|David Barnett, Fr., WR||Zack Kennedy, Jr., OL|
|J.R. Garrigo, So., S||Derek Eibon, Jr., LB|
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – On Monday morning, the Ohio Athletic Conference announced the 2016 all-conference team. Four Capital University student-athletes earned their stay on an All-OAC team, while David Barnett and Zach Kennedy both earned second team laurels for their contributions to Cap's success.
Freshman wide receiver David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) set a stable foundation to his collegiate career by earned a spot on the all-conference team in his inaugural season. He was named Second Team All-OAC after a season he made a league-leading 56 catches for 877 yards, which also led the conference. Barnett caught 10 touchdown passes ranking second in the OAC. He also led the OAC with 87.7 receiving yards per game and was second in yards per catch (15.7).
Junior Zack Kennedy (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) has been a key part of the Capital offensive line that helped successfully transition into its current pro-style offense. With Kennedy anchoring the left tackle position all season long, running back Cory Heeter tallied nearly 350 yards and seven touchdowns in five games, prior to his injury. Cap's passing game accumulated nearly 1,500 yards and helped dispense 11 passing touchdowns. Behind Kennedy and the offensive line, Capital's offense averaged 26.4 points per game and four times put up 34 or more points. Kennedy was also an OAC second teamer.
Safety J.R. Garrigo (Miami, Fla.) and linebacker Derek Eibon (Amherst, Ohio) were named Honorable Mention All-OAC selections to round out the Capital group of honorees. Eibon and Garrigo finished first and second, respectively, in tackles on the team. Eibon finished inside the conference's top-5 with 81 total stops, one sack, two tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries. Garrigo finished 10th in the OAC with 76 tackles, but coupled that with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions.
For Garrigo, Kennedy and Barnett, they earn their first all-conference honors of their respective careers. Eibon is now a two-time honorable mention selection having done so last season, as well.
Capital (4-6) finished with its best overall record since the 2011 season and placed sixth in the OAC behind a 4-5 conference record. Cap was picked to finish ninth in this year's coaches poll and seventh by the media at this year's OAC Media Day.