HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team had two freshmen nominated for HEROsports D3 Newcomer of the Year, with both players garnering top six finishes in the fan-voted poll last week.
Hanover was the only institution to have multiple players nominated for the Newcomer of the Year poll, and had two of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's three total candidates. Overall, freshmen Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) combined for 1,444 votes, the most any institution received during the poll's duration.
Treber finished second in the poll with 29.55 percent of the of the total votes, falling less than 100 votes shy of first place. Coane tallied 187 votes, good enough for nearly five percent of the total amount.
Treber led the HCAC and ranked among the top 25 nationally in NCAA Division III for total tackles per game, 10.9, as he made 98 stops in nine appearances this fall. The HCAC Rookie of the Year and first team selection also tallied double-digit tackles in four games, including 20 wrap-ups on two occasions.
Coane, who did not appear in Hanover's first two games of the season, averaged 145.3 all-purpose yards per game over the final eight contests. His all-purpose average was good enough for third in the conference, as he also led the team in both rushing and receiving touchdowns with seven and six respectively. Prior to the season finale, Coane, a HCAC second team pick, rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games and he also scored at least one touchdown in every appearance in 2017.
Both Treber and Coane were also named HCAC Players of the Week for their performances in the 31-28 victory over Bluffton during Homecoming weekend on Oct. 14. Treber went on to be named to the D3football National Team of the Week as well for his game against the Beavers.
Hanover finished 4-6 overall and 4-4 in HCAC play for the second consecutive year under head coach Matt Theobald. The team's season was highlighted by a 3-0 record during the month of October, where they outscored their opponents, 117-71, an average of 15.3 points per game.
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