RELEASE | Three Grizzlies Named All-North Region by D3Football, Burton Garners Offensive Player of the Year Honors

(L-R) Chase Burton, Deontez Alexander and Sam Burck
(L-R) Chase Burton, Deontez Alexander and Sam Burck

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FRANKLIN, Ind. – Three members of the Franklin College football team have been named to the All-North Region Team by D3Football.com. All three players named all-region starred for the Grizzlies on offense in 2017.

Seniors Chase Burton, Deontez Alexander and Sam Burck all collected their first career all-region honors from the website. Burton was named to the First Team offense and was chosen as the North Region Offensive Player of the Year. Both Alexander and Burck picked up Second Team All-Region selections.

Burton closed out his career with another dominant season under center for the Grizzlies. The Corydon, Ind.-native racked up 3,916 yards and 43 touchdowns while tossing just four interceptions in 2017. Burton completed 67.6 percent (267-for-395) of his pass attempts on the year, leading the Grizzlies to another Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) championship and a spot in the Division III playoffs.

At the end of the regular season, Burton was named the HCAC Offensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive year, and he finishes his career as the program's all-time leader in passing yards (11,579) and passing touchdowns (121).

Indianapolis, Ind.-native Alexander capped his career with 50 catches for 1,137 yards and a league-leading 18 touchdown grabs, 14 of which came from beyond 25 yards. Alexander was named First Team All-HCAC for the second straight year, earning his third career All-HCAC award in the process.

Another Indianapolis-native, Burck concluded a stellar season at the left guard spot for the Grizzlies. Burck's skill in pass protection helped Franklin quarterbacks throw for 4,478 yards, and he helped open holes for a Franklin running game that finished the year with 1,732 yards on the ground. Burck was also named first team All-HCAC for the second time in his playing career at the end of the year.