Rams place three on All-MWC Football Teams
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Football - Wed, Nov. 16, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – Three Cornell seniors have been recognized on the 2016 All-Midwest Conference Football Teams, it was announced Wednesday by the MWC office.

Charles Zilaitis (SR/Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) earned first team honors at the tight end/fullback position, while Gabriel Noyce (SR/New Glarus, Wis.) landed on the league's first unit at punter. Andrew Joseph (SR/New Orleans, La.) gathered second team accolades on the defensive line.  

Zilaitis is just the ninth player in Cornell history to gain first team all-conference recognition three years in a row. The 6-foot-5 tight end was tabbed First Team All-MWC South Division in 2015 and 2014.

Zilaitis was a big target in Cornell's passing game, hauling in 20 receptions for 305 yards and three TDs – all in the final seven games of the season. He averaged 15.2 yards per catch with a long of 42.

Zilaitis played in 38 career games for the Rams. He finished with 37 receptions for 585 yards and four TDs.

Noyce became Cornell's first all-conference punter since 1996 (Aaron Evans). He led the MWC in punting at 38.1 yards per boot, the highest season average by a Ram since 1984. Noyce's 2,247 punt yards rank second on Cornell's single-season list. His 59 attempts tied for fourth.

Noyce uncorked a 75-yard punt – the second-longest recorded by a Ram player – against Illinois College. He had seven punts of at least 50 yards and placed 20 inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Noyce, also a starting receiver, led the team with 53 receptions.

For his career, Noyce punted 145 times for 5,172 yards. Both totals rank third all-time at Cornell.

Joseph was named second team all-MWC for the second year in a row. The disruptive 6-foot-2 end tied for fourth in the league with 12.0 tackles for loss and also posted a team-high 4.5 sacks, good for fifth in the MWC.

Joseph led Cornell's defensive line with 47 total tackles, 29 solo. He recorded five quarterback hurries.

In 33 career games, Joseph finished with 41.5 tackles for loss, the fourth-most ever by a Ram. He ranks sixth with 15.5 career sacks.

The senior trio helped guide Vince Brautigam's Rams to a 5-5 overall record. The team took sixth in the 11-team MWC with a 4-4 mark.