Football places six on All-HCAC team

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RICHMOND, Ind. – Six Earlham College football players were named to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) teams, which were unveiled Wednesday.

Junior punter Jordan Christian was the lone First Team selection, while sophomore linebackers Kobe Walker and Rance Albert were both Second Team All-HCAC honorees.

First year running back Melvin Davis, senior wide receiver Elijah Bilal, and sophomore offensive lineman Luke Brake were Honorable Mention All-HCAC choices.

Christian led the HCAC and ranked 37th among Division III leaders with his average of 38.7 yards per punt over 61 punts this season (2,359 yards total). His longest punt this season went for 66 yards at Franklin, and he had a conference-best 16 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Christian is a repeat All-HCAC honoree; he was an Honorable Mention pick in 2017, and took Second Team honors in 2016.

Walker (115 total tackles) and Albert (113 total tackles) finished the regular season ranked first and second respectively in the HCAC in both total tackles and tackles per game, and they were 15th and 17th among D-III leaders in tackles per game.

Walker also tallied 9.5 tackles-for-loss of 31 yards, with one sack, one fumble forced, two fumble recoveries, and three pass breakups. He also earned Honorable Mention All-HCAC accolades in 2017.

Albert charted 6.5 tackles-for-loss of 11 yards, and had a pair of interceptions, a PBU, one fumble forced and one recovered for the Quakers in 2018.

Davis was the Quakers' top rusher in 2018 with 462 net yards for 46.2 yards per game, and was ranked ninth among HCAC rushing leaders. He had an 80-yard touchdown run against Hanover, and went into the end zone against Franklin on a one-yard rush for his second TD of the season. Davis also caught 30 passes for 178 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per reception. He was Earlham's team leader in all-purpose yardage with 64.0 per game.

Bilal was tied for the team lead with 32 receptions this season, finishing with 218 yards receiving. His lone touchdown reception of the season was a 55-yard catch from Collin Hauschild against Defiance College. Bilal also had 10 kick returns for 150 yards during the season, with a season-best 32-yard return against Hiram.

Brake was the Quakers' regular starter at the tackle position on the offensive line, with some additional playing time on the defensive line and on special teams. He helped anchor the line on an offensive unit that averaged 201.6 yards per game, and was fifth in the HCAC in sacks allowed.

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