Wednesday, November 14, 2012
College of Mount St. Joseph senior running back James Clay (Louisville, KY/duPont Manual), who led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season in rushing yards and TDs scored, has been selected the HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player. Clay, who also leads the nation in rushing, finished the 2012 season with 2,124 yards rushing, 21 rushing TDs (23 overall) and 2,520 all-purpose yards. Clay also was named to the All-HCAC first team, along with junior offensive lineman Phil Wiehe (Waynesville, MO/Waynesville). This is the second straight season that Clay has been named a First Team All-Conference player.
Mount teammates Mike Klekotka (Miami, Fl/Palmetto Sr.), a fullback; Brandon Keller (Flowery Branch, GA/Flowery Branch), an offensive lineman; and Joe Frakes (Columbus, OH/Hamilton Township), a defensive back, were all named Second Team All-Confererence.
Five Mount players were named Honorable Mention All-HCAC. They were: defensive lineman Tim Bowman (Liberty Township, OH/Lakota West); defensive lineman Russell Turner II (Fairfield, OH/Fairfield), linebackers Garrett Breiner (Louisville, KY/Male), Juan Gomez (John's Creek, GA/Chatahoochee) and Konnor Blevins (Cincinnati, OH/Lakota West).
Turner was a Second Team All-HCAC honoree in 2011 while the other players garnered their first such conference honors.