Dalton, Passafiume earn all-America recognition

Seniors Daniel Passafiume (Louisville, Ky.) and Andy Dalton (Guilford, Ind.) have earned pre-season first-team all-America recognition from the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL).

Passafiume, a three-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection at wide receiver, has been a pre-season all-American in each of the past two seasons. However, he missed the entire 2011 campaign with mononucleosis.

During the 2010 season, Passafiume became Hanover’s career receptions leader after posting a Heartland Conference-best 91 catches for 958 yards and 11 touchdowns. The effort raised his career total to 254 receptions, which surpassed the Panthers’ previous mark of 249 set by all-American Tarrik Wilson from 1996 to 1999.

Passafiume set the NCAA’s all-divisions record for receptions in a game with 25 catches in a 2009 contest against Franklin College. The outing eclipsed a mark previously held by NFL hall-of-famer Jerry Rice (1983) and Chas Gessner (2002).

Dalton, a linebacker, is a three-time all-Heartland Conference honoree. He has been a first-team selection each of the past two seasons.

He has totaled more than 300 tackles in his career and, as a junior, led the HCAC with 107 tackles. He also posted 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and three interceptions.

Dalton set a Hanover record with an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown against Bluffton University (Ohio) last season.

The Collegiate Development Football League is devoted to providing skill development and scouting opportunities for post-high school and post-college players between the ages of 18-25. The CDFL is nationally recognized for the “D3 Senior Classic,” “FCS Senior Scout Bowl” and “D2 vs. NAIA Senior Showcase” all-star games.

Hanover will open its 2012 campaign Saturday, Sept. 1, on the road against Illinois College. The contest will start at 1 p.m. CT in Jacksonville, Ill.

The Panthers’ home debut will be Sept. 8 against Wabash College at L.S. Ayres Field. The game will begin at 1:30 p.m. and marks the first of three consecutive home dates for the squad.

Hanover’s first Heartland Conference tilt will be Sept. 15 at home against Mount St. Joseph. After a bye week, Baudendistel's squad will host the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Sept. 29 in the annual Hall of Fame Game.