2015 All-Hancock County Team: Defense

Thaddaeus Muse

New Palestine, Defensive Lineman, sr

Muse was a force to contend with at defensive tackle. Standing 5-foot-8 and weighing in at 263 pounds, the senior recorded 44 total tackles (20 solos), 3.7 tackles per game, three sacks, a forced fumble and 10 tackles for a loss. His production skyrocketed in the postseason with 24 total tackles and four for a loss.

Andy Kim

Greenfield-Central, Defensive Lineman, SR

A proven leader on both sides of the ball, the 5-foot-8, 250-pound team captain was named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference as a senior. On defense, he finished with 28 total tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. A top-flight blocking running back, he led the Cougars with 543 yards rushing, seven touchdowns and 144 yards receiving.

Charles DeGraff

Mt. Vernon, Defensive Lineman, jr

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound defensive end bull rushed his way toward 92 total tackles (57 solos) to earn All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honors as a junior. DeGraff averaged 8.4 tackles per game and recorded a team-best 15.0 tackles for a loss to go with a team-high eight sacks. His eight quarterback takedowns equated to 48 negative yards.

Jordan Workman

New Palestine, Defensive Lineman, sr

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior earned a well-deserved All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection this fall behind a workmanlike effort at defensive end for the 5A state runner-up Dragons. Fifth on the team with 56 total tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 4.0 takedowns per game, Workman added four sacks and a forced fumble.

Joseph Izbicki

New Palestine, Linebacker, sr

Named the 2015 All-County Defensive Player of the Year, Izbicki’s accolades didn’t stop there. The senior linebacker also earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference and Indiana Football Coaches’ Association Class 5A Senior All-State honors. Izbicki led the Dragons in total tackles (104) and tackles for a loss (14.0). He also forced two fumbles, recovered three and scored three touchdowns.

Nathan Seifert

Mt. Vernon, Linebacker, jr

The 6-foot-2 junior was devastating on both defense and offense. Seifert led the team and the county with 150 total tackles (86 solos) and averaged 13.6 tackles per game. He had seven tackles for a loss and recorded a sack, a pick and a forced fumble. The All-HHC honoree also rushed for 940 yards, nine touchdowns and had 120 yards receiving.

Owen Hunt

Eastern Hancock, Linebacker, sr

Where there was a tackle to make, Hunt appeared. The leading takedown artist for the Royals, the 5-foot-9 All-Mid-Indiana Football Conference linebacker logged 117 total tackles on the season with 12.0 going for a loss. He averaged 10.6 tackles per game and added two sacks in addition to two interceptions. He forced a fumble and recovered one as well.

Mitch McCarthy

Mt. Vernon, Linebacker, jr

Ranked second in total tackles in the county and for the Marauders, McCarthy recorded 137 takedowns overall with 71 solos and 66 assists. The 5-foot-11 linebacker averaged 12.5 tackles per game, had six for a loss and added two sacks and an interception. He was named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honorable mention.

James Crumlin

New Palestine, Linebacker, sr

As the Dragons’ starting weakside linebacker, Crumlin had only one gear and he hardly downshifted. Blazing through opposing blockers for a team-best six sacks, the senior was fourth- best in total tackles (61) and third with 12 tackles for a loss. He had one interception on the year along with three fumble recoveries to earn All-HHC honors.

Jimmy Campbell

Mt. Vernon, Defensive Back, sr

A two-way starter for the Marauders before suffering a late season-ending injury, Campbell brought his best to the gridiron every night. On defense, he had 20 total tackles, five for a loss and recorded two sacks and an interception. At quarterback, he passed for 602 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 510 yards and six scores.

Clayton Brumfield

Eastern Hancock, Defensive Back, sr

At 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds, Brumfield was a ball hawk for the Royals. The senior led the defense with six interceptions and 20 pass defenses. He was named All-Mid-Indiana Football Conference and recorded 30 total tackles with one tackle for a loss. Used sporadically in the passing game, he caught three passes and had one touchdown reception.

Adam Kincaid

New Palestine, Defensive Back, jr

A versatile threat on defense and offense, Kincaid earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honorable mention and was named to the Indiana Football Coaches’ Association’s Class 5A Junior All-State Team. As a safety, he had two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a sack and 70 total tackles. On offense, he rushed for 378 yards and nine touchdowns.

Logan Greene

New Palestine, Defensive Back, sr

Greene was a true dual threat at cornerback and wide receiver. On defense, he tallied 47 total tackles (29 solos) for 3.4 on average with two going for a loss. The All-HHC honoree led the team with three interceptions, eight pass defenses and two fumble recoveries. On offense, the senior caught 40 passes for 683 yards and eight touchdowns.

Caleb Beyers

Eastern Hancock, Defensive Back, sr

Named to the All-Mid-Indiana Football Conference First Team, Beyers ranked second-best in total tackles with 93, averaging 8.5 per game and 33 solo tackles overall. The 6-foot-1 senior had 7.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions and seven pass defenses to go with three forced fumbles. He also had 218 kick return yards.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

New Palestine — Luke Ely, Demetre Mitchell, Brady Walden. Mt. Vernon — Josh Williams, Damari Gatewood, Tevin Hope. Greenfield-Central — Bryce Ratliff, Christian Henderson, Lee Dullaghan, Johnny Bowen. Eastern Hancock — Cole Cochard, Jared Waterman, Dakota Myers.