael Rawlins (Huntersville, N.C./Hough), sophomore tight end Sam Tanner (Richmond, Va./Lee-Davis) and freshman Connor Denning (Benson, N.C./West Johnston).

Hausler, Castle and Denning blocked for an offense that was second in the ODAC and 24th in the nation in rushing at 239.7 yards per game. R-MC was second in the league and 11th in the country in time of possession at 34:10. The Yellow Jackets were first in the conference and fifth in the nation in third down conversion percentage at .508. R-MC did not have a punt or kick blocked this season. Castle was All-ODAC First Team in 2016, while Hausler was All-ODAC Third Team a season ago.

Frederick was second in the ODAC and 10th in the nation in rushing yards per game at 145.3. He gained 1,308 yards on the ground in nine games, his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. Frederick ran for a season-high 231 yards on 18 carries with four touchdowns in a 52-24 win at Bridgewater. Frederick was second in the conference and 10th in the country in all-purpose yardage at 184.1 yards per game. He had 16 total touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns. Frederick was 2016 ODAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-ODAC First Team.

Pinkston was second on the team with 57 tackles, including 24 solo stops. He had 5.5 tackles for loss, including 2.5 quarterback sacks. He had one pass breakup and forced one fumble. Pinkston had a season-best 17 tackles against Washington and Lee as well as 10 tackles against Dickinson. Pinkston was All-ODAC Second Team in 2016.

Blanco had 48 tackles in seven games for the Yellow Jackets. He had 4.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble. Blanco was first in the ODAC and third in the nation with three fumble recoveries. He had eight tackles in his season debut against Shenandoah and 10 tackles against Washington and Lee.

Drew averaged 40.1 yards per punt on 34 kicks, the top mark in the ODAC. He had 10 punts go inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Cade had four punts of 50 or more yards, with a long of 53. Six of his punts were fair caught and five were touchbacks. Drew was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

Cade led the team with 61 tackles. He had 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterbacks sacks. Cade had one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. He had a season-high 14 tackles at Catholic.

Hoy topped the team with 50 receptions and 416 receiving yards. He was third on the team with 359 rushing yards. Hoy was second on the team with 15 touchdowns, and scored five in the 56-28 victory over Hampden-Sydney in the season finale. He had season highs with 21 carries and 93 rushing yards against the Tigers. Hoy was All-ODAC First Team in 2016.

Williams recorded 45 tackles, including 34 solo stops. He had one tackle for loss, one interception and three pass breakups. Williams had a season-high eight tackles against Shenandoah and had seven stops against both Dickinson and Emory & Henry.

Vidal connected on seven of nine field goal attempts with a long of 39 yards. He made all 52 of his extra-point attempts. Vidal had 73 points, the third-highest total on the team.

Rawlins registered 40 tackles for the Yellow Jackets. He had two tackles for loss, forced one fumble and blocked a kick. Rawlins had a season-high 14 tackles against Washingto and Lee.

Tanner was third on the team with 15 receptions and 307 receiving yards. He scored a pair of touchdowns, one of 50 yards against Washington and Lee and one of 53 yards at Guilford. Tanner was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

Under head coach Pedro Arruza, Randolph-Macon posted a 7-3 overall mark in 2017. The Yellow Jackets were 4-2 in ODAC play, good for second place in the conference standings. R-MC concluded the season with a 56-28 victory over rival Hampden-Sydney. The Yellow Jackets have topped the Tigers four straight times and have won six of the past seven meetings.

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