AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Four Mount Union football players have earned special awards to headline the All-Ohio Athletic Conference teams selected by the conference's 10 head coaches.
Senior Sean Sherman (Springboro / Bishop Fenwick) won the Ken Wable Offensive Lineman of the Year Award and junior Kordell Ford (Massillon / Washington) won the Lee Tressel Defensive Back of the Year award.
Fulford is the just the second player in conference history and first since Muskingum's Bill "Cannonball" Cooper from 1958-60 to win the offensive back of the year award three times. He is the nation's highest rated quarterback with a 229.5 rating as he has completed 73-percent of his passes for 2,569 yards with 39 touchdowns to just one interception. Named for former Baldwin Wallace head coach Bob Packard it is the 22nd time a Mount Union quarterback or running back has won the award.
Hill is the first three-time winner of the conference's top receiver award since it began in 1988. Hill has 73 catches for a nation's best 1,460 receiving yards and his 22 touchdowns is second-best nationally. He has had over 100 yards receiving in eight of 11 games so far this season. The award is named after former Muskingum head coach Ed Sherman and it is the 13th time a Mount Union player has won the award.
Like Fulford and Hill, Sherman is a team captain that has started every game this season at left tackle and anchored an offensive line that is third in the nation in tackles for loss allowed for an offense that leads the nation in scoring at 55.5 points per game. The Ken Wable Award is named after the former Mount Union coach who was on the sidelines for the Raiders from 1962-85 and led the team to its first OAC title in 1985. It is the 19th time a Mount Union lineman has the award (also known as the Gregory Award from 1956-2007) and first since Cole Parrish in 2017.
Ford is third on the team in tackles and second in tackles for loss along with an interception, a fumble recovery and a pair of sacks. The award is named for former Baldwin Wallace coach Lee Tressel and it is the 14th time a Mount Union defensive back has won the award and the second straight year as Louis Berry won it in 2018.
Along with Fulford, Hill, Sherman and Ford, Mount Union's other All-OAC first team selections included senior offensive linemen Jonny Todd (Canton / GlenOak) and Brendan Klaus (Brighton, Mich.), junior center Joey Presutti (Houston, Texas / Oak Ridge), junior running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry), senior defensive end Andrew Roesch (Avon), senior linebacker Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) and sophomore defensive back Derrick Bradley (Bradenton, Fla. / Palmetto).
All-conference second team selections are senior wide receiver Derrick Harvey, Jr. (Akron / Buchtel), senior offensive lineman Frazier Daniel (Tiffin / Tiffin Columbian), senior defensive lineman Adam Pastor (Mantua / Walsh Jesuit), junior linebacker Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward), junior safety Malik Britt (Bossier City, La. / Airline) and senior kicker Max Righetti (Salem).
Mount Union won its 30th conference title in 2019, the Raiders are 11-0 and host North Central (Ill.) in a second round game of the NCAA Playoffs Saturday, Nov. 30 at noon.