MOREHEAD – Four Morehead State University football players have been tabbed to the official Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team. Senior quarterback Austin Gahafer, senior linebacker Ryan Bennett, junior defensive lineman Colt Briggs and junior offensive lineman Liam Maloney are on the team.
The Eagles will open the season on Sept. 3 at James Madison with the home opener set for Sept. 10 versus VMI.
Gahafer, who hails from Louisville, is the reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Year. Gahafer finished 2015 with 3,244 yards and 24 scores through the air. He also rushed for three touchdowns and caught two scoring tosses, accounting for 291.5 total offensive yards per game. Gahafer ranked in the top five in the nation in passing yards and completions per game (26.4). He was a nominee for STATS National Offensive Player of the Year.
His 291 completions rank fourth on the league’s single-season top-10 list and his 510 attempts are third most in league history. With one season remaining, Gahafer already ranks fourth in PFL career history in completions (842) and attempts (1,386), eighth in yards (8,514) and ninth in touchdowns (60). He needs 1,738 yards in his senior season to set the MSU career passing mark, held by his current QBs coach Zach Lewis, and 2,717 yards to break the PFL career standard.
Bennett, an Alpharetta, Ga., product, paced the defensive unit and ranked seventh in the league with 96 total stops. Bennett, who had five double-digit tackle efforts, also had 4.5 tackles for loss. He recorded a career-best 14 stops against Dayton.
Maloney, who is from Liberty Township, Ohio, blocked for an offensive unit that led the conference in passing yards (314.8) and ranked second in total offense (416.6). The line also led the PFL for the second straight year in fewest sacks allowed.
Briggs, a native of Wilmington, Ohio,led the Eagles with 10.5 tackles for loss and finished with 46 total stops. He had a career-best 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 10 total tackles in a shutout against Davidson.