All-North Coast Athletic Conference Football
November 23, 2009
Hudson, a senior quarterback, led the Little Giants to their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III tournament and a second-place finish in the conference. He earns the Gregory Award for the second straight season, and is the sixth player to earn the honor in back-to-back years. He led the North Coast in passing (279.6 yards per game), total offense (292.0 yards per game), and pass efficiency (169.5). Hudson finishes his career with 8,420 yards in 34 games and 79 touchdown passes. He ranks second in Wabash history and third in NCAC history in career passing yards. He is second in both school and conference history in career TD passes.
Vallery, a junior defensive lineman, dominated NCAC champion Tiger opponents with 57 tackles (33 solo), 20 tackles for losses of 121 yards, and 14.5 sacks for another 111 yards lost. He also broke up five passes, forced two fumbles and blocked a pair of kicks. Vallery helped fuel a defensive unit that allowed only nine touchdowns through the first round of the NCAA playoffs, including just three on the ground. The Wittenberg defense led the league in total defense (164.2 yards allowed per game), passing defense (100.7 yards allowed per game), rushing defense (63.5 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (6.1 points allowed per game). The Tigers spent most of the season atop the NCAA defensive categories as well.
Ohio Wesleyan freshman defensive end James Huddleston (Pontiac, MI/St. Marys Prep) is the North Coast’s Newcomer of the Year. He contributed 48 stops, three sacks and nine tackles for loss for the Battling Bishops.
Wittenberg's Joe Fincham has been named Coach of the Year for the sixth time after guiding his team to a perfect 10-0 regular season record, their ninth North Coast title and an NCAA Division III tournament bid for the first time since 2006. He has a 125-29 record in 14 seasons at the helm.