CENTREVILLE, Mass. – Gallaudet University led all Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) programs with three selections to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) North All-Star teams that were announced Wednesday.
The ECFC was well represented as seven of the eight members (sans SUNY Maritime) had one honoree on the first or second team. Husson University had two honorees led by ECAC North Defensive Player of the Year Ernest Wiggins.
Sophomore fullback BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) was named to the first team while senior offensive guard Chris Langan (Burtonsville, Md.) and free safety Nicholas Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) were selected to the second team. The trio helped the Bison to a 9-2 record, the program’s first ECFC championship and NCAA tournament appearance. The Bison were also nationally ranked in the American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll for the first time in school history.
Flores led the Gallaudet rushing attack with 1,227 yards on the season, as he was GU's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1987. He led the ECFC in rushes (237), rushing yards (1,227) and ranked second in yards per game (111.5). The two-time All-ECFC first team fullback ranked fifth in yards per rush with an impressive 5.2 average and fifth in total yards per game with 113.4.
Langan anchored an offensive line that led Gallaudet to the top rushing offense (313 yards per game) and second scoring offense (25.9 points per game) in the ECFC. Gallaudet's offensive line ranked second in the ECFC and 46th in Division III for sacks allowed (12). Behind the blocking of Langan, GU's offense led Division III in time of possession (35:49 per game) and rushed for 3,167 yards, the highest amount since the program returned to Division III in 2007.
Elstad was an All-ECFC first team defender as he made the smooth transition from offense to defense this season. He made three interceptions and tallied 47 tackles in 2013. Elstad was honored this season as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Football Academic All-District first team honoree and 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete candidate. He earned ECFC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 16.
The three honorees for the Bison up the program total to seven in the past five years. The Bison had three honorees in 2011 (Matt Harris-1st team, Ryan Mahoney-2nd team, Tony Tatum-2nd team) and one in 2009 (Tom Pangia-1st team). In 2009, Pangia was also the ECAC Division III Northeast Rookie of the Year.
About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with approximately 300 Division I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,000 student-athletes are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, and men's lacrosse. For more information about the ECAC please visit its website www.ecac.org.