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Burns, Bajc, Thomas, Hicks and Smith named All-OAC
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, November 19, 2010 - The Ohio Athletic Conference has announced that Muskingum University senior quarterback Jake Burns, senior defensive lineman Chad Bajc and junior linebacker Alex Thomas have been named to the Second Team All-OAC football squad. Senior defensive back Dennis Hicks and senior wide receiver Ben Smith both received All-OAC Honorable Mention accolades. [2010 Football Picture Day photo gallery]
Burns, who directed the Muskingum spread-option offense, ended his tenure as the all-time career leader at Muskingum in passing yards (5,170) and total offense (6,265 yards). Throughout his time on the field, Burns rewrote the Muskie record book and stands atop numerous categories including passing yards in a season (1,866), passing attempts in a career (759), passing completions in a career (434), passing touchdowns for a season (14), passing attempts in a season (269), passing completions for a season (163), total offense for a season (2,326 yards) total offense for a game (381 yards) and is tied for all-time record in passing touchdowns for a career (30) and total touchdowns in a season (23). This marks the second straight year that Burns has garnered all-league honors.
Bajc ended his career ranked fifth all-time at Muskingum with 14 sacks. This season he logged 53 tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, which ranked sixth in the OAC. Bajc ended his playing days with 139 total tackles.
Thomas led the Muskie defense with 84 stops. He ranked fifth in the conference averaging 8.4 tackles per game and ranked second in fumble recoveries with three. Thomas has registered 187 stops throughout his three-year career.
Hicks logged 36 tackles with one interception. He ended his career ranked fifth all-time at Muskingum with 1,289 kickoff return yards and ranked eighth in the league this season with an 18.3 yard kickoff return average.
Smith led the Muskie receivers with 28 receptions for 389 yards and one score. He ended his tenure ranked 10th all-time at Muskingum with 1,042 receiving yards.