Mazur leads five Lawrence selections to all-conference football team

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Tyler Mazur led the Lawrence University football team’s five selections to the All-Midwest Conference team.

Mazur (Reedsburg, Wis./Reedsburg), a senior wide receiver, was selected for the first team. Senior running back Ben Hartman (Portage, Wis./Portage) was a second-team selection on special teams, and sophomore wide receiver Dominique Dirden (Lancaster, Calif./Eastside), senior linebacker Jon Hope (Eagle River, Wis./Northland Pines) and junior defensive back Sam Wagner (Salem, Wis./Burlington Catholic Central) all received honorable mention.

Mazur, an all-conference selection in 2011, caught 53 passes for 1,139 yards and 13 touchdowns. Mazur led the Midwest Conference at 113.9 receiving yards per game. He finished sixth at 5.3 catches per contest and averaged a league-best 21.5 yards per catch. Mazur was fourth in the conference in scoring at 8.0 points per game and was the top receiver in that category.

Mazur, who had two 200-yard receiving games this season, became the first Lawrence player to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season since Zach Michael did it back in 2003. Mazur finished his career with 2,253 receiving yards despite being a wide receiver for only two seasons.

Mazur finished his career ranked fourth in receiving yards, fifth in catches (130), fifth in touchdown catches (25), fourth in total touchdowns (37) and fifth in points (224).

Hartman was honored on the all-conference team for the first time. Hartman finished fourth in the conference by averaging 19.1 yards per kickoff return and had a season-long 46-yard return against Monmouth College. Hartman finished third in the conference at 130.0 all-purpose yards per game.

Hartman ran 104 times for 597 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged a hefty 5.7 yards per carry and finished 10th in the league at 59.7 rushing yards per game. Hartman also caught 19 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown.

Dirden also was chosen for the all-conference team for the first time. He led the team with 58 catches and finished with 624 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Dirden finished third in the conference at 5.8 catches per game and was ninth at 62.4 receiving yards per contest.

Hope, who earned his first all-conference recognition, led the Vikings with 92 tackles and finished fifth in the conference at 9.2 tackles per game. Hope recorded double figures in tackles in four games, including a career-high 14 tackles against both Illinois College and Monmouth. Hope, who had 4.0 tackles for loss, also had a team-best three interceptions.

Chosen for the all-conference team for the first time, Wagner played half the season with a broken hand. Wagner led the Vikings with 12 pass breakups and 14 passes defensed. He finished second in the league at 1.40 passes defensed per game. Wagner, who finished with 39 tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss, recorded two interceptions. Wagner also recovered a fumble, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.

Lawrence finished the season with a 2-8 record.

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