By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) announced its annual football postseason accolades on Monday morning, which recognized five Capital University student-athletes for their on-field accomplishments. Dartavious Stanford headlined the Capital collective after being named First Team All-OAC.
Dartavious Stanford (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) put together a historic season as the top Capital wide receiver in his first year with the program. The junior made 63 catches for 1,119 receiving yards, which elevates him to second all-time in the Capital single-season record books in that category. He almost made the second-most touchdown catches in a season for a Capital player with 12, which also marks the most since Mike Niedzwiecki did so in the 2006 season.
Stanford had 100 or more receiving yards in eight of the team's 10 games this season and at least one touchdown catch in nine games. His best game came when he caught three touchdown passes and made nine grabs for a season-best 140 yards against rival Otterbein University on Sept. 30. Stanford finished first in the OAC in receiving yards per game with (111.9) and overall yards (1,119), and was in the top-five in touchdowns (5th, 12) as well as catches (3rd, 63).
His success could not have been had without the efforts of two Capital players than landed on the All-OAC Second Team. Junior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) finished second in the conference in completions (216), attempts (385), passing yards (2,813), yards per game (281.3) and touchdown passes (29). Wibbeler also found himself elevating in the Capital record books. He now sits in fifth for single-season passing yardage and has the second-most passing touchdowns in a single season.
One of the big men protecting Wibbeler and giving time for Stanford to run routes was named Second Team All-OAC in senior offensive lineman, Zack Kennedy (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City). Kennedy collects his second all-conference honor after serving as the Crusaders' left tackle in his third year starting at the position. This marks the second time Kennedy has been named Second Team All-OAC in his career.
Joining that trio on the all-conference list is sophomore wide receiver David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) and junior defensive back LaShaun Sanders Jr. (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis). Sanders has now earned his first all-conference accolade after taking a share of fifth in passes defended (9). He added 46 tackles and one interception as a cornerback.
Barnett has a strong sophomore campaign and put up respectable numbers even while sharing time with first teamer and teammate Dar Stanford. Barnett made 56 catches for 774 yards and 10 touchdown grabs. Together, he and Stanford became just the second Capital wide receiver duo to make 10 or more touchdown grabs each in a single season. He matched his touchdown count from a season ago, which places him sixth in a single-season. Barnett is now a two-time all-conference selection.
Barnett and Sanders were both named honorable mention All-OAC.
For the complete All-OAC list and postseason honors, click here.