SHEPHERD FOOTBALL SIGNS SIXTEEN
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Shepherd University head
football coach Monte Cater announced today that 16 student-athletes
have signed letters-of-intent to play football for the Rams in 2012.
Among the group are 10 from Maryland, two each from Washington, D.C. and
Virginia, and one each from Delaware and West Virginia.
Billy Brown (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg), a wide receiver, was a
standout at Gaithersburg. Brown gained Washington Post First Team
All-Met honors as he had had 40 receptions for 935 yards and 13
touchdowns last season. He also added 20 sacks and 75 tackles on
Charles Brown (Baltimore, MD/Dunbar), a fullback/linebacker, was a
four-year starter and also excelled on the baseball diamond at Dunbar.
He was a First Team All-Metro choice in both sports. Brown was a member
of three state champion football teams. He was ranked 12th in the nation
as a fullback by ESPN.
Austin Browne (Arlington, VA/Yorktown), a linebacker/fullback, was a
standout at Yorktown. He was a two-time Team MVP and was named Arlington
Sun Gazette Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Browne was a Second
Team All-Northern Region selection. He helped lead Yorktown to a
district championship last season.
Lynn Coffee (Washington, DC/Friendship Collegiate Academy), a fullback,
was rated the number one fullback in DC by Mdhigh.com. He earned
training camp and Blue-Gold game MVP accolades. A team leadership award
winner, Coffee helped lead Friendship Collegiate Academy to a 9-1
overall mark in 2011.
Adam Coles (Oxon Hill, MD/Potomac), a defensive back/running back,
lettered in football and track at Potomac. He was recognized by
Washington Redskin Tim Hightower as a Hightower Hometown Hero. Coles had
two four-touchdown outings and ran for 222 yards in one contest in
Allen Cross (Elkridge, MD/Long Reach), a running back, lettered three
years in football and four years in track. Cross is a two-time
All-County choice who gained First Team honors in 2011. He rushed for
1,401 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011.
Austin Eagle (Odenton, MD/Arundel), an offensive/defensive lineman, was a
standout at Arundel. He gained First Team All-County honors and was an
Honorable Mention All-State and All-Met choice in 2011.
Karl Gall (Morgantown, WV/University), a linebacker, lettered in
football and basketball at University. Gall gained Second Team TRAC
All-Conference accolades and was a Special Mention All-State selection.
He led his team with 77.5 tackles and also added three interceptions in
Jon Hammer (Jarrettsville, MD/North Harford), a fullback, lettered in
football and baseball at North Harford. He gained Honorable Mention
All-State honors. Hammer was selected to play in the Crab Bowl for
Maryland’s senior all-stars. He also played in the Baltimore Touchdown
Club All-Star Game.
Nelson Harris (Richmond, VA/James River), a wide receiver, was a
three-year letterwinner in football at James River. A three-time
All-District choice, Harris gained First Team honors as a senior. He was
also an Honorable Mention All-Metro selection as he had 34 receptions
for 701 yards. Harris was named Team Offensive Player of the Year
Tre Henley (Hanover, MD/McDonogh School), a running back, earned five letters in football and track at McDonogh School.
Ahja Lancaster (Washington, DC/Friendship Collegiate Academy), a
linebacker, helped lead Friendship Collegiate Academy to a 9-1 mark in
2011. Lancaster is one of two Shepherd signees from the school.
Ryan Patrick (Woodbine, MD/South Carroll), a linebacker, was a four-year
letterwinner in football at South Carroll. He also competed in
wrestling and track. Patrick, who recorded 102 tackles in 2011, was
selected to play in the Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star game
and was named to the Baltimore All-Metro team. A two-time team captain,
Patrick was a member of three conference champion teams.
Will Smith (Silver Spring, MD/Paint Branch), an offensive lineman,
lettered three years in football at Paint Branch. He also gained four
letters in both baseball and wrestling. Smith gained First Team
All-County and All-Area honors and was an Honorable Mention All-State
Michael Spahr (Ijamsville, MD/Urbana), a quarterback, lettered in
football and lacrosse at Urbana. Spahr led Urbana to the state
championship title in 2010. He was an Honorable Mention All-State choice
in 2011. Spahr tossed three touchdown passes in the Baltimore Touchdown
Club All-Star Game to gain the BTC MVP Award.
Jeff Ziemba (Newark, DE/St. Mark’s), a quarterback, lettered in
football, basketball, and baseball at St. Mark’s. He led the St. Mark’s
football squad to a state championship title in 2010. Ziemba was an
All-State selection in baseball. Ziemba completed 103-196 passes for
1,772 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for three scores.