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Gallaudet cleans up ECFC postseason awards, Tatum named Defensive, Special Teams Player of the Year, Todd Bonheyo named Rookie of the Year

Gallaudet cleans up ECFC postseason awards, Tatum named Defensive, Special Teams Player of the Year, Todd Bonheyo named Rookie of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its fourth annual all-conference teams on Thursday and 13 Gallaudet University student-athletes earned honors for their play this season. Following a remarkable season, senior Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) received four separate honors, including conference Defensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also selected to the All-ECFC First Team Offense as a return specialist and First Team Defense as a cornerback. For the fourth year in a row a Bison earned conference Rookie of the Year honors, as well, as freshman quarterback Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) was selected for the award. The Bison finished the 2012 season with a 7-3 overall record and a 5-2 record in the conference under the leadership of third-year head coach Chuck Goldstein. This marks the third year in a row that Gallaudet has received double-digit all-conference honors.

Coach Goldstein had the honor of coaching seven first-team players, four second-team players, one honorable mention player, the ECFC Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Year and the ECFC Rookie of the Year as a total of 93 different student-athletes representing eight programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2012 regular season.

Tatum's player of the year honors mark the first time that a Bison player has received such recognition from the conference and they come on the heels of a season in which the standout earned a slew of other awards. In September, Tatum was named the Division III Defensive Player of the Week by Beyond Sports College Network (BSCN) following his outstanding two-interception performance in a 47-27 win against Catholic. He also lined up as a wide receiver and caught a touchdown pass in the contest on a play that was named the D3football.com Play of the Week. D3football.com placed Tatum on its Team of the Week for the performance as well. Later in the month, he was named the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week following a 35-7 thumping of Apprentice School in which he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. He received the same honor a second time after accumulating 106 return yards, including a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown, in a 10-point loss to Norwich on Oct. 13. In November, Tatum received his second D3football.com Team of the Week honor and was named the ECFC Defensive Player of the Week following a 21-0 triumph over at Maritime (N.Y.) in which he took an interception back 80-yards for a touchdown. The senior finished the season with six interceptions (127 interception return yards), four touchdowns, and 333 punt return yards. Tatum was also the ECFC Rookie of the Year two years ago, his first season with the Bison football program.

Todd Bonheyo makes a pass Bonheyo earned the ECFC Rookie of the Year award after putting up outstanding numbers during his freshman campaign. As the quarterback at the helm of Gallaudet's option offense, he rushed 108 times for 690 total rush yards, good for fifth in the conference. He led the conference in yards per carry with 6.4 and had the eighth-longest run of the year (59 yards). He also passed the ball 106 times for a total of 772 yards (96.5 yards/game) and nine touchdowns. He was named ECFC Rookie of the Week on three separate occasions before an injury in the eighth game of the year cut his tremendous season short.

Junior offensive lineman Chris Langan (Burtonsville, Md.), and freshman fullback BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) joined Tatum in representing Gallaudet on the first team offense. Langan earns his second all-conference award in his career as he was tabbed as a 2011 honorable mention selection. He started all 10 games for the Bison this season and helped the Gallaudet offense rush for an average of 272.8 yards per game as well as 26 total rushing touchdowns. Flores was responsible for three of those touchdowns as the freshman started his Bison football career off with a bang. He finished the season with 448 rushing yards (5.27 yards/attempt). Twice Flores was named ECFC Rookie of the Week. The first came in the win against Catholic in which he racked up 99 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns. The second came on the heels of a 95-yard performance in a 29-22 victory over Mount Ida where he scored the game-winning touchdown.

With this year's selection, senior linebacker Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) became the first four-time All-ECFC first team defender in the history of the conference. Pangia finished the season with 64 total tackles, recording a season-high 14 against Catholic on Sept. 7. He also added 12.5 tackles for a loss for a total of 35 yards and an interception that he returned for 15 yards. Joining Pangia on the first team defense is fellow linebacker Jaris Alleyne (Waldorf, Md.) who improved upon his second team defense selection last year. The sophomore was outstanding for the Bison defense this season, recording a team-high 73 total tackles for an average of 8.1 tackles per game. Alleyne also had nine tackles for a loss of 39 yards, two sacks for a loss of 15 sack yards, an interception and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive lineman Jared Pearce (Reno, Nev.) and senior safety Shelby Bean (Arvada, Colo.) earned ECFC first team defense honors as well. Pearce was a dominant force on the Gallaudet defensive line this year, recording 44 total tackles and an ECFC leading 12 sacks for a loss of 72 sack yards. He finished second in the conference with 17 tackles for a loss (88 total yards) and added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Bean, who also serves as the team's punter, accumulated 58 total tackles and three forced fumbles from his safety position this season. He also came up with four interceptions (61 interception return yards) on the year, good for fifth in the conference.

Senior wide receiver Ryne Worsham (Chicago, Ill.), who was named to the ECFC first team offense last season, received second team honors this time around. He was the leading receiver for the Bison, catching 23 passes for 344 yards (15 yards per catch). Worsham finished tied for second on the team in touchdowns with seven, six of which came during conference play. Sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Snider (Thornville, Ohio) improved upon his ECFC honorable mention offense selection last year by jumping up to the second team this season. Snider played a prominent role in anchoring a Bison offensive line that produced the ECFC's second-most prolific rushing offense in just six games.

Senior defensive lineman Kevin Allen (Houston, Texas) and junior defensive end Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) represent Gallaudet on the conference's second team defense. Allen was an outstanding run-stopper for the Bison this season, recording 47 total tackles and eight tackles for a loss in 10 games played. He also sacked the opposing quarterback three times for a total of 21 sack yards. Talaat recorded 45 total tackles and 7.5 sacks on the season. He also had 12.5 tackles for a loss, forced five fumbles and had a fumble recovery. Following a win against Becker in which Talaat recorded four tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble, the junior was named both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Northeast Defensive Player of the Week and the ECFC Defensive Player of the Week. At the end of the season, Talaat was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team (District 2) for his excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

Junior running back Nick Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who took over as quarterback when Bonheyo went down with an injury, received honorable mention honors. On the season, Elstad rushed the ball 67 times for a total of 395 yards (5.9 yards/rush) and one touchdown. He also passed the ball 22 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns.

Castleton State senior quarterback Shane Brozowski received the conference's Offensive Player of the Year honor after throwing for 3,294 yards (366 yards per game) and 31 touchdowns. He completed passes at a 64.2 percent clip. Mount Ida head coach Mike Landers took home Coach of the Year honors. He led the Mustangs (8-2, 6-1 ECFC) to an ECFC title.

In four seasons, Gallaudet has had 51 players earn all-conference honors from the ECFC. GU has garnered four ECFC Rookie of the Year awards, one ECFC Defensive Player of the Year, one ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year and one ECFC Coach of the Year honor

The league's coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players, voted on the All-ECFC teams. The ECFC will be represented in postseason play by Mount Ida College, Castleton State College and Norwich University. The Mustangs will represent the conference in the NCAA Division III tournament on Nov. 17, against Wesley College in Dover, Del. Castleton State. Will go up against St. John Fisher in the ECAC Northwest Championship Bowl while Norwich will compete in the ECAC North Atlantic Championship Bowl against Endicott College on Nov. 17.

Below is a brief paragraph on each Gallaudet honoree (stats and rankings as of 11/15/2012).

ECFC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

BJ Flores, Fr., Running Back
ECFC Rookie of the Week twice (Sept. 10, Nov. 5)...6th in the conference for yards per rush (5.3 per carry)...10th in the conference in yards per game (49.8 yards)...12th in the ECFC in total yards rushed for at 448...15th in the conference with three touchdowns.
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Chris Langan, Jr., Offensive Line
2010 ECFC Honorable Mention...started 10 games on the offensive line that had the 10th best rushing offense in the country averaging 272.80 yards per game...opened up running gaps to help the Bison rush for over 300 yards in five different games...GU had a season best 416 rushing yards against Castleton State on Oct. 27...compiled over 500 yards of offense in a 44-14 win against Husson on Oct. 6...GU threw for a season best 230 yards against Norwich on Oct. 13...Gallaudet had the 2nd best rushing average in the conference...2nd in the conference in Time of Possession...2nd in the ECFC in 3rd down conversions with a 42%.

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Tony Tatum, Sr., Defensive Back & Return Specialist
ECFC Defensive Player of the Year & ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year
ECFC Co-Defensive Player of the Week (11/12)...Two-time ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week (9/24, 10/15)...Twice on D3football.com Team of the Week (9/12, 11/13)...D3football.com Play of the Week (9/12)...Beyond Sports Network Defensive Payer of the Week (9/11)...2011 ECFC First Team Defense...ranks 7th in Division III with a 15.14 punt return average...has returned 22 punts for 333 yards and two touchdowns...had a 75 yard punt return for a touchdown against Apprentice School on 9/22...had four punt returns for 106 yards and a 54-yard touchdown return against Norwich...leads the conference in punt returns and yards, average, touchdowns and long punt return. 

        Tony Tatum headshot

ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Jared Pearce, Sr., Defensive Line
ECFC Defensive Player of the Week (9/24)...ranks 10th in the nation for sacks with 1.20 per game...tied for 24th in Division III with 1.70 tackles for loss per game...his 12 sacks is the top mark in the ECFC...his 72 yards lost on sacks ranks 1st in the conference...ranks 12th in forced fumbles...has 17 tackles for loss for a loss of 88 yards...had two or more sacks in four different games, three times against ECFC opponents (Anna Maria, Husson, Mount Ida)...made a career-high 3 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss against Anna Maria on 9/29.

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Jaris Alleyne, So., Linebacker
2011 ECFC Second Team Defense....led the Bison with 73 tackles (53 solo) in nine games played...ranks 5th in the ECFC for solo tackles (53)...9th in the conference with total tackles (73) and tackles per game (8.1)...has 2 sacks for a loss of 15 yards...has 9 tackles for a loss of 39 yards...ranks 12th in the conference in forced fumbles...made one interception and returned it 51 yards against Mount Ida (11/03)...had 8 or more tackles in six of the nine games he played.

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Tom Pangia, Sr., Linebacker
Four-time All-ECFC First Team Defense...preseason All-American by USA Football, D3 Senior Classic, Beyond Sports Network...second on the team with 64 tackles in nine games played...tied for 97th in the nation in tackles for loss (1.25 per game)...in the conference he ranks in the top 16 in these categories tackles, tackles per game, solo tackles, assists, forced fumbles...had 14 tackles in Gallaudet's first-ever win over Catholic University of America, a series that dates back over 100 years.
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Tony Tatum, Sr., Defensive Back & Return Specialist
ECFC Defensive Player of the Year & ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year 
ECFC Co-Defensive Player of the Week (11/12)...Two-time ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week (9/24, 10/15)...Twice on D3football.com Team of the Week (9/12, 11/13)...D3football.com Play of the Week (9/12)...Beyond Sports Network Defensive Payer of the Week (9/11)...2011 ECFC First Team Defense...ranks tied for 29th in the nation in interceptions (0.60 per game)...leads the conference with 6 interceptions (127 return yards on INTs)...returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown against SUNY Maritime (11/10)...12th in the conference in forced fumbles...was targeted 41 times in 10 games and allowed 11 completions for average of 6.3 yards per game.

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Shelby Bean, Sr., Defensive Back & Punter
Ranks third on Gallaudet with 58 tackles (44 solos)...ranks third in the ECFC with three forced fumbles...ranks 5th in the ECFC with 4 interceptions...11th in the ECFC with 44 solo tackles...19th overall in the conference with 58 tackles...tied for 92nd in Division III for interceptions with a 0.40 per game average...had 8 pass breakups.

        Shelby Bean headshot

 

ECFC SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Ryne Worsham, Sr., Wide Receiver
2011 ECFC First Team Offense...had a touchdown reception in six different games...had two touchdown receptions against SUNY Maritime (11/10)...4th in ECFC with 7 receiving touchdowns...15th in the conference with 344 receiving yards (which is tops on Gallaudet)...ranks 16th in the ECFC with 23 receptions and 34.4 yards per game.

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Tyler Snider, So., Offensive Line
2011 ECFC Honorable Mention...started 6 games due to injury on the offensive line that had the 10th best rushing offense in the country averaging 272.80 yards per game...opened up running gaps to help the Bison rush for over 300 yards in five different games...GU had a season best 416 rushing yards against Castleton State on Oct. 27...compiled over 500 yards of offense in a 44-14 win against Husson on Oct. 6...GU threw for a season best 230 yards against Norwich on Oct. 13...Gallaudet had the 2nd best rushing average in the conference...2nd in the conference in Time of Possession...2nd in the ECFC in 3rd down conversions with a 42%.
        Tyler Snider headshot

 

ECFC SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Adham Talaat, Jr., Defensive Line
ECAC Division III Northeast Defensive Player of the Week (10/24)...ECFC Defensive Player of the Week (10/22)...2012 CoSIDA Football Academic All-District First Team...2011 ECFC Honorable Mention Defense...ranks 45th in Division III for sacks (0.75 per game)...ranked 97th in Division III for tackles for loss (1.25 per game)...ranked 2nd in ECFC in forced fumbles (5)...3rd in conference for sack yards (54)...4th in ECFC with 7.5 sacks...has 12.5 tackles for loss for 75 yards...recorded two or more sacks in three different conference games (Anna Maria, Becker, Mount Ida).

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Kevin Allen, Sr., Defensive Line
Fourth on the team with 47 tackles (32 solo)...fourth on the team with sacks (three), which ranks 15th in the conference...sack yards of 21 ranks 12th in the ECFC...his 32 solo tackles ranks 27th in the conference...had six or more tackles in four different games in the season....2009 ECFC Honorable Mention Defense.

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ECFC HONORABLE MENTIONS

Nick Elstad, Jr., Running Back
ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week (10/01)...a jack of all trades for Gallaudet the junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., played running back, quarterback and kick returner for the Bison...running the ball he rushed 67 times for 395 yards and one touchdown...at quarterback in 2.5 games he threw for over 100 yards and three touchdowns...he returned one kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown against Anna Maria.

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ECFC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Todd Bonheyo, Fr., Quarterback 
Three-time ECFC Rookie of the Week (Oct. 1, 8, 22)...ranks 5th in the ECFC in rushing with 690 rushing yards (86.2 yards per game) in 8 games played...leads the conference in average per rush with 6.4 per carry...tied for first in the ECFC with 12 rushing touchdowns...tied for 29th in the nation in scoring with 9 points per game…ranks 80th in Division III in rushing with an 86.25 yards per game...helped to guide the 10th best rushing offense in Division III...ran for a career-high 179 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns against Husson on Oct. 6, he also had one throwing TD in the 44-14 win...rushed for 169 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns and threw two TDs in a 52-24 win over Anna Maria on Sept. 29...had a three TD game against Becker as he ran for 88 yards on 14 carries on Oct. 20 and threw for one score.  

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