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Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium Offensive Line Announced




Sept. 6, 2009

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Terrence Anderson (1996-99), Skip Dittmann (1963-66), Brian Drechsler (1994-97), Jim Freeman (1961-64), J.D. Gainey (1995-98), Anthony Gaskins (2005-08), Antron Harper (2004-07), Jeff Johnson (1980-83), Tom Lynch (1960-63) and Frank McCallister (1977-80) have been named to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium Team as offensive linemen. The team was selected as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.


Terrence Anderson

Skip Dittmann

Brian Drechsler

Jim Freeman

J.D. Gainey

Anthony Gaskins

Antron Harper

Jeff Johnson

Tom Lynch

Frank McCallister

The 10 players were selected by fan balloting that was conducted on navysports.com (50 percent of the vote) and by a committee (50 percent of the vote) made up of Navy Sports Information Director Scott Strasemeier, Navy football historian Jack Clary, former Annapolis Capital Sports Editor and Navy beat writer Joe Gross, current Navy beat writer for the Annapolis Capital Bill Wagner, Navy broadcasters Bob Socci and Pete Medhurst and Navy football historian and former beat writer of the Washington Post Christian Swezey.

Anderson was a two-year starter at center for Navy (1998 and 1999) after spending his first two seasons as a reserve linebacker. As a senior and team co-captain, Anderson helped Navy lead the nation in rushing (292.2 yards per game), while earning Third-Team All-America honors. He was also named a Second-Team Academic All-American, was a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship winner, won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, was named to the All-East Team and participated in the Gridiron Classic All-Star Game, the Blue-Gray All-Star Game and the Hula Bowl All-Star Game. Anderson was also named the winner of the Thompson Trophy, which is presented to the Midshipman, male or female, declared by the Naval Academy Athletic Association's Athletic Committee to have done the most during the year for the promotion of athletics at the Naval Academy.

Dittmann earned varsity letters in 1964, 1965 and 1966 at center for the Midshipmen. He made a number of All-East and All-America squads as a junior and was considered by Navy head coach Bill Elias to be the finest center in the East, if not the country. Dittmann was named to the North-South Shrine All-Star Game in Miami as a senior.

Drechsler earned varsity letters in 1995, 1996 and 1997 at center, leading Navy to a 21-13 record over those three seasons. In 1996, he helped lead Navy to a 9-3 record including a 42-38 victory over California in the Aloha Bowl. As a sophomore, Drechsler was a First-Team All-East selection.

Freeman earned varsity letters in 1962, 1963 and 1964 at tackle for Navy, helping pave the way for Roger Staubach to win the Heisman Trophy in 1963 as Navy posted a 9-2 record, played Texas in the Cotton Bowl and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country. Freeman was a two-time All-East selection and was called one of the best lineman to ever play at Navy by his coach Wayne Hardin.

Gainey is a rare four-year letterwinner on the offensive line, earning varsity letters in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Gainey, who started 35 games at guard and tackle and played in 43 of a possible 45 games in his career, helped lead Navy to a 9-3 record and a victory over California in the 1996 Aloha Bowl. In his four years, the Midshipmen compiled a 24-21 record.

Gaskins lettered in 2006, 2007 and 2008 at guard for the Midshipmen, helping lead Navy to a 25-14 record, berths to the Meineke Car Care Bowl (2006), the Poinsettia Bowl (2007) and the EagleBank Bowl (2008) and three-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophies. Navy led the nation in rushing all three years that Gaskins started, including a school-record 348.8 yards per game in 2007. He played in 39- consecutive games and started the final 26 games of his career.

Harper earned varsity letters in 2005, 2006 and 2007 at guard and center for Navy, helping lead the Mids to a 25-13 record, bowl bids to the Poinsettia Bowl (2005 and 2007) and Meineke Car Care Bowl (2006) and three-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophies. Navy led the nation in rushing all three years that Harper started, including a school-record 348.8 yards per game in 2007. Harper, who was named First-Team All-East as a center and made the ESPN.Com All-Bowl Team in 2005 and 2006, started all 38 games of his varsity career.

Johnson earned varsity letters in 1981, 1982 and 1983 at guard for the Midshipmen, opening up holes for All-American running back Napoleon McCallum. In 1981, Football News named Johnson a Sophomore All-American as he helped lead Navy to a 7-4-1 record and a berth in the Liberty Bowl against Ohio State. As a senior, Johnson was named an Honorable Mention All-American and First-Team All-East. Johnson was co-captain of the 1983 team.

Lynch earned varsity letters in 1961, 1962 and 1963 at center and linebacker for the Midshipmen, leading Navy to a 21-10 record over those three yeas and helping Roger Staubach win the Heisman Trophy in 1963. The Mids were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country in 1963, posting a 9-2 record and played Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Lynch, who was team captain of the 1963 team, was named to the Coaches All-American Game and the Hula Bowl All-Star Game as a senior. Lynch won the NAAA Sword as a senior, which is presented to the Midshipman of the graduating class declared by the Naval Academy Athletic Association's Athletic Committee to have personally excelled in athletics during his years of varsity competition.

McCallister lettered in 1978, 1979 and 1980 at tackle and guard for the Midshipmen, leading Navy to a 24-11 record over those three years and berths in the Holiday (1978) and Garden State (1980) bowls. Navy also won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in 1978 and 1979. McCallister, who was a co-captain in 1980, was named an Honorable Mention All-American as a junior by the Associated Press and was named a Third-Team All-American by that same organization as a senior. McCallister was also a two-time First-Team All-East selection.

 

 

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