Thompson earns 2nd team OAC football honor


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The Ohio Athletic Conference announced its football postseason awards and three Wilmington College student-athletes were honored,.

Junior C.J. Thompson (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) earned second team All-OAC honors following his first full season as a starter.

“C.J. Thompson being selected as second team All-OAC is a tremendous honor for him and a testament of the type of talent he possesses,” said head coach Stacey Hairston. “As a young team, we did not have a lot of success, but C.J. played hard each week and the other coaches recognized his quality play. There were a lot of great linebackers in the OAC and C.J. is right there with them. He is one of our top players and he will be a dominant player in this league next year.”

Thompson led the team, and was eighth in OAC, with 78 tackles. His nine tackles for loss also led the Quakers and were 12th in the conference.

Junior Darren Milligan (Franklin, OH/Carlisle) and junior P.J. Meyer (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) earned honorable mention selections.

Milligan led WC defensive linemen with 43 tackles, while Meyer finished with 42 receptions for 621 yards and a team-high two touchdowns.

“P.J. Meyer had an amazing season for us. He was our main go to guy on offense and he fought through injuries the whole year,” said Hairston. “This was by far his best season as he was fourth in the OAC in receiving yards. P.J. was right in the middle of many great WRs in the OAC this season and he very easily could have garnered more accolades with his play. Starting at WR for the first time, he certainly didn’t show it as he consistently made play after play. We are expecting P.J. to continue his hard work and dedication through the off-season and prepare himself and our team for more success next year.

“Darren Milligan had his best season yet,” Hairston continued. “He has developed into a very aggressive, hard-nose football player. He is a non-stop competitor when he is on the field and he has become one of our main leaders.”

Wilmington finished the 2016 season 0-10 overall and 0-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

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