Thursday, February 25, 2010

Team of the Decade 2000-2009 - Defensive Line

Over the course of the next 10 weeks, the LFC Football will be unveiling the "Team of the Decade" 2000-2009 edition. In creating this list, it is our hope to encourage discussion and debate over who is on, and who should be on this team. The sole requirement to be eligible for this team was to either have graduated from Lake Forest College and have left the program in good standing.

This list was put together with the help of fans, coaches, SID Mike Wajerski, and other sources associated with the Forester Football program over the last decade.

This week we will start with the Defensive Lineman.

DL: David Bleitner- 2001-2004. St. Louis, Mo (Vianney). Bleitner was a four time All Conference selection including 1st team in 2003 and 2004. Named 2nd Team All-American in 2003 (Cosida and Football Gazette) and 3rd Team All-American in 2004 (Football Gazette). Named the conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004. Recorded 29 Sacks (Career Record at LFC) and 49.5 Tackles for a loss (Record at the time). He also holds the single season sack record 15.5 in 2003.

DL: Jaron Eanes- 2006-2009. Cleveland, OH (Lake Forest Academy) A three time All Conference selection including multiple 2nd team selections in 2007 and 2009, Eanes also captained the 2009 team. Recorded 12.5 Sacks and 39.5 Tackles for a loss. His career TFL total finished 3rd all-time in Forester Football, and 2nd amongst defensive lineman. His 2009 total of 17 is the fourth most in a single season. Eanes also recorded 193 total tackles for his career, and recorded 4 forced fumbles and 4 recovered fumbles in his career.

DL: Tom Starnicky- 2000-2003 Oak Lawn, IL (Marist) Tom started his career as a running-back for the Foresters and was named all conference as a freshman when he rushed for 680 yards on 166 Carries in 2000. In 2002, Tom moved to Defense and made an immediate impact. Tom was a two time all-conference selection on the Defensive side of the ball where he recorded 116 tackles, including 16.5 tackles for a loss. Had two defensive touchdowns in his career, a 61 yard fumble return and a 41 yard interception return for a touchdown. Finished his career with over 1000 yards of total offense and scored 8 TD’s total in his career (6 on offense, 2 on defense).

DL: Chris Tossing 2005-2008 St. Louis, Mo (Wentzville Holt, Mo) Chris started the 30 final games of his career and was named All-Conference in those three years, including a first team all-conference selection in 2008. Had a career high 19 Tackles vs. Monmouth in 2008. In his senior year (2007) he recorded at least 4 tackles in every game. Finished his career having played in all 40 games and recording 205 tackles, 20.5 Tackles for a loss and 12 Sacks.

HM: Tim Paulsen (2004-2007), Mike Karner (2003-2006), and Vince Srejma (2000-2002)