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Five Butler Bulldogs Earn All-PFL Honors

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Five members of the Butler Bulldogs football team earned 2015 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team honors, as released by the league office on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The 23rd All-PFL Team was chosen by a vote of conference head football coaches.

Redshirt senior QB Matt Shiltz, senior WR Marquese Martin-Hayes, redshirt senior C Max Brodbeck, senior DT Adam Rodgers and redshirt junior LB Sean Horan earned the league honors for the 6-5 Bulldogs, who finished the 2015 campaign with a 4-4 mark in Pioneer Football League play.

Shiltz, a fifth-year senior quarterback from St. Charles, Ill., passed for 2,713 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He also led the Bulldogs with 639 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground. Shiltz led the PFL in total offense at 304.7 yards per game. He finished sixth in the conference in rushing and his 10 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns were enough on their own for Shiltz to rank second in the PFL in scoring (non-kickers).

Martin-Hayes, a senior wide receiver from Chicago, had a team-high 47 receptions for 436 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 24.4 yards per kick-off return this season, good for sixth in the conference. Martin-Hayes ranked fifth in the PFL in all-purpose yardage. He received honorable mention All-PFL honors in both 2013 and 2014.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs Football
Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs Football

Brodbeck, a fifth-year senior center from Lima, Ohio, started every game this season, anchoring a Butler offensive line that helped the Bulldogs rank fourth in the PFL in total offense. The Bulldogs only allowed 17 sacks in 11 games this season, good for third in the conference. Butler also had the second-best time of possession in the PFL. Brodbeck was an honorable mention All-PFL selection in 2014.

Rodgers, a senior defensive tackle from LaGrange, Ill., had 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks on the season. He also forced and recovered one fumble to go along with his 27 tackles. With Rodgers in the trenches, Butler only allowed opponents to convert 31 percent of their third down attempts (best in the PFL) and ranked fourth in the PFL in rushing defense in 2015.

Horan, a redshirt junior linebacker from Kings Mills, Ohio, led the Bulldogs with 72 tackles. He added seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four pass break-ups and one interception. Horan was a 2014 honorable mention All-PFL selection.

Redshirt junior WR/KR Guy DiBalsamo was named the PFL’s “Co-Special Teams Player of the Year” on Monday.

Redshirt senior Brian Akialis (P), sophomore Connor Andras (LS), sophomore Ethan Brunhofer (LB), redshirt sophomore Duvante Lane (FB), Martin-Hayes (as a return specialist), sophomore Isaak Newhouse (DB), redshirt senior David Tiwari (OL), and senior Zack Wolfe (TE) also earned honorable mention accolades.

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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