Ten Bulldog Football Players Garner All-SCIAC Honors
Ten University of Redlands football players landed on the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams, as determined by the head coaches at their end-of-the-season meeting.
Senior defensive lineman Josh Cunningham headlines the group as the second Bulldog ever to receive the John Zinda Award, following Danny Ragsdale’s accolade in 1998. Honoring the senior player who best exemplifies the high ideals and characteristics demonstrated by John Zinda during his tenure as head football coach and athletic director at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, the criteria include performance, leadership, integrity, sportsmanship, positive attitude, and academic success. Cunningham also gained a spot on the First Team Defense for his eight tackles for a loss of 33 yards, including four sacks, in six conference games. He also mustered five quarterback hurries and one pass break-up during the 2009 SCIAC season.
Sophomore linebacker Ian Sluss and junior defensive back Mike Nicolini join him as members of the First Team.
Against conference opponents, Sluss served as the defensive cog for Redlands, leading the Bulldogs with 10.5 tackles for a loss of 55 yards, which was highlighted by six sacks for 39 yards. He ranked second among the conference players with 55 total hits. His play-making ability shone through with three forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, and one recovered fumble. Last season, Sluss landed on the All-SCIAC Second Team.
Nicolini continued his stellar play during the 2009 campaign, earning back-to-back First-Team awards. He ranked third on the team for total tackles with 39 against SCIAC foes. He came up with 3.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards, including 2.5 sacks. He also posted three pass breakups and forced one fumble.
Sophomore defensive back Josh Herrera garnered his inaugural award with a Second-Team nod. This season, he made 26 hits and nabbed three interceptions during six conference games. He also contributed three pass breakups and recovered one fumble.
For the offense, senior quarterback Dan Selway, senior wide receiver Brian Putman, and senior offensive lineman Travis McBride earned First-Team laurels, while junior running back Daylan Swedlow and senior offensive lineman Rick Albrecht were named to the Second Team.