Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bloomsburg Football - Klinger Named To Don Hansen Super Region 1 First Team; Two Earn Third Team Honors

CLARION, Pa. - Redshirt junior defensive lineman Jake Klinger(Berwick, Pa./Central Columbia) of the Bloomsburg University football team has been named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region 1 First Team as announced on Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, redshirt junior offensive lineman Travis Krall (New Columbia, Pa./Milton Area) and redshirt junior placekicker Ryan Abbott (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James School) were named to the Super Region 1 Third Team by the same organization.

Klinger, who earlier this offseason was named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division First Team and to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Super Region 1 Second Team, enjoyed a monster breakout season in 2017 as he helped the Huskies to a 7-4 overall record.

The defensive tackle led the Huskies with career-highs in total tackles (69), tackles for a loss (22.0), and quarterback sacks (11.0). His 22 tackles for a loss surpassed Justin Shirk(Harrisburg/Central Dauphin)'s 21.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage during the 2014 season and is the most by a Bloomsburg player in at least 18 years. Klinger had 18.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks over the last seven weeks of the regular season. He recorded at least one tackle in all 11 games, at least one tackle for a loss nine times, and at least one sack on six different occasions. He posted a career-best five tackles for a loss in the win at Millersville on September 30 and recorded a career-high three sacks in the win at East Stroudsburg on October 21. Klinger was also named the PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week after posting nine total tackles, four tackles for a loss, two quarterback sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in a 16-point victory over Clarion in the final game of the regular season.

The redshirt junior finished second overall in the PSAC, and led the PSAC East, in both tackles for a loss and sacks during the 2017 campaign. He entered the season with 23 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and one quarterback sack in his first two seasons combined. He did miss all but two games of the 2016 season due to a season-ending injury.

By being selected to the First Team, Klinger now advances to the national ballot from which the 2017 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team will be named later this month.

Krall and Abbott joined Klinger as the Huskies' honorees on the All-PSAC East First Team earlier this offseason.

Krall started nine games at left guard for the Huskies and was an integral part of an offensive line that allowed 17 sacks during the regular season - sixth-fewest in the conference. Krall helped pave the way for a pair of All-PSAC East Second Team running backs in redshirt sophomores Alex Gooden (Parkesburg, Pa./Octorara)and Qmac Quiteh (Tobyhanna, Pa./Pocono Mountain West) who combined for 1,660 rushing yards on the season. The 2017 campaign was Krall's second season as a starter after starting all 11 games the year prior.

Abbott, meanwhile, was twice named the PSAC East Special Teams Player of the Week during the 2017 campaign and he led the Eastern Division in field goal percentage (83.3%). Abbott nailed 10-of-12 field goals and made good on 30-of-31 extra point tries during the regular season. He tied for the team lead in scoring with 60 points and finished sixth in the league - third among PSAC East kickers - in points.

The Huskies closed out the 2017 season with a 7-4 record - Bloomsburg's 19th consecutive winning season dating back to 1999. It is the third-longest streak in PSAC history, behind West Chester's 31 (1940-42, 1945-72) and Clarion's 22 (1964-85). The 19 straight seasons with at least six victories, however, continues a PSAC record. Bloomsburg has now posted a winning record in 23 of the last 24 years.

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