Warhawks put stamp on honor squad

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Gazette Staff
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
— UW-Whitewater placed five former players on D3foot?ball.Com's 2000-09 all-decade team Tuesday.

Running back Justin Beaver, defensive tackle Ryan Kleppe, and placekicker Jeff Schebler are first-team selections. Linebacker A.J. Raebel and offensive tackle Max Sakellaris are third team picks.

Eligible players had to graduate in that span or play the majority of his career between 2000 and 2009. Mount Union’s Cecil Shorts, a junior in 2009, is listed, but Whitewater’s Levell Coppage, who was a sophomore, was not eligible.

Beaver played from 2004-2007 and earned All-America honors three years in a row. His freshman year was the only season he did not receive national honors. Beaver concluded his career as the thirdleading rusher in NCAA Division III history, posting a school and league record 6,584 yards.

Beaver also holds the second (2,455 in 2007) and third (2,420) highest totals for single season rushing.

The WIAC Player of the Year and WIAC Max Sparger Scholar Athlete in 2007, Beaver capped his career with the Gagliardi Trophy, the top student athlete in Division III that same year.

Kleppe, an all-American in 2005 and 2006, is third in career sacks in both Whitewater and WIAC record books with 30. His 64 career tackles for a loss is second in the WIAC book.

In 2006, Kleppe notched 14.5 sacks, second in the school and league record book, and 24 tackles for a loss, seventh all-time in the WIAC. Kleppe was also the WIAC Max Sparger Scholar Athlete in 2006, when he was also named the D3football.com ? Defensive Player of the Year.

Schebler is the only Whitewater athlete to earn all-America honors each of his four years. His 470 points scoring by kicking is the alltime NCAA record, for any division.

Schebler is eighth in career scoring, including all skill positions. His season totals for field goals rank first (22 in 2008), second (21 in 2007) and fifth (18 in 2006) in the WIAC record book, where he is also first in career field goals with 75.

He owns the top four field goal production seasons in UW-W history, and his 83 points after touchdown and his career PAT total of 245 are rank No.1. Following the 2009 season Schebler earned the Fred Mitchell Award, given to the top placekicker in Division II/Division III (combined).

Sakellaris was an all-American in both 2005 and 2006. He played a key role in blocking for Beaver, and his 2006 unit helped the Warhawks average 4.6 yards per rush, 403.2 yards per game, and 36.1 points per game in 2006. That group also gave up just 11 sacks in fifteen games.

Raebel was an all-American pick in 2006 and 2007. He is still first in the school record book in career tackles (359) and solo tackles (193). He is also seventh in career assisted tackles (166), and tenth in career sacks (15.5). His 2007 totals of 77 solo tackles and 111 total tackles rank fourth and ninth, respectively, in the school record book. Raebel’s totals for career tackles and career tackles for a loss rank fourth and sixth, respectively, all-time in the WIAC.

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