Four members of the Hiram College football team have been selected to the 2013 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams for their individual efforts this season. Senior defensive back Josh Peacock (Carson City, Nev./Carson) was selected second-team and junior offensive lineman Kyle Bates (Painesville/Harvey), senior linebacker John Davis (Newton Falls) and sophomore defensive back Tevin Weaver (Garfield Heights) were honorable mention picks.
Josh Peacock ends his four-year career with his second All-Conference selection and his first second-team accolade. He was a honorable mention award winner last season as a junior. This past fall, Peacock finished second on the team and was tied for seventh in the NCAC in tackles with 85 (51 solo and 34 assists) and had 3.5 tackles for loss. He posted four games with 10 or more tackles, including 18 stops against DePauw (Ind.) University on Nov. 9. Peacock was tied for the team-lead in both interceptions (three) and pass breakups (five). In addition, he had one fumble recovery which he returned for 78 yards in the game against Denison back on Sept. 14. In addition to his role on defense, Peacock was also the team’s top punter who averaged 34.6 yards per punt in 48 attempts. He had eight punts land inside the 20-yard line and five punts of 50 or more yards.
For his career, Peacock recorded 319 tackles (176 solo and 143 assists), including 17 tackles for loss. He tallied seven career interceptions to go along with 18 pass breakups, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks.
“Josh started at Hiram for four years and will be missed tremendously,” said Head Coach Randy Moore. “Josh was one of the more physical, instinctive and athletic safeties in the NCAC. He is not just a very good football player but a great young man and leader that I know will have a fantastic future.”
Kyle Bates was a mainstay on the offensive line this season playing in all 10 games. He helped the team accumulate 2,466 total yards of offense this fall and averaged 246.6 yards per game. The Terrier offense rushed for 767 yards and threw for 1,699 yards. As a unit, the offense had a season-high 450 yards (93 rushing and 357 passing) against The College of Wooster on Sept. 28. Bates is the third offensive lineman in as many seasons to garner All-Conference accolades.
“It’s an honor to be named all conference, especially with the rough year we had,” said Bates. “Also, it means a lot to me after a the 2012 football season, it shows the progress I’ve made and will continue to make.”
“Kyle is an offensive tackle that has his best football in front of him,” stated Moore. “Kyle consistently graded out the highest amongst our offensive linemen all season. Kyle will step into a leadership role and lead us to a very successful 2014 season.”
John Davis capped a stand-out two-year playing career at Hiram with his first All-NCAC selection. The 2013 season saw Davis lead the Terriers, and finish fifth in the conference, in tackles with 88 (39 solo and 49 assists), including three tackles for loss. He recorded five games of 10 or more tackles this season that includes a 15-tackle effort against DePauw on Nov. 9. In addition to his 88 stops, Davis tallied one sack, two pass breakups and had a forced fumble.
Davis transferred to Hiram prior to the start of the 2012 season and ends his career with 169 total tackles (70 solo and 99 assists). He also recorded seven tackles for loss, two sacks, four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
“John transferred in from Notre Dame College and played the last two years,” said Moore. “John was a true leader on and off the field that put in the time necessary on and off the field to be one of the top linebackers in the NCAC.”
Tevin Weaver has now recorded back-to-back seasons as a All-Conference defensive back. He was also a honorable mention pick last season as a freshman. In 2013, Weaver finished eighth on the team in tackles with 33 (18 solo and 15 assists), including 2.5 tackles for loss. He was third on the team in pass breakups with four and had one interception. Weaver was not only a threat defensively, but also on special teams as a kick returner. In 25 attempts, he averaged 23.5 yards per return and had one return for touchdown of 84 yards that led to a victory against Westminster (Pa.) College in the season opener on Sept. 7. His 23.5 yards per return topped the NCAC and his 587 total return yards were also the highest in the conference. In addition, Weaver was one of two players in the conference to record a TD return on a kickoff.
“Tevin is a two-time all-conference player that we are looking forward to bigger and better things the next two seasons.” added Moore. “Tevin an athletic and instinctive player that is not only a factor as a return man but also is one of the better cornerbacks in the NCAC.”