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Football Lands Five on All-MIAA Teams

The Kalamazoo College football All-MIAA performers.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - In a release by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday morning, five Kalamazoo College football players were named to All-MIAA teams.

Headlining the group is Noah Coplan as he is the lone member of the First Team. Four players were named to the Second Team including Anthony Giovanni, Greg Kearns, Josh Martin, and Jake Sypniewski

Coplan, a junior from River Forest, Ill. (Oak Park & River Forest), has been nabbed as a First-Team member for the second straight season. The defensive lineman stepped-up his game even after his All-MIAA sophomore season as he improved on 29 tackles a year ago to make 56 this season. After earning 6.5 tackles for loss and four sacks last season, Coplan improved those numbers to 9.5 and 5.5, respectively. He also forced a fumble and was in on a pass breakup for the first time in his career. 

Giovanni, a senior from Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison), was a do-it-all member of the Kalamazoo team and is being honored by the league as the Second Team return specialist. On kickoffs, Giovanni ran for 218 yards on 10 tries for an average of 21.8 yards per return. He earned 106 yards on 10 punt returns including his longest return of 30 yards against Finlandia. Giovanni collected 613 all-purpose yards during his senior campaign and averaged 87.6 yards per game. He also passed for 18 yards while serving as the team's wildcat quarterback. This marks the first time Giovanni has been named to an All-MIAA team.

Kearns, a senior from Howell, Mich. (Howell), also earned his first All-MIAA recognition after being named MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week four times throughout his career. Kearns was the most accurate kicker with more than one field goal attempt in the MIAA this season as he converted 80% of his tries. He also connected on 19 of 20 extra-point attempts which tied for the highest percentage in the league. Kearns finished his Hornet career with the second-most made field goals in school history with 29 and his 76 percent field-goal percentage is the highest clip in Kalamazoo's 127-year football program. 

Martin, a junior from Lansing, Mich. (Grand Ledge), is being named to an All-MIAA team for the first time as he has been named a Second-Team defensive lineman. After playing consistently in his first two seasons with the Hornets, Martin's numbers jumped during his junior campaign. He matched his tackle total from the first two seasons in just 10 games this year with 74. Martin was also in on 9.5 tackles for loss. Of those tackles for loss, 6.5 were for a sack which ties for the second-most in the MIAA. He also forced a fumble in Kalamazoo's first game of the season.

Sypniewski, a senior from Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest Hills Eastern), is also earning his first All-MIAA award. The defensive back got off to a quick start for his final season as a Hornet as he tallied three interceptions including one with less than one minute remaining in Kalamazoo's 3-0 win over Oberlin in week one. His five interceptions on the season were the most in the MIAA as no other player had more than three. Sypniewski was in on 56 tackles throughout the season including back-to-back weeks with double digits against Olivet and Hope.