CLARION, Pa. – Five Ohio Dominican football players were named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette Super Region 1 Team on Friday.
Contini and Neidhardt also earned First Team All-Super Region 1 honors from the D2CCA in November.
The G-MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Contini caught 54 passes for 950 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 17.6 yards per catch. His 16 TDs were the third most in the country during the regular season. He set school records with 3,239 career yards and 38 receiving TDs, and his 39 TDs scored are also a record. Contini caught at least one TD in nine games this year, with three multi-TD performances. He was last year's G-MAC Offensive Back of the Year and a first team all-region selection, as well as a three-time Academic All-American.
Neidhardt was the 2017 G-MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and followed that with a stronger sophomore campaign. He averaged 43.0 yards per punt with a long of 67, and placed 17 of his 43 punts inside the 20 with just four touchbacks. Neidhardt ranked 10th in the country in punting average during the regular season and ODU ranked fifth nationally in net punting (39.1). He had five games where he placed at least two punts inside the 20 and had a punt of at least 44 yards in every game.
Hunter finished the season with 61 tackles (7.5 TFL) and 4.5 sacks. He also forced a pair of fumbles. A two-time First Team All-Great Midwest selection, Hunter was also named the G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week after making seven tackles with two sacks at East Stroudsburg. He had six games with six or more tackles and finished third on ODU's all-time list with 14.0 career sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss. He tallied 185 tackles in his career.
Lucke helped key an offense that ranked 12th in the country in scoring (40.5 points per game) and 28th in total offense (439.1 yards per game.) He was named First Team All-Great Midwest for his efforts this fall. ODU was also 21st nationally in third-down conversions (45.2 percent) and 37th in sacks allowed, while leading the country in completion percentage and passing efficiency.
Ernst made his first collegiate start against Findlay in week four and wound up leading the nation in completion percentage (74.5) and passing efficiency (184.4.) Overall, he completed 196-of-263 passes for 2,506 yards, 28 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He ranked second nationally with 9.5 yards per pass attempt and threw for at least 280 yards in five games. His 28 touchdown passes were 13th in the nation, and he set a school-record with seven TD passes against Alderson Broaddus on Sept. 29.
Ohio Dominican finished the season with a 9-2 record and went 6-2 in the G-MAC. The Panthers were ranked as high as No. 12 nationally this year and appeared in the regional rankings every week. ODU has won at least seven games in every season since 2011.
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