Ten individuals integral to the history of the Shippensburg University football team were named last week to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) 150 Contributors list that was announced at an event held inside the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center on the campus of Lock Haven University.
A full day of programming by the conference office on Monday also included the announcement of the PSAC preseason coaches’ polls, the presentation of the league’s annual Heaslip Media Award to CUTV’s Gary Smith, speeches from long-time radio voices Jack Benedict (IUP) and Jim Doyle (Bloomsburg), and a media junket with the head coaches.
The PSAC’s 150 Contributors were named in recognition of college football’s sesquicentennial (150th) season. The nominees were comprised of representatives from each current member institution. Those in consideration were identified by each institution as individuals who had made significant contributions to college football.
According to the league, guidelines were put in place to have representation from each submitting institution to determine the formation of the final 150. A committee comprised of seven former sports information directors then made selections to finalize the PSAC’s 150 Contributors.
The PSAC is honored to present this group as representatives of the countless student-athletes, coaches, administrators and other contributors to the 150 years of college football.
Shippensburg players/coaches selected to the PSAC’s 150 Contributors:
John Bay (1935-38) – A native of Shippensburg, Bay was the leading scorer on the 1935 Pennsylvania Conference championship team – the first in school history. A fullback on offense and a linebacker on defense, Bay contributed to teams that compiled a 25-4-3 career record and allowed just 101 points over the course of four seasons. Meanwhile, in that same timespan, he scored 25 career touchdowns. Bay’s 150 career points are 50 percent more than the entire Red Raider team allowed during his four-year tenure as a player. He later served Shippensburg as an assistant football coach, a field representative for alumni affairs, and as a liaison to the PIAA.
Rob Davis (1988-89, 1991-92) – A native of Washington, D.C., Davis is a two-time All-PSAC and All-ECAC defensive lineman who earned American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America honorable mention as a senior. Davis totaled 353 tackles with the Red Raiders – a school record for the most by a down lineman, and amassed 34 tackles-for-loss (TFLs). Following his time with the Red Raiders, Davis won a Canadian Football League (CFL) championship with the Baltimore Stallions and went on to a 10-year National Football League (NFL) career. The first modern Red Raider to play in the NFL, Davis played 167 consecutive games for the Green Bay Packers – the third-longest streak in team history behind Brett Favre (255) and Forrest Gregg (187). Davis is also the first Red Raider to play in a Super Bowl. He was a long-time member of the Packers front office following his retirement as a player, including a stint as the Director of Player Development.
Tim Ebersole (1979-82) – A native of York, Ebersole is the 1981 PSAC and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year who quarterbacked the Red Raiders to the national semifinals – a performance which remains the longest postseason run in Shippensburg’s history. A two-time All-PSAC and All-ECAC performer and a two-time honorable mention All-American, Ebersole broke or tied 31 school records, finishing his career with 4,658 passing yards and 45 touchdowns. After graduation, Ebersole was an assistant football coach at Lebanon Valley before returning to his alma mater, where he has served in a variety of positions for the last 22 years. He is currently SU’s professional development coordinator.
Brent Grimes (2001-05) – A native of Philadelphia, Grimes is the PSAC’s all-time career leader in interceptions (27). A four-time All-PSAC performer at defensive back (including First Team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior) and a three-time All-PSAC performer as a return specialist, Grimes was an electric presence on the football field who finished as a three-time All-American and holds numerous school records, including 1,133 career punt return yards. After his time at Shippensburg, Grimes has spent the last 12 years in the NFL as a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl pick, Grimes has totaled 33 career interceptions and registered 575 career tackles. Grimes is the first Red Raider to play in the NFL’s Pro Bowl.
Trevor Harman (2011-14) – A native of Mechanicsburg, Harman is the PSAC’s all-time career leader in receptions (321) and receiving touchdowns (61) – both totals which rank among the Top 5 all-time in NCAA Division II history. His school-record 4,249 receiving yards rank second in PSAC history, and his 370 career points are also a Top 5 ranking in PSAC history. Overall, Harman set 17 school records and caught at least one pass in all 46 of his games as a Red Raider. He had 21 career 100-yard receiving games, including SU single-game records of 18 receptions, 288 receiving yards and five touchdowns at Kutztown in 2012. Following graduation, Harman earned a preseason tryout with the Arizona Cardinals.
Spencer Keyes (1951-54) – A native of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., Keyes was the face of Shippensburg State football teams that produced a PSAC-record 20-game winning streak from 1951-54 – a record that still remains to this day. A two-time All-Pennsylvania Conference (PC) and All-Pennsylvania performer, Keyes scored 26 career touchdowns – including 16 touchdowns of 40 or more yards. In 1953, Shippensburg went 8-0 and Keyes was both the leading rusher and scorer on the squad with 66 carries for 588 yards and nine touchdowns. The 1953 Red Raiders were the only college to lead the nation in total defense, rushing defense and passing defense in the same season. Keyes was a varsity letter-winner in football, basketball, baseball and track & field at Shippensburg. After graduating, Keyes was the acting superintendent for Baltimore public schools in the early 1970s and later became the Administrator of the Division of Civil Rights and International Relations for the New York Education Department.
John Kuhn (2001-04) – A native of York, Kuhn is a two-time AFCA All-American and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American who graduated with 27 school records and four PSAC records. His six rushing touchdowns in a 2002 victory over California (Pa.) remains the conference benchmark. A three-time All-PSAC performer, Kuhn is the 2003 PSAC Western Division Offensive Player of the Year. Among his many prestigious SU records include 4,685 career rushing yards, 5,300 career all-purpose yards and 53 career rushing touchdowns. The two-time PSAC Top 10 award winner went on to have a 13-year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. Kuhn was a two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection who finished with 658 career rushing yards, 642 career receiving yards, 26 career touchdowns and seven career playoff touchdowns.
Mark ‘Mac’ Maciejewski (1989-92) – A native of Punxsutawney, Maciejewski was an All-American defensive lineman for the Red Raiders who has since become the second-winningest head coach in school history after taking over the position in 2011. One of just three players in program history to receive All-PSAC First Team honors in three consecutive seasons at the same position, Maciejewski earned AP All-America Third Team honors as a junior and senior. His career included 216 tackles, including a school-record 51 TFLs, and 23 sacks. As the Red Raider head coach, Maciejewski has tied a school record with eight consecutive winning seasons. A two-time AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year, Maciejewski has directed Shippensburg to a 62-29 record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in eight seasons while averaging a league-best 38.9 points per game during his tenure.
Rocky Rees (1990-2010) – A native of Morristown, N.J., Rees is Shippensburg’s all-time coaching wins leader – having totaled 123 victories in his 21-year tenure as the Red Raider head coach. Rees is eighth in PSAC history for the most wins recorded at a member school. He guided the Red Raiders to three NCAA Tournament appearances in his career, earning four PSAC Coach of the Year awards and three Regional Coach of the Year awards. From 2001-04, the Red Raiders set a then-school record for the highest win total for any four-year span in history with a record of 32-13. As a player at West Chester, Rees was tremendous fullback for the Golden Rams who was later elected into the Killinger Foundation Football Hall of Fame. During his tenure as a head coach, Rees was a well-respected member of the AFCA, including a term as the organization's president from 1999 to 2000.
Zach Zulli (2010-13) – A native of Schwenksville, Zulli is the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy winner as the top football player in NCAA Division II. A two-time All-PSAC First Teamer, Zulli ranks third in PSAC history with 123 career passing touchdowns and sixth in PSAC history in both career total offense (11,633) and career passing yards (10,988) despite just three seasons as a quarterback. The AP All-American broke 25 school records, seven conference records and four national records during an unprecedented junior season in 2012. He set or tied NCAA single-season marks for passing touchdowns (54), total offense touchdowns (56), touchdowns responsible for (57) and points responsible for (344) while surpassing previous PSAC single-season records with 342 completions, 544 pass attempts and 4,747 passing yards. His post-SU career included a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks and a short stint with the Montreal Alouettes.