In his first season as a starter, Ashland University junior tailback Vance Settlemire made some Eagle football history.
Settlemire finished the 2015 season with 19 touchdowns (13 rushing, six receiving) and 114 points – both of which are the best single-season marks in the 94 seasons of Ashland football.
A first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, Settlemire scored three touchdowns in the Eagles' 45-28 loss to Grand Valley State on Saturday (Nov. 21) in an NCAA Division II Super Region 4 quarterfinal at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field, and scored 11 touchdowns in the final four games of the season.
Settlemire has 34 touchdowns and 204 points in his Eagle career – the TD total tied for fourth in program history and the point total tied for eighth in Ashland annals. His 13 rushing touchdowns in 2015 are tied for the fourth-best season by an Ashland running back, and his 1,116 rushing yards are the 12th-best total all-time.
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Sophomore quarterback Travis Tarnowski ranks third in program history with 5,288 career passing yards and 46 career passing touchdowns. Among his 2015 numbers, Tarnowski's 3,121 passing yards are second-best, his 30 touchdown passes are third-best and his 3,248 yards of total offense are tops among AU players since 2008.
Sophomore tight end Adam Shaheen caught 70 passes this season, third-best in program history and the most all-time by an Ashland tight end.
Junior punter-quarterback-backup tight end Austin Bruns set a new program record for best single-season gross punting average (45.6), and is third all-time in career gross punting average (41.1).
Senior tailback Jordan McCune finished his career second all-time in total touchdowns at AU with 39, and fourth all-time in points with 234.
Sophomore kicker Aidan Simenc had 52 extra points (second-most in AU history) and 11 field goals (ninth-most) in 2015, and has 18 career field goals and 74 career extra points, both eighth-most for an Eagle.
Finally, sophomore cornerback Dale Irby's 24.9-yard kickoff return average this fall was the best for an Eagle since 2010.
Ashland's .909 winning percentage this season is the fifth-best in program history…AU's winning percentage in this decade of .738 (48-17) is the best of any decade in program history…The Eagles (16,957) will score their 17,000th all-time point early in the 2016 season.