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Bison earn 11 All-ECFC awards, Goldstein named Coach of the Year

Bison earn 11 All-ECFC awards, Goldstein named Coach of the Year

WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its fifth annual all-conference teams on Thursday and Gallaudet University earned 11 honors for their play this season. GU coach Chuck Goldstein was selected by his peers as ECFC Coach of the Year after leading the Bison to a historic season. Gallaudet has been a national story after finishing the season 9-1, winning their first ECFC title and earning the first NCAA postseason berth for a men's team at Gallaudet.  

Gallaudet had five players on the first team, five on the second team and one received honorable mention accolades as a total 85 different student-athletes representing eight programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2013 regular season. Mount Ida College led the league with 15 selections followed by Norwich University with 14. Every team had at least eight selections of which two were first-team honorees. Mount Ida also tallied six first-team selections to lead the conference while Norwich had six second-team honorees.  

Goldstein led the Bison to a 9-1 overall record in '13 and a 6-1 mark in the conference, leading the Bison to their first ECFC title in school history. The Bison and Norwich tied for first-place but GU held the tiebreaker after a 30-22 win over the Cadets on Oct. 12. Gallaudet won their first nine games of the season and had a program best 11-game winning streak, dating back to last season, before they lost, 7-6, at SUNY Maritime. The ECFC title gave Gallaudet its first-ever NCAA tournament berth, where they will face off against Hobart College on Saturday, Nov. 23, at noon in Geneva, N.Y. The Bison are also the first men's sports team to make a NCAA appearance in Gallaudet history.   

Senior guard Chris Langan (Burtonsville, Md.) earned first team honors after leading one of the top rushing attacks in Division III. This is Langan's second consecutive year on the All-ECFC after leading a dangerous Bison rushing attack. He anchored an offensive line that led Gallaudet to the top scoring offense in the ECFC (38 touchdowns) and the top rushing attack in the ECFC (316.7 yards per game). Sophomore fullback BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) also earned first-team offense for the second straight year after an impressive 2013 campaign as the top rusher for the Bison. Flores was Gallaudet's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1987 after rushing 199 times for 1,051 total rush yards. He led the ECFC in rushes, ranked second in yards and yards per game (105.1), fourth in yards per rush (5.3) and fifth in total yardage (1,071).  

On the defensive side, all three first team honorees are all repeating All-ECFC selections as they continued their high level of play through the 2013 season. Junior linebacker Jaris Alleyne (Waldorf, Md.) earned his second first team nod after recording 84 total tackles (58 solo), an average of 8.4 tackles per game. Alleyne was named Beyond Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week after racking up 13 tackles (11 solo), including 4.5 tackles for a loss and one sack against Becker College. Joining Alleyne on the first team is senior defensive end Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.). Despite facing double teams throughout the season, Talaat managed to total five sacks, ranking ninth in the ECFC. Talaat was a major component in the defensive success of the Bison in 2013. Senior free safety Nicholas Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) made a smooth transition from offense to defense as he was the last representative for the Bison on the ECFC first team defense after grabbing three interceptions and tallying 47 total tackles on the season.  

Sophomore Todd Collins (East Islip, N.Y.) and senior Ryan Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) earned spots on the conference's second team offense. Collins was huge for the Bison up front as he helped open holes for both Flores and Bonheyo. Behind Collins, GU's offense racked up 3,167 yards on the ground, the most Gallaudet has accumulated since the program returned to Division III in 2007. Behind the offensive line, Bonheyo was able to rack up 497 yards on the ground including a team-leading nine touchdowns. 

Sophomore nose tackle Chris Richardson (Mobile, Ala.) was named to his first All-ECFC team as he earned a spot on the second team defense. Richardson was a force up front as he helped Gallaudet to be one of the best defenses in the ECFC. Like Elstad, junior defensive end Tyler Snider (Thornville, Ohio) was able to make the move from offense to defense and continue his success.  Snider ranked fifth in the ECFC in sacks (6.5), second in sack yards (47) and sixth in fumble recoveries (2). Fellow junior, defensive back AJ McCrea (Kennesaw, Ga.) earned a spot on the second team defense for the Bison as well  

Sophomore quarterback Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.), the 2012 ECFC Rookie of the Year, received honorable mention honors. On the season, Bonheyo rushed the ball 149 times for a total of 583 yards and seven touchdowns. He also passed the ball 22 times for 387 yards and two touchdowns.  

Anna Maria senior running back Robert Small took home ECFC Offensive Player of the Year honors as he led the league in rushing (136 yards) and all-purpose per game (157 yards per game) and was tied atop the league with 17 touchdowns. Husson senior defensive tackle Ernest Wiggins earned ECFC Defensive Player of the Year after accounting for 7.4 tackles per game and eight sacks in ten games this season for a loss of 44 yards. Mount Ida senior Frank Civitello was named ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year as he led the way for the Mustangs offense that averaged 123 yards on the ground and 193 yards through the air per game. Fellow Mustang defensive back D'Andre Smith earned ECFC Rookie of the Year after recording 5.1 tackles per game with two fumble recoveries, six pass breakups and three pass blocks. On special teams, Smith averaged 34.1 yards per kickoff return, putting him at third best in the nation.  

In five seasons, Gallaudet has had 62 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 two ECFC Coach of the Year honors. The Bison have had one major ECFC award winner every year since the league began in 2009.

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 Gallaudet and Norwich University. The Bison will represent the conference in the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday, Nov. 23, against Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. Norwich will go up against Springfield College in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl on Nov. 23. 

Below is a brief paragraph on each Gallaudet honoree (stats and rankings as of 11/21/2013).

ECFC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

BJ Flores, So., Fullback 
2012 All-ECFC First Team Offense...Gallaudet's first 1,000 yard rusher since 1987...top rusher for the fourth ranked rushing offense in Division III...leads the ECFC in rushes (199)...ranks second in yards (1,051) and yards per game (105.1)...ranks fourth in yards per rush (5.3)...ranks fifth in the ECFC in total yards per game (105.1) and fifth in total yardage (1,071)...helped the Gallaudet offense lead Division III in time of possession (35:49 average time of possession)...helped lead GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll.
        BJ Flores headshot
           
           

Chris Langan, Sr., Offensive Line
2012 All-ECFC First Team Offense…2010 All-ECFC Honorable Mention Offense…anchored an offensive line that led Gallaudet to the top scoring offense in the ECFC (38 touchdowns)…helped the GU rushing offense average 316.7 yards per game (ranked first in the ECFC and fourth in Division III)…Gallaudet's offensive line ranks second in the ECFC and 46th in Division III for sacks allowed (12)…helped lead GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll...GU's offense also leads Division III in time of possession (35:49 average per game)...the Bison rushed for 3,167 yards as a team the highest amount since the program returned to Division III in 2007...also helped to block for Gallaudet's first 1,000-yard rusher (BJ Flores) since 1987.

        Chris Langan headshot

ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Adham Talaat, Sr., Defensive Line
NFL pro prospect...2013 CoSIDA Football Academic All-District first team…2013 USA Football News Division III Preseason All-American…2012 ECFC All-Academic Team…2012 CoSIDA Football Academic All-American – Division III second team…2012 All-ECFC Second Team Defense…2012 CoSIDA Football Academic All-District First Team…2011 ECFC All-Academic Team…2011 All-ECFC Honorable Mention Defense…ranks ninth in the ECFC in sacks (5)…ranks third in sack yards (42)…helped lead a GU defense that ranked first in the ECFC in points per game (14.8), total points (148), rushing yards per game (100.5), total defense (260.5) and defensive touchdowns (3)...GU ranked No. 12 in Division III for total defense...the Bison allowed 14 or fewer points in 7-of-10 games and held three opponents to seven or fewer points...helped lead GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll.

        Adham Talaat headshot
           
           

Jaris Alleyne, Jr., Linebacker
2013 USA Football News Division III Preseason All-American – third team…Beyond Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10…2012 All-ECFC First Team Defense…2011 All-ECFC Second Team Defense…ranks fifth in the ECFC in solo tackles (58)…ranked eighth in total tackles (84) and eighth in tackles per game (8.4)...leader of the GU defense that ranked first in the ECFC in points per game (14.8), total points (148), rushing yards per game (100.5), total defense (260.5) and defensive touchdowns (3)...GU ranked No. 12 in Division III for total defense...the Bison allowed 14 or fewer points in 7-of-10 games and held three opponents to seven or fewer points...helped lead GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll.

        Jaris Alleyne headshot  
           
           
Nicholas Elstad, Sr., Defensive Back
2013 CoSIDA Football Academic All-District first team…2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Candidate…ECFC Defensive Player of the Week (09/16/13)…2012 ECFC All-Academic Team…2012 All-ECFC Honorable Mention Offense…2011 ECFC All-Academic Team…ranks third in the ECFC in interceptions (3)…helped lead a GU defense that ranked first in the ECFC in points per game (14.8), total points (148), rushing yards per game (100.5), total defense (260.5) and defensive touchdowns (3)...the Bison allowed 14 or fewer points in 7-of-10 games and held three opponents to seven or fewer points...helped the Bison win their first-ever ECFC championship, make their first NCAA tournament appearance, finish the season 9-1 and become nationally ranked in the AFCA coaches poll.
        Nicholas Elstad headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Ryan Bonheyo, Sr., Running Back 
2013 ECFC Offensive Player of the Week (11/11/13)…D3football.com Play of the Week (11/05/13)…2012 ECFC All-Academic Team…ranks second in the ECFC in yards per rush (5.5)…ranks third in the conference in rushing touchdowns (9)…big key to the Gallaudet offense that was the top scoring offense in the ECFC (38 touchdowns)…helped the GU rushing offense average 333.2 yards per game (ranks first in the ECFC and fourth in Division III)…helped the GU offense average 316.7 yards rushing per game (ranked first in the ECFC and fourth in Division III)…helped the Gallaudet offense lead Division III in time of possession (35:49 average time of possession)…guided GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll.

        Ryan Bonheyo headshot
           
           
Todd Collins, So., Offensive Line 
Helped lead an offensive line that led Gallaudet to the top scoring offense in the ECFC (38 touchdowns)…helped the GU rushing offense average 316.7 yards per game (ranked first in the ECFC and fourth in Division III)…Gallaudet's offensive line ranks second in the ECFC and 46th in Division III for sacks allowed (12)…helped lead GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll...GU's offense also leads Division III in time of possession (35:49 average per game)...the Bison rushed for 3,167 yards as a team the highest amount since the program returned to Division III in 2007...also helped to block for Gallaudet's first 1,000-yard rusher (BJ Flores) since 1987.
        Todd Collins headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

 

Chris Richardson, So., Defensive Line
Helped lead a GU defense that ranked first in the ECFC in points per game (14.8), total points (148), rushing yards per game (100.5), total defense (260.5) and defensive touchdowns (3)...GU ranked No. 12 in Division III for total defense...the Bison allowed 14 or fewer points in 7-of-10 games and held three opponents to seven or fewer points...helped lead GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll.

 

        Chris Richardson headshot
           
           

Tyler Snider, Jr., Defensive Line
Beyond Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6…ECFC Defensive Player of the Week (09/23/13)…2012 All-ECFC Second Team Offense…2011 All-ECFC Honorable Mention Offense…ranks fifth in the ECFC in sacks (6.5)…ranks second in the ECFC in sack yards (47)…ranks sixth in the conference in fumble recoveries (2) and first in fumbles returned for touchdown (1)…helped lead a GU defense that ranked first in the ECFC in points per game (14.8), total points (148), rushing yards per game (100.5), total defense (260.5) and defensive touchdowns (3)...GU ranked No. 12 in Division III for total defense...the Bison allowed 14 or fewer points in 7-of-10 games and held three opponents to seven or fewer points...helped lead GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll.

        Tyler Snider headshot
           
           
AJ McCrea, Jr., Defensive Back
Helped lead a GU defense that ranked first in the ECFC in points per game (14.8), total points (148), rushing yards per game (100.5), total defense (260.5) and defensive touchdowns (3)...the Bison allowed 14 or fewer points in 7-of-10 games and held three opponents to seven or fewer points...helped the Bison win their first-ever ECFC championship, make their first NCAA tournament appearance, finish the season 9-1 and become nationally ranked in the AFCA coaches poll.
        AJ McCrea headshot

ECFC HONORABLE MENTION

Todd Bonheyo, So., Quarterback
2012 ECFC Rookie of the Year…ranks ninth in the ECFC in rushing yards per game (568.3)…ranks ninth in the conference in total rushing yards (583)…tied for fifth in the ECFC in rushing touchdowns (7)…leader of the Gallaudet offense that was the top scoring offense in the ECFC (38 touchdowns)…helped the GU offense average 316.7 yards rushing per game (ranked first in the ECFC and fourth in Division III)…helped the Gallaudet offense lead Division III in time of possession (35:49 average time of possession)…guided GU to a 9-1 season, an ECFC championship and the program's first national ranking in the AFCA Coaches Poll.

        Todd Bonheyo headshot

ECFC COACH OF THE YEAR

Chuck Goldstein
Goldstein led the Bison to a 9-1 overall record in '13 and a 6-1 mark in the conference, leading the Bison to their first ECFC title in school history. The Bison and Norwich tied for first-place but GU held the tiebreaker after a 30-22 win over the Cadets on Oct. 12. Gallaudet won their first nine games of the season and had a program best 11-game winning streak, dating back to last season, before they lost yesterday, 7-6, at SUNY Maritime. The ECFC title gave Gallaudet its first-ever NCAA tournament berth, making the football team the first men's sports team to make a NCAA appearance in Gallaudet history.  

        Chuck Goldstein headshot

 

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