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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Athletic Conference has released its 2015 All-OAC teams and special awards. Capital University junior Brent Walton headlines a trio of Crusader representatives having been named to the second team following a record-breaking season.
Walton, a junior B-back in the Crusaders' triple option offense, totaled 875 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns despite an injury-shortened season. He averaged 125.0 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry during a season in which he became Capital's all-time leading rusher.
Walton had a superb start to the season by posting 516 yards and nine touchdowns over his first three games, including a 28-carry, 207-yard performance at home in a thrilling win against Muskingum University under the lights. He succumbed to a foot injury in Capital's rivalry game against Otterbein, but tied the program's all-time rushing yards record, exactly, before exiting. After missing three games, he returned against Heidelberg University and on his first carry of the day broke the Capital record en route to getting back to his old way with another 100-plus yard rushing game. He also came close to Capital's single-season rushing touchdown total, currently held by Al White (14, 1959).
Junior slotback Nick Waters (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) and sophomore linebacker Derek Eibon (Amherst, Ohio) received All-OAC honorable mention honors. This marked both players' first all-conference honor.
Waters contribute heavily in the slot after sophomore Cory Heeter went down with an injury and was a steady provider on special teams. Waters had 64 carries for 351 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a touchdown reception. He also finished in the top-10 in kickoff return yards (638, 2nd) and kickoff return average (19.3, 8th), while also placing 13th in all-purpose yards (1,027).
Eibon finished second on the team in total tackles (68) and tackles per game (6.8) while also adding 2.5 tackles for loss. He also had one pass breakup in his first season in the starting linebacker spot.