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Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium Defensive Line And Linebackers Named

Oct. 18, 2009

ANNAPOLIS, Md.--Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Bill Dow (1964-67), Tim Jordan (1978-81), Bob Kuberski (1989-92), Andy Person (1992-95), Eric Rutherford (1981-84), Jeff Sapp (1973-76) and Charlie Thornton (1976-79) have been named to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium Team as defensive linemen; and Clint Bruce (1993-96), Andy Bushak (1972-75), Mike Kronzer (1977-80), David Mahoney (2003-06), Vince McBeth (1983-86), Andy Ponseigo (1980-83) and Tyler Tidwell (2003-06) have been named to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium team as linebackers. The team was selected as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Defensive Linemen
 

Bill Dow

Tim Jordan

Bob Kuberski

Andy Person
 

Eric Rutherford

Jeff Sapp

Charlie Thornton
 
Linebackers
 

Clint Bruce

Andy Bushak

Mike Kronzer

David Mahoney
 

Vince McBeth

Andy Ponseigo

Tyler Tidwell
 

The 14 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 for the Washington Post Christian Swezey.

Dow earned three varsity letters (1965, '66, '67) and was team captain of the 1967 squad that earned victories over Penn State, Michigan, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Army. As a senior he was named an Honorable Mention All-American, All-East and played in the North-South All-Star Game. Additionally, he was named the winner of the Thompson Trophy, which is presented to the midshipman that has done the most during the year for the promotion of athletics at the Naval Academy.

Jordan earned two varsity letters (1980 and '81) and was co-captain of the 1981 squad that went 7-4-1 and lost to Ohio State in the Liberty Bowl, 31-28. In Jordan's junior year, the Mids posted an 8-4 mark and played Houston in the Garden State Bowl. Jordan was also on the 1978 Liberty Bowl team. He recorded 16 tackles for a loss in both 1980 and `81, which is tied for the fourth most in school history. As a senior, he was named First-Team All-East, an Honorable Mention All-American and played in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game.

Kuberski earned three varsity letters (1990, '91, '92) and was a two-time First-Team All-East selection at defensive tackle. As a junior, he recorded 86 tackles, including 52 solo stops, and a team-high five tackles for a loss. He recorded 80 tackles, including a team-high tying 11 tackles for a loss as a senior. Kuberski finished his career with 240 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss

Person earned four varsity letters (1992, '93, '94. '95) in a stellar career that saw him finish as Navy's all-time leader in sacks (22) and tackles for a loss (44). He recorded eight sacks his senior campaign, which is tied for the third most in school history for a single season, while his 15 tackles for a loss that year stands as the eighth most in school history. He was named First-Team All-Independent as a senior and was presented the Washington DC Touchdown Club's Timmie Award, which was given to Navy's Most Valuable Player.

Rutherford earned three varsity letters (1982, '83, '84) and was co-captain of the 1984 team that shocked No. 2 South Carolina, 38-21. He compiled one of the greatest seasons for a defensive lineman in school history as a senior, recording a school-record 20 tackles for a loss and nine sacks (second most in school history). His 38 -career tackles for a loss stands third all-time at Navy. He was selected for the Hula Bowl as a senior.

Sapp earned three varsity letters (1974, '75, '76) and was co-captain of the 1976 squad. As a junior, Sapp helped lead Navy to the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy with a 17-0 victory over Air Force and a 30-6 victory over Army as the Midshipmen finished with a 7-4 record. Sapp was named a Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-East as a senior and was selected to play in the Japan Bowl. He was also named the winner of the Thompson Trophy his senior year.

Thornton earned three varsity letters (1977, '78, '79) and helped lead Navy to the inaugural Holiday Bowl in 1978 where the Mids defeated BYU, 23-16. Thornton was part of two Commander-In-Chief's Trophy championship teams (1978 and `79), while being named a two-time Honorable Mention All-American and a two-time First-Team All-East selection. He recorded 37 tackles for a loss in his career; the fourth most in school history, while his 18 tackles for a loss in 1979 are the third most in a season.

Bruce earned four varsity letters (1993, '94, '95, '96) and was co-captain of the 1996 team that went 9-3 and defeated California in the Aloha Bowl. He finished his career with 328 tackles, the fourth most in school history, while playing in the Blue-Gray and Hula Bowl All-Star games. He was named the Annapolis Touchdown Club's Navy Most Valuable Player as a senior.

Bushak earned three varsity letters (1973, '74, '75) and helped lead Navy to the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in 1973 and '75 and a perfect 3-0 mark against Army where the Mids outscored the Black Knights, 100-6. As a senior, Bushak helped lead Navy to the school's first winning record in eight years (7-4) thanks to a defense that was ranked third in the country in total defense. Navy's biggest win that year was a 17-0 shutout of a Tony Dorsett led Pitt squad that went on to win the National Championship the following year. Bushak was an Honorable Mention All-American as a senior and was a two-time All-East selection. He was selected to play in the Coaches All-American Game and was the winner of the Cooke Memorial Football Award, which is presented to the senior on the football team that did the most to promote team spirit.

Kronzer earned three varsity letters (1978, '79, '80) and helped lead Navy to the 1978 Holiday Bowl and 1980 Garden State Bowl. Navy posted a 24-11 record in the three years that Kronzer lettered, winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in 1978 and `79. Kronzer recorded 148 tackles his senior year, the fourth-most tackles in a season in school history. He finished his career with 309 tackles, the fifth most in school history. He was named an Honorable Mention All-American and First-Team All-East as a senior.

Mahoney earned four varsity letters (2003, '04, '05, '06), while helping lead Navy to four Commander-In-Chief's Trophies, four bowl games (Houston, Emerald, Poinsettia and Meineke Car Care) and two bowl victories (Emerald and Poinsettia). The Mids were 35-15 in Mahoney's four years, including a 10-2 mark in 2004. He finished his career second all-time at Navy in tackles for a loss (42) and sacks (21). His eight sacks and 16 tackles for a loss in 2005 stand third and fourth, respectively, for a single season. He played in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game as a senior.

McBeth earned four varsity letters (1983, '84, '85, '86) and was team captain of the 1986 squad. He started at defensive back for two years before moving to linebacker as a junior. He finished his career with 306 tackles, the sixth most in school history, while his 154 tackles his senior year stands second all-time at Navy for a single season. McBeth was named Honorable Mention All-East as a senior and was awarded the E.E. "Rip" Miller Trophy, which is presented to the season's most valuable player as voted on by his teammates, and the Annapolis Touchdown Club Silver Helmet Award, which is also given to the Most Valuable Player at the Naval Academy.

Ponseigo earned four varsity letters (1980, '81, '82, '83) and was team captain of the 1983 squad. He helped lead Navy to the 1980 Garden State Bowl against Houston and the 1981 Liberty Bowl against Ohio State. He recorded a remarkable 500 tackles in his career, 146 tackles more than any other player in school history. His 169 tackles as a junior are the most in school history for a single season, while his 152 tackles as a sophomore rank third. He was named First-Team All-East and a Third-Team All-American both his junior and senior campaigns. As a senior, he was named the winner of the Thompson Trophy and the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to the midshipman of the graduating class that has excelled in athletics over his four years at the Academy.

Tidwell earned three varsity letters (2004, '05, '06) while helping lead Navy to three-straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies, three-straight bowl games (Emerald, Poinsettia and Meineke Car Care) and two bowl wins (Emerald and Poinsettia). Navy was 27-10 in Tidwell's four years, including a 10-2 mark in 2004. As a junior, Tidwell recorded a school-record 10 sacks, while his 19 tackles for a loss are the second most in school history. He finished his career with 16 sacks, the third most in school history. He was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game as a senior.

 

 

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