Twelve S&T Miners were named to the 2009 Great Lakes Football Conference’s all-league team. Five were first-team selections.
Quarterback Jason Schlueter, guard Dan Hickman, and tackle Justin Philpy, all seniors in mechanical engineering, and cornerback Terry Robinson, a junior in civil engineering, were chosen to the first team along with placekicker Joe Drahos, a junior in petroleum engineering.
Schlueter, named the All-GLFC first team quarterback for the second straight season, led the league in passing during the season, completing 245 of 392 passes (62.5 percent) for 2,638 yards and 17 touchdowns during the year. The completion total was the third-highest single-season mark in S&T history. The yardage mark, which put his career total at 4,486 — the second-best all-time mark at the university — was the fourth-most in one season despite missing half of one game and all of another.
Hickman and Philpy were also repeat selections to the first team. Hickman was the GLFC’s top offensive lineman in 2009. He headed an offensive line that spurred the S&T offense to an average of 370.9 yards per game, including 254.8 per game through the air. Philpy finished the year with 43 tackles, including 21 solo stops.
Robinson was second on the team in tackles with 68 and also broke up five passes during the season. Drahos broke the Miners’ single-season mark for field goals with 13, including a game-winning 28-yard field goal with seven seconds to play against Saint Francis (Ind.). That gave the Miners a 39-37 win over the Cougars, who were ranked fourth in the NAIA poll.
The Miners had seven players named to the second team, which was led by tight end Bryan Crider, EMgt’09, who led S&T with 57 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Crider is now ranked fourth in career receptions at S&T with 142, the most ever by a Miner tight end.
Wideout Kevin Dillon, a sophomore in environmental engineering, was also named to the second team after making 24 catches, including six for touchdowns, to land him Co-Freshman of the Year honors. Offensive lineman Matt Kuelker, a senior in civil engineering and the Miners’ center throughout the season, was also a second-team choice along with linebacker Steve Edwards, a senior in civil engineering, and safety Brian Jordan, a senior in business and management systems.