The 2014 All-Midwest Conference football teams were announced on Tuesday and six Lake Forest College players made the list, including First Team All-MWC South selections John Preston, Ramel Samuel, Pat Clark, and Joey Kropp.
Preston, a senior linebacker, led the Foresters and ranked 11th in the conference with 84 tackles. He also intercepted a pass, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and added four pass breakups. Preston had at least four tackles in every game and reached double figures five times. He finished his career with 277 tackles, which ranks seventh in program history. He was also a First Team All-MWC selection in 2013.
Samuel, a senior defensive tackle, made 52 stops on the year and added a sack and 3.0 tackles for loss. He also recovered a fumble. Samuel made at least five tackles in six contests with a high of 11 at Cornell College on November 1. He surpassed 100 career tackles in the season finale against Ripon College on November 15.
Clark, a junior safety, tied for third in the conference with five interceptions and 27th with 66 tackles on the year. Each of his interceptions occurred in a different game and he returned them a combined 74 yards. Clark made a season-high 10 tackles against Monmouth College on October 18 and had at least four stops in every contest. His nine career interceptions rank ninth in team annals.
Kropp, a senior safety, was named to the First Team as a returner. He ranked second in the league with 199 punt return yards and 8.0 yards per return. In addition, he was third in the conference with 24.6 yards per kickoff return. Kropp finished as the Foresters' all-time leader with 557 career punt return yards and is one of only four players in program history to surpass 1,000 kickoff return yards. Kropp also ranks second in team history with 9.8 yards per punt return in his career and fifth with 22.0 yards per kickoff return.
Senior offensive lineman Bryan Feltman and sophomore running back Charlie Quinn were named to the South's Second Team. Feltman started all 10 games at right guard and helped the Foresters rush for at least 100 yards in all but two contests. Quinn ran for a team-high 733 yards and six touchdowns and his 81.4 rushing yards per contest ranked sixth in the league.
The Foresters won their last two games of the season to finish 4-6 overall and 2-3 in MWC South Division play. They finished fourth in the divisional standings and defeated Ripon College, the fourth-place team from the North Division, 26-23 in the season finale on November 15.