Coppage, Leipold top WIAC honorees
UW-Whitewater senior running back Levell Coppage repeated as the WIAC Player of the Year, and Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold is the WIAC Coach of the Year for the third straight season.
UW-River Falls running back, Taylor Edwards, a Janesville Parker High School graduate, was named to the All-WIAC football team announced Wednesday.
Edwards, a 6-1, 208-pound senior, gained 1,109 yards, averaging 110.9 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. Coppage rushed for 1,405 yards, averaging 140.5 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
Coppage, the only player in WIAC history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in four seasons, owns WIAC career records for yards (7,080) and touchdowns (98). The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder has carried 241 times for 1,405 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
Coppage joins seven Warhawks teammates on the all-league first team.
The other first-teamers are 6-3, 225-pound senior quarterback Matt Blanchard; 6-2, 195-pound junior wide receiver Tyler Huber; 6-3, 311-pound offensive lineman Logan Allemand; 6-3, 250-pound senior defensive lineman Casey Casper; 6-1, 240-pound senior linebacker Greg Arnold; 5-11, 177-pound junior defensive back Noah Timm, and 5-9, 188-pound junior kicker Eric Kindler.
Casper led Whitewater in tackles for a loss (9 for 35 yards) and quarterback sacks (5.5 for 22 yards). He made 43 tackles, tied for second on the team, while also contributing a blocked pass, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Arnold led the Warhawks with 45 tackles despite missing three games with an injury. He was a second-team all-league pick in 2010.
Timm tied for the lead in the WIAC with five interceptions and was second in passes broken up. Timm also has 33 tackles.
Blanchard completed 163 of 238 passes with three interceptions for 2,133 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Huber led the Warhawks’ receivers with 54 catches for 903 yards and eight touchdowns.
Leipold is in his fifth season as Whitewater head coach with a 67-3 record overall and 43-1 mark in the WIAC.
He has directed the Warhawks to five WIAC titles, four consecutive Division III title games and three national championships, and a 40-game win streak, the longest active streak in college football and tied for the fifth longest ever.
UW-Whitewater went 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the WIAC during the regular season. The Warhawks begin the NCAA Division III playoffs at noon Saturday hosting Albion (Mich.) College at Perkins Stadium.
TE—Jake Wiederholt, Platteville, 6-6, 266, sr.
QB—Matt Blanchard, Whitewater, 6-3, 225, sr.
RB—Levell Coppage, Whitewater, 5-9, 180, sr., Taylor Edwards, River Falls, 6-1, 208, sr. ; Ben Hertrampf, La Crosse, 5-11, 210, soph.
WR—Garrie Fox, Oshkosh, 5-11, 185, sr.; Tyler Huber, Whitewater, 6-2, 195, jr.
OL—Logan Allemand, Whitewater, 6-3, 311, sr.; Tyler Butzler, Stout, 6-5, 310, sr.; Grant Malmquist, Stevens Point, 6-6, 295, sr.; John Nicholas, Oshkosh, 6-5, 285, sr.; Matt Withrow, Platteville, 6-4, 281, sr.; Eric Allen, Oshkosh, 5-10, 285, sr.
P—Christian Hallingstad, La Crosse, 5-10, 170, Jr.
K—Eric Kindler, Whitewater, 6-0, 179, jr.
RS—Greg Klingelhutz, River Falls, 5-9, 188, sr.
All-purpose—Joel Yogerst, River Falls, 5-11, 223, sr.
DL—Casey Casper, Whitewater, 6-3, 250, sr. ; Jimmy Hall, Eau Claire, 6-4, 268, jr.; Ryan Immel, La Crosse, 6-4, 225, sr.; Corey Marks, Platteville, 6-3, 240, jr.; Vince Sciano, Oshkosh, 6-5, 235.
LB—Greg Arnold, Whitewater, 6-1, 240, sr. ; Taylor Goodman, Oshkosh, 6-0, 220, jr.; Ryan Pearcy, Stout, 5-11, 205, sr.; Nick Snyder, Platteville, 6-1, 220, jr.
DB—Derek Dreher, La Crosse, 6-2, 205, sr. ; Ryan McWethy, Platteville, 6-1, 215, jr.; Joe Mleziva, Stevens Point, 6-0, 205, sr.; Noah Timm, Whitewater, 5-11, 177, jr.
Player of the Year—Levell Coppage, Whitewater.
George Chryst Coach of the Year—Lance Leipold, Whitewater
Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete—Greg Klingelhutz, River Falls.