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CRAWFORDSVILLE â€” North Judson product C.J. Gum was named North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year a second straight year for the conference champion Little Giants, while Plymouth grad Austin Hodges was named to the All-NCAC defensive first team, and younger brother and fellow defensive back Houston Hodges was given All-NCAC Honorable Mention.
Gum, a fifth-year senior and inside linebacker, leads the Giants with 77 tackles this season, including 12 tackles for a loss and one and a half sacks.
Austin and Houston each boast two interceptions, while Austin has 44 tackles, and Houston has 20 tackles with six pass breakups in just eight games after sitting out three games with a shoulder injury.
Wabash head coach Erik Raeburn has been named the NCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after guiding the Little Giants to a perfect 10-0 regular season mark for the ninth time in program history, while Wabash freshman linebacker A.J. Akinribade was selected as the North Coastâ€™s Newcomer of the Year.
The Giants ran the table in the regular season to claim their sixth NCAC title all-time before extending their overall record to 11-0 with a 38-20 victory over Illinois College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Wabash plays North Central College in the second round of the NCAA tourney on Saturday in Crawfordsville.