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Butler Bulldogs Recognize 2015 Top Football Performers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN –The Butler Bulldogs honored eleven at the annual Butler Football Awards Banquet on Sunday Jan. 17. The banquet individually recognized players for their accomplishments during the season. Of the eleven players, senior WR/KR Guy DiBalsamo, senior QB Matt Shiltz, and redshirt junior LB Sean Horan received the Top Dog Awards (M.V.P.)

DiBalsamo received the Special Teams Top Dog Award. He totaled 140 yards on seven kickoff returns and had a PFL 19 special teams tackles. DiBalsamo was also named 2015 PFL Co-Special Teams Player of the Year.

Shiltz, who lead the team in passing, was named Offensive Top Dog. He was 15th in the FCS with 2,713 passing yards, and 21st in the FCS with 19 touchdowns. He led the team and was sixth in the PFL in rushing with 639 yards and 10 touchdowns on 126 carries. He also led the team and the PFL in total yards with 3,352, and was fifth in the nation in total offense with 304.7 yards per game.

Horan was named Defensive Top Dog, and also received the Bulldog Pride Award. He recorded a total of 72 tackles, including seven for loss, and had 1.5 sacks. He was also on the Second Team All-PFL and the First Team All-Academic PFL. The Bulldog Pride Award is given to the player that best exemplifies the Butler Way. Horan showed leadership both on the field and off the field.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Matt Shiltz
Photo: Butler Athletics/Matt Shiltz

Sophomore S Isaak Newhouse was named Most Improved Player. He led the team with six interceptions, including one for a touchdown, and was third in the PFL. After having only seven tackles last season, Newhouse was third on the team with 49 tackles this season.

The Battle of the Trenches awards went to senior DT Adam Rodgers and redshirt senior OL Max Brodbeck. Rodgers received the Defensive Battle of the Trenches Award and Brodbeck received the Offensive Battle of the Trenches Award. Both seniors were on the Second Team All-PFL.

The Newcomer of the Year Award went to freshman WR Pace Temple, who caught 18 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns.

The three Unsung Hero awards were given to freshmen LB Ryan Perkins, DL Jared Harris and RB Brad Sznajder. Perkins received the Special Teams Unsung Hero Award, Harris received the Defensive Unsung Hero Award, and Sznajder received the Offensive Unsung Hero Award.

Following the awards, 53 Bulldogs were also awarded letters for the season. Butler finished the 2015 season with a 6-5 overall record, and a 4–4 record in the PFL.

Special Teams Top Dog Award (MVP) – Senior Guy DiBalsamo
Defensive Top Dog Award(MVP) – RS Junior Sean Horan
Offensive Top Dog Award(MVP)- Senior Matt Shiltz
Newcomer of the Year – Freshman Pace Temple
Most Improved Player – Sophomore Isaak Newhouse
Bulldog Pride Award – RS Junior Sean Horan
Battle of the Trenches (Defense) – Senior Adam Rodgers
Battle of the Trenches (Offense) – Senior Max Brodbeck
Unsung Hero (Special Teams) – Freshman Ryan Perkins
Unsung Hero (Defense) – Freshman Jared Harris
Unsung Hero (Offense) – Freshman Brad Sznajder

2015 Butler Football Letterwinners:

Seniors/Fourth Letter:
Brian Akialis (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Marquese Martin-Hayes (Chicago, Ill.), Jordan Massey (Plainfield, Ind.) Adam Rodgers (LaGrange, Ill.)

Senior/Third Letter:
Max Brodbeck (Lima, Ohio.), Brandon Collins (New Palestine, Ind.),Guy DisBalsamo (Chicago, Ill.), Kyle Payne (Cincinnati, Ohio.),Matt Shiltz (St. Charles, Ill.), David Tiwari (Bloomington, Ind.), Jon Treloar (Loveland, Ohio.), Rico Watson (Nashville, Tenn.), Zack Wolfe (Crest Hill, Ill.)

Senior/First Letter:
Cody Bowling (Liberty Township, Ohio.), Jake Doman (Oak Lawn, Ill.), David Leach (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Third Letter:
R JR Ian Dobek (Bartlett, Ill.), JR Sean Horan (Kings Mills, Ohio.), R JR Zach LaRoche (Marysville, Ohio.), R JR Nestor Porres (Fishers, Ind.), R JR Jordan Ransone (Long Beach, Ind.), JR David Starkey (Wauconda, Ill.), JR Joshua Willis (Bowie, Md.).

Second Letter:
SO Connor Andras (Crown Point, Ind.), R SO Curtis Beckman (Forsyth, Ill.), SO Ryan Bradley (Avon, Ind.), SO Ethan Brunhofer (Denver, Colo.), R SO Chad Burdo (Oswego, Ill.), R SO Adam Chappelle (Cincinnati, Ohio.), R SO McCord Collier (Franklin, Tenn.),R JR Danny Cotter (Grand Haven, Mich.),R JR Joe Hackett (Dublin, Ohio.), R SO Duvante Lane (Evansville, Ind.), SO Isaak Newhouse (Grand Haven, Mich.), R SO Michael Robinson (Dublin, Ohio.), R SO Samuel Schrader (Mishawaka, Ind.), R SO Taylor Wilson (Raleigh, N.C.).

First Letter:
R SO Zachary Bacon (Franklin, Tenn.), R FR Thomas Baldwin (Carmel, Ind.), R SO Dylan Banks (Terra Haute, Ind.), R SO Danny Banks (Terra Haute, Ind.), SO Chris Boudoures (St. Louis, Mo.), R FR Michael Cerone (Wheaton, Ill.), R SO Ellis Cupit (Plano, Texas.), R FR Mark Geers (Joliet, Ill.), R FR John Hall (Bolingbrook, Ill.), R FR Matt Hawkins (Cameron, Ill.), FR Nik Kessel (North Olmstead, Ohio.), R FR Cameron Langer (Centerville, Ohio.), R FR Anthony Scaccia (Batavia, Ill.), R FR Dakota Sneed (Edinburgh, Ind.), FR Pace Temple (Geneva, Ill.), R SO Nick Weaver (Loveland, Ohio.).

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter

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