Eight Loggers earn All-NWC honors, including five on First Team

Eight Loggers earn All-NWC honors, including five on First Team

TACOMA, Washington – Eight Puget Sound football student-athletes received All-Northwest Conference honors, including five First Team selections, the NWC announced this week.

NWC release

Todd Blakely, Jason Clayton, Jewell Day, AJ Johnson, and Zackary Teats were named to the All-NWC First Team. Collin Heimbach, Zack Losack, and Murdock Rutledge received Second Team nods.

Blakely, a senior defensive end, tied for the second-most sacks in the NWC with 9.5. His 16 tackles for a loss on the season tied for third in the conference. Blakely was an All-NWC Honorable Mention in 2017. 

Clayton, a junior defensive back, is an All-NWC honoree for the second consecutive year. He was on the All-NWC Second Team last year. This fall, Clayton ranked fourth in the NWC for pass breakups (12), and he tied for fourth in interceptions (three). He also totaled 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Clayton was named to D3football.com Team of the Week during the season.

Day proved to be the NWC's best big-play wide receiver in 2018. The junior led the NWC in yards per reception (16.7) and receiving touchdowns (14). His 1,016 receiving yards trailed only follow Logger, Johnson.

Johnson, a junior, set a Puget Sound record by finishing the season with 1,096 receiving yards, tops in the NWC. He also led the conference in receptions with 92. Johnson's 12 receiving touchdowns are second to only Day. He had four 100-yard receiving games this fall, including 247 in the season finale at George Fox. He tied the program record for receiving touchdowns in a game with five against the Bruins. 

Teats, a senior defensive back, improves his All-NWC standing after being selected to the Second Team in 2017. Teats ranked second in the NWC with 15 pass breakups, and he finished the season with two interceptions. Like Clayton, Teats was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week during the season.

After Johnson and Day, Heimbach led the NWC in both receiving yards (984) and receiving touchdowns (10). He ranked fourth in receptions with 64, and finished the season with four games of 100+ yards receiving.

Losack, a senior offensive lineman, earned All-NWC Second Team for the second consecutive season. He anchored an offensive line that allowed Puget Sound to finish the regular season ranked second in NCAA D-III for passing yards per game (381.1). Losack and the offensive line also provided enough protection for the Loggers to set a program with 40 passing touchdowns this season.

Rutledge had an outstanding sophomore season under center, as he was twice named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week in 2018. Rutledge finished the season as the NWC leader for passing yards (2,613) and passing touchdowns (25). He threw for at least four touchdowns in three different games, including five at La Verne. Rutledge totaled six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) during the Loggers' near-upset victory against No. 23 Linfield.