Ramstein, Rota, Bitburg place five players apiece on All-Europe football squads
A pair of familiar powers and one rising one contributed five players apiece to the 2015 All-Europe football team, announced Tuesday by DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore. Contingents representing the Bitburg Barons, Ramstein Royals and Rota Admirals claimed the lion’s share of the 36 available roster spots.
Rota, which rode its breakout season all the way to the Division II championship game, was rewarded with nods for running backs Andrew Flemming and Andres Torres, defensive linemen Andrew Drake and Robert Rivera and defensive back Armani Walker.
Ramstein, which turned in an undefeated regular season before falling in the Division I semifinals, placed linemen Clesson Allman, Jacob Greiner, and Cole De Tingo on the squad along with defensive backs Kyle Glenn and Brendan Hicks.
Bitburg, a Division II semifinalist, landed linebackers Ernie Carrasco and John Blake and linemen Jaylon Gray, Jakub Jackowski and Curtiss Wilson on the squad.
Seniors Bailey Ward of Ansbach and Eric Arnold of Wiesbaden headline the 18-man offensive unit at the quarterback position. Ward led the Cougars to a second straight Division II championship, while Arnold settled in at the helm of a diverse Wiesbaden offense to lead the program to its second consecutive appearance in the Division I title game.
Ward’s teammate, recently-named Stars and Stripes football Athlete of the Year Tyler Benton, led a surge of star sophomore running backs including Marcus Smith of Lakenheath and Adarius Gallon of Alconbury. Hohenfels senior Tony Saintmelus, Stuttgart senior Myles Bryant and the Rota duo of Flemming and Torres rounded out the backfield.
Bryant was one of four Stuttgart standouts to make the All-Europe team in the wake of the Panthers’ surprise run to their first-ever European championship. Wide receiver Jamie Ensley and linemen Eli Spencer and Jeremy Nix joined Bryant on the squad. Division II champion Ansbach also placed four players on the roster as offensive lineman Sam Sasser and defensive lineman Jox Baughman joined Ward and Benton.
Wiesbaden, the team Stuttgart bested for the Division I title, earned three All-Europe nods, including Arnold and preferred receiving targets Keyshaun Green and Carlos Ortiz.
Seadore was joined on the selection committee by coaches Marcus George of Ansbach, Ken Walter of Rota, Phil Rigdon of Hohenfels, Steve Jewell of Wiesbaden and Billy Ratcliff of Stuttgart.
Offense QB Bailey Ward, Ansbach (Sr.) QB Eric Arnold, Wiesbaden (Sr.) RB Adarius Gallon, Alconbury (Soph.) RB Tyler Benton, Ansbach (Soph.) RB Tony Saintmelus, Hohenfels (Sr.) RB Marcus Smith, Lakenheath (Soph.) RB Andrew Flemming, Rota (Sr.) RB Andres Torres, Rota (Jr.) RB Myles Bryant, Stuttgart (Sr.) WR Jamie Ensley, Stuttgart (Sr.) WR Carlos Ortiz, Wiesbaden (Sr.) WR Keyshaun Green, Wiesbaden (Sr.) OL Sam Sasser, Ansbach (Sr.) OL Clesson Allman, Ramstein (Sr.) OL Jacob Greiner, Ramstein (Sr.) OL Jaylon Gray, Bitburg (Sr.) OL Jakub Jackowski, Bitburg (Sr.) K/P Ryan Rimmler, Kaiserslautern (Sr.)
Defense DB Armani Walker, Rota (Sr.) DB Kyle Glenn, Ramstein (Jr.) DB Brendan Hicks, Ramstein (jr.) DL Curtiss Wilson, Bitburg (Sr.) DL Adriane Hines, Naples (Sr.) DL Andrew Drake, Rota (Soph.) DL Cole De Tingo, Ramstein (Sr.) DL Colten Menges, Lakenheath (Sr.) DL Derek Davis, Vilseck (Jr.) DL Eli Spencer, Stuttgart (Sr.) DL Jeremy Nix, Stuttgart (Sr.) DL Robert Rivera, Rota (Sr.) DL Jox Baughman, Ansbach (Jr.) LB Ernie Carrasco, Bitburg (Jr.) LB John Blake, Bitburg (Sr.) LB Drew Pinckney, Vilseck (Sr.) LB Manny Gamboa, Aviano (Sr.) LB Jacob Williamson, Alconbury (Sr.)