BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor) and senior offensive center Jimmy Basar (Parma) each will be honored this winter. Dugan as B-W's Most Valuable Player to the Cleveland Touchdown Club and Basar by the National Football Foundation as B-W's Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Dugan will be honored on Saturday, March 3 when the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities holds its annual awards dinner on the B-W campus in its Strosacker College Union at 6:00 p.m. Basar will be honored on May 8 when the NFF hosts its annual awards dinner at LaCentre in Westlake at 6:00 p.m.
Dugan, an exercise science major and one of four team captains, was a three-year starter, four-year varsity contributor and a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree, including as a first-team selection this fall. He also earned second-team selection All-OAC honors in 2009 and 2010. This season, Dugan had 57 tackles, including 30 solo stops, and two interceptions, seven total pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He ended his career with 186 tackles, 12 interceptions and 45 pass breakups. Dugan's 12 thefts ranks fifth all-time in school history and his 45 breakups is fourth all-time. He also earned OAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for a career-high 16-tackle performance in a 20-6 victory against Ohio Northern University.
Ryan had an exceptional four-year career and was one of the best safeties in the OAC at least the last three years, said veteran Yellow Jacket Head Coach John Snell. Not only was a he a good safety, he was an even better team leader and a solid student. We are pleased for Ryan and his family. He is deserving of this honor.
Basar, a physics major who carries a 3.3 grade point average and was a team captain, also was a three-year starter who helped lead an offense that averaged 370.1 yards and scored 30.2 points-per-game. He intends on attending graduate school next fall.
Jimmy was a key member of our offensive line the past three years and a great team leader, said Snell. He brought together our entire line and that had a large bearing on our offensive success the past three years. Jimmy also is a strong student who intends on attending graduate school. He is definitely a scholar-athlete.
The Yellow Jackets had an outstanding season and finished with an 8-2 overall record and second in the OAC at 7-2.