Barnett Headlines Trio of Crusaders to Earn All-Conference Honors

Pictured: David Barnett (L), Kole Carter (C), Jack Blaisdell (R). Photo credit: USA Foto Inc.
Pictured: David Barnett (L), Kole Carter (C), Jack Blaisdell (R). Photo credit: USA Foto Inc.

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) announced its football postseason all-conference and special awards on Monday, November 25. Three Capital University football players earned a spot on this year's all-conference list.

Full OAC release

Second Team All-OAC

For the fourth consecutive year, David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) received All-Conference honors and is now a two-time Second Team All-OAC pick. Despite missing two games due to injury, the senior wide receiver racked up 558 yards and three touchdowns on 40 catches. Barnett's final catch this season, set the Capital receptions record previously held by Chris Copeland '01 (204, 1997-2000). He also became CU's all-time receiving yards leader during the Crusaders' game versus Otterbein.

As a freshman, Barnett was named Second Team All-OAC and was named honorable mention his sophomore and junior years. In 2017, Barnett tied Capital's single-game record with three receiving touchdowns on October 28 against Baldwin Wallace. His final career line reads 205 catches, 2,890 yards receiving, and 28 touchdowns.

Honorable Mention All-OAC

Kole Carter (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) led the Capital defense in total tackles (79), sacks (1.5) and tackles for loss (6.5) this season. The senior linebacker also posted a league-high three forced fumbles and was one of five Crusaders to tally an interception. He ranked 11th in the OAC for total tackles and 12th in tackles per game (7.9).

Last year, Carter was named All-OAC Honorable Mention after leading the team with a career-high three sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and 67 total tackles. He is now a two-time all-conference selection.

Honorable Mention All-OAC

Jack Blaisdell (West Unity, Ohio/Hilltop) has claimed his first conference honor, starting all 10 games this season for the Crusaders at defensive tackle. The sophomore helped the defense's front line behind 29 tackles (17 solo), one sack, and 5.5 tackles for loss. The honor marks Blaisdell's first all-conference honor of his career.