BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Three members of the Union College football team were named to the Community Trust Bank 2016 Kentucky's Collegiate All-Commonwealth Team, the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced.
Representing the Bulldogs are Chandler Whittlesey, Serge Vita and Doug Jeter.
The Kentucky Collegiate All Commonwealth Team is a preseason recognition award for football players attending a Kentucky college or university. The player shall have the distinctive responsibility to lead his or her teammates in the classroom and on the field. Players that exhibit this unique leadership skill shall be nominated by the head football coach to be recognized as a member of the Kentucky Collegiate All Commonwealth Team.
The purpose of the Kentucky Collegiate All Commonwealth Team is to promote College football in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and to appropriately honor those players whose leadership on the field and in the classroom has demonstrated the potential leadership in the game of life.
Whittlesey, who was named to the team in 2015, threw for 1,708 yards and rushing for 636 yards. He had 14 touchdown passes and ran for eight more scores, meaning he had a hand in 22 of Union's 31 touchdowns.
Twice this season, Whittlesey had two passing and two rushing touchdowns in a game. The Columbus, Ga., native ranks ninth on the all-time rushing list with 1,477 career rushing yards and is fifth on the all-time passing list with 5,080 career passing yards.
Vita, a defensive lineman from Pasadena, Calif., posted 52 total tackles with 27 solos to go along with 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss. He also had a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Vita notched a season-high nine tackles and had a sack against Georgetown College on Oct. 17.
Jeter, a defensive back from Drayton, S.C., finished the season fourth on the team in total tackles with 51 with 38 solo stops. He had 2.5 tackles for a loss, an interception and two fumble recoveries. Jeter scored a total of eight points this season, returning an interception for a touchdown against Georgetown College on Oct. 17 and returning a blocked extra point for two points against Faulkner University on Nov. 14. He posted a season-high 10 total tackles against Campbellsville University on Sept. 19.
All three were named to the All-Mid-South Conference East Second Team with Vita also making the Academic All-Conference Team.
Union (1-9 overall, 1-4 MSC East in 2015) will open the 2016 season on Aug. 27 at Cincinnati Christian (Ohio).