Football Receives 8 NAC All-Conference Honors
Friday, November 18, 2011
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford College football team made strides this season, as is evidence by the number of All-Conference honors. The eight All-NAC awards ties for the most the Regents have ever received since joining the conference starting in the 2008 season. This year marks the first time Rockford has had multiple players named to the 1st Team All-NAC, and the first time the Regents have had a player named Co-Freshman of the Year.
Freshman linebacker Seth Swinehart (Rockford, Ill./East) was named NAC Co-Freshman of the year and earned 2nd Team All-NAC honors. Swinehart was the only freshman in the conference to make either first or second team All-NAC. He came in and made an immediate impact on the Regents defense this past season leading the team in both total tackles with 91 and assisted tackles with 55. Swinehart also finished 6th in the NAC in both total tackles and assisted tackles and ranked tied for 98th in Division III in total tackles.
Junior Anastacio Zamba (Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley) was the first of two Regents selected 1st Team All-NAC. Zamba led the conference with 51 receptions and 797 receiving yards. His 51 receptions ranks him tied for 90th in all of Division III and his 79.7 receiving yards per game ranks him 63rd in Division III. He also finished the season tied for 7th in the NAC with 5 receiving touchdowns. In addition, Zamba broke or tied 3 school records as well. He set the season mark for receiving yards with 797, he set the record for reception in a season with 51, and he tied the record for receptions in a game with 11.
Senior offensive lineman Ryan Zmia (Streator, Ill./Streator) was named 1st Team All-NAC. Zmia, a 4-year player and 3-year starter, was an anchor at tackle for the Regents this season. The 6-5 320 pound senior started every game that he played in this year. In addition, to making a position change from guard to tackle this season, Zmia was also the long snapper on field goals for the Regents.
Senior kicker Anthony Beres (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) earned 2nd Team All-NAC honors. Beres was perfect on his extra point attempts this season going 22-22 and also went 3-5 on field goal attempts. The senior made two field goals over 30-yards this year including a career long 37-yard field goal. Beres also handled the punting duties for Rockford College. He punted the ball 58 times for 1897 yards and led the NAC with 16 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Junior defensive back Jeremiah Montgomery (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) was named 2nd Team All-NAC. Montgomery scored 3 defensive touchdowns this year for Rockford: two of them on interception returns and one on a fumble return. He finished in the top 5 in the conference in a handful of categories. He led the NAC with 170 interception return yards, he tied for 3rd with 3 forced fumbles, he tied for 4th with 2 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions, and he also blocked an extra point. His 4 interceptions ranks tied for 79th in Division III in 2011.
Freshman tight end Dane Kirk (Rochelle, Ill./Rochelle) received Honorable Mention All-NAC. Kirk who was asked to do a lot of blocking this season also managed to catch 3 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore linebacker Will Brannock (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth) was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Brannock recorded 45 tackles, had 1.5 sacks and forced 3 fumbles on the year.