10.28.13 FOOTBALL: Five Cavaliers Selected to the All-Time Mid-States Football Association Mideast Team

Football, 2013-10-28

(FINDLAY, Ohio) As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Mid-States Football Association, Information Director Larry Alter has chosen all-time Mideast League and Midwest League teams.

The selections feature players from 16 of the 24 schools which have competed in the MSFA since the association was formed in 1994. Only four of the charter members – Trinity International, Taylor, Saint Xavier and Olivet Nazarene – remain as part of the 14-team MSFA.

Representing the Cavaliers are Derek Besgrove (TB, 2000-03, Oregon, OH/Clay), Chris Brink (TE, 2000-03, Wadsworth, OH/HS), Mike Galassi (OL, 2006-07, Strongsville, OH/HS), Doug Neff (OL, 1998-2001, Louisville, OH/HS) and Darryl Lyons (KR, 2001-04, Toledo, OH/Waite). Besgrove, Brink and Neff are members of Walsh’s Wall of Fame.

Besgrove: 2000 NAIA All-American honorable mention … 2002 NAIA All-American 2nd team … 2003 NAIA All-American 1st team …  2002 & 2003 Mideast League Player of the Year … 2002 & 2000 NAIA Player of Week … 2000, 01, 02, & 03 Mideast League running back … 6-time Mideast League Player of Week … All-time MSFA leading rusher with 5,738 yards … Led MSFA in rushing in 2002 (1,679 yards, 18 TDs … No. 2 in NAIA with 152.6 yards per game) and in 2003 (1,781 yards, 21 TDs … No. 3 in NAIA with 161.9 yards per game) … Ran for a MSFA freshman record 1,288 yards in 2000 … Walsh finished 38-14 with a Mideast League tri-championship in 2001 during Besgrove’s career

Brink:  2003 NAIA All-American 1st team … 2000, 01 & 02 NAIA All-American honorable mention …2000, 01, 02 & 03 Mideast League tight end

Galassi: 2006 & 07 AFCA NAIA All-American 1st team … 2006 & 07 Mideast League offensive lineman

Lyons: 2002 NAIA All-American 2nd team … 2004 NAIA All-American 1st team … 2002 NAIA Player of Week … 2001, 02 & 04 Mideast League return specialist …. 2002, 03 & 04 Mideast League defensive back … 2-time Mideast Player of Week …. No. 1 in NAIA in kickoff return average of 32.3 yards per return in 2002; No. 2 in 2001 at 31.2 yards per return … Holds MSFA single-game record for 254 punt return yards vs. Saint Francis, IN in 2004 and an best of 63.5 yards per return based on minimum of 4 returns … Shares MSFA game record with 2 kickoff returns for TDs vs. Saint Francis, IN in 2004

Neff: 2000 NAIA All-American 2nd team … 2001 NAIA All-American 1st team … 2000  & ’01 Mideast League offensive lineman