Friday, November 30, 2007
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team took another step in restoring its winning tradition in 2007. Westminster improved by three games from its previous record and posted a 5-5 mark for its first non-losing season since 2004 and the program's 51st season at .500 or better in the last 57 years.
Westminster won three of its first four games for the first time since 2000, and fielded a defense that ranked seventh in the nation through four games. The Titans, with a 2-4 conferencerecord, finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), after tying for sixth last year and being picked last in this year's preseason poll.
While the Titans were mostly comprised of underclassmen in their lineup, a pair of seniors garnered first-team all-PAC accolades in wide receiver Brett Ziegler (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) and punter Dusty Rhodes (Niles, Ohio/Niles McKinley).
Ziegler ranked fifth in the league with 5.2 receptions and 69.6 receiving yards per game. He caught 52 passes for 696 yards and six touchdowns, while becoming the school's all-time career receptions leader with 142 catches. Rhodes led the PAC with a school-record season punting average of 39.6 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Kevin Franz (Finleyville, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) and sophomore tailback Nick McKolosky (Johnstown, Pa./Westmont Hilltop) ranked in the top four in the PAC in passing (1,797) and rushing (980) yards, respectively, while sophomore linebacker Jordan Blinn (Industry, Pa./Western Beaver) spearheaded the defense with 79 tackles.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked 15th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly 2007 Annual College Guide. Westminster is a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 366 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and was recognized by the Templeton Guide as a "Character Building College."
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus.