BW’s Dugan is Yellow Jacket TD Club MVP and Basar is NFF Scholar Award Winner
BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin Wallace University senior safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor) and senior offensive center Jimmy Basar (Parma) each will be honored this winter. Dugan as BW’s Most Valuable Player to the Cleveland Touchdown Club and Basar by the National Football Foundation as BW’s Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Dugan will be honored on Saturday, March 3 when the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities holds its annual awards dinner on the BW campus in its Strosacker College Union at 6:00 p.m. Basar will be honored on May 8 when the NFF hosts its annual awards dinner at LaCentre in Westlake at 6:00 p.m.
Dugan, an exercise science major and one of four team captains, was a three-year starter, four-year varsity contributor and a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree, including as a first-team selection this fall. He also earned second-team selection All-OAC honors in 2009 and 2010. This season, Dugan had 57 tackles, including 30 solo stops, and two interceptions, seven total pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He ended his career with 186 tackles, 12 interceptions and 45 pass breakups. Dugan’s 12 thefts ranks fifth all-time in school history and his 45 breakups is fourth all-time. He also earned OAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for a career-high 16-tackle performance in a 20-6 victory against Ohio Northern University.
“Ryan had an exceptional four-year career and was one of the best safeties in the OAC at least the last three years,” said veteran Yellow Jacket Head Coach John Snell. “Not only was a he a good safety, he was an even better team leader and a solid student. We are pleased for Ryan and his family. He is deserving of this honor.”
Basar, a physics major who carries a 3.3 grade point average and was a team captain, also was a three-year starter who helped lead an offense that averaged 370.1 yards and scored 30.2 points-per-game. He intends on attending graduate school next fall.
“Jimmy was a key member of our offensive line the past three years and a great team leader,” said Snell. “He brought together our entire line and that had a large bearing on our offensive success the past three years. Jimmy also is a strong student who intends on attending graduate school. He is definitely a scholar-athlete.”
The Yellow Jackets had an outstanding season and finished with an 8-2 overall record and second in the OAC at 7-2.
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