Buies Creek – Campbell’s Jack Ryan has been named the 2015 Pioneer Football League Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, in a vote of the conference’s coaches.
The Matthews, N.C. native totaled 66 tackles, including 11.0 stops for loss in his first collegiate season, adding two sacks and two interceptions.
Ryan finished the regular season ranked 77th nationally (sixth among FCS freshmen) in tackles for loss. He becomes the first Campbell student-athlete to receive one of the PFL’s annual postseason major awards.
The rookie played in all 11 CU games, making two starts at middle linebacker. He tallied a season-high 12 tackles with an interception at San Diego, posting five or more tackles in nine outings.
The PFL’s other major award winners included Stetson safety Donald Payne (Defensive Player of the Year) and Morehead State quarterback Austin Gahafer (Offensive Player of the Year), with Dayton cornerback Nick Kaczkowski and Butler wide receiver Guy DiBalsamo sharing Special Teams Player of the Year honors.
San Diego quarterback Anthony Lawrence received the Freshman Offensive Player of the Year award, while Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
The PFL will announce its All-PFL squads on Tuesday. The league then will announce its Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, coinciding with the announcement of the Academic All-PFL teams.
2015 PFL AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year: Austin Gahafer, Morehead State
Defensive Player of the Year: Donald Payne, Stetson
Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Nick Kaczkowski, Dayton
Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Guy DiBalsamo, Butler
Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Anthony Lawrence, San Diego
Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Jack Ryan, Campbell
Coach of the Year: Rick Chamberlin, Dayton
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: To be announced, Wednesday