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Gallaudet places nine on the All-ECFC teams

Gallaudet places nine on the All-ECFC teams

WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its sixth annual all-conference teams and Gallaudet University earned nine honors for their play this season.

Gallaudet had two players on the first team, four on the second team and three received honorable mention accolades as a total 83 different student-athletes representing eight programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2014 regular season. Mount Ida College led the league with 15 selections followed by Castleton State College with 14. Husson University led the way in first and second team selections with seven and five, respectively. The Eagles also took home four ECFC awards; Coach, Defensive, Offensive Lineman and Rookie of the Year.

Senior linebacker Jaris Alleyne (Waldorf, Md.) earned first team honors for a third straight year and lands on an all-conference for the fourth time in his career. Alleyne led a GU defense that ranked 27th nationally in total defense. Alleyne led the conference in tackles per game (11.9) and was ranked No. 14 in Division III in the same category. He finished his senior season with a career game as he made 24 tackles (12 solo) on Senior Day against SUNY Maritime on Nov. 15. He was second in the conference with 106 tackles and 59 solo tackles.

On the offensive side, junior co-captain guard Todd Collins (East Islip, N.Y.) landed on the all-conference first team for the first time in his career after being on the All-ECFC second team offense last season. Collins helped to open holes for the GU rushing attack all season. Behind Collins, GU's rushing offense racked up 1,490 yards, with an average of 165.6 yards per game, ranking third in the conference in both categories.

Junior fullback BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas), who had his season cut short due to injury, landed on the all-conference second team. The co-captain rushed for 462 yards in six games (77 yards per game average) as he led the Bison in rushing and scoring. This is Flores' third appearance on an All-ECFC team after being a first team selection the previous two seasons. 

Senior defensive back AJ McCrea (Kennesaw, Ga.) makes his second straight appearance on the All-ECFC second team defense. McCrea is joined by first-timer all-conference honorees in sophomores Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) and Devante Walters (Rockdale, Ga.). Smith ranks sixth in Division III for blocked kicks (three) and second in the conference with five interceptions. Walters is fourth in the ECFC with six sacks for a loss of 30 yards as he added 12 tackles for a loss of 45 yards.

Three first-time honorees for GU were named to the All-ECFC honorable mention list. Senior linebacker Gregg McConville (Frederick, Md.) and junior offensive lineman Leo Parnell (Boston, Mass.), both co-captains, and junior punter Eric Setzer (Middletown, Md.) were picked as all-conference honorable mentions.

Castleton senior wide receiver Kevin Alberque earned ECFC Offensive Player of the Year honors as he caught 53 passes for 861 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 209 yards, three touchdowns and ranked 17th nationally in all-purpose yards per game (165.8). Alberque is the only player in the nation with at least 200 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards, 200 punt return yards and 200 kick return yards. Husson senior defensive back Stephan Dance earned ECFC Defensive Player of the Year honors as he accounted for 6.9 tackles per game, four pass breakups, two interceptions and on forced fumble. SUNY Maritime junior kicker Diogo Dietrich was named ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. He ranks eighth nationally averaging 1.44 field goals per game as he converted 13 of 16 field goal attempts with a long of 49. Husson senior Alex Young was named ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year as he anchored an offensive line that gained a league best 365 yards per game. Husson running back John Smith took home ECFC Rookie of the Year honors as he averaged 162 yards per game, 6.6 yards per carry and scored 13 rushing touchdowns. Husson head coach Gabby Price was named ECFC Coach of the Year after winning the conference title with a 7-0 conference record earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship. The Eagles also became the first ECFC team to host an NCAA Division III tournament game.

In six seasons, Gallaudet has had 71 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 had a streak of one major ECFC award winner every year since the league began in 2009 until 2013. GU finished the season with a 2-7 overall record and 2-5 mark in the ECFC.

The league's coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players, voted on the All-ECFC teams.

Below is a brief paragraph on each Gallaudet honoree (stats and rankings as of 11/21/2014).

ECFC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Todd Collins, Jr., Offensive Line 
2013 All-ECFC Second Team Offense…co-captain as a junior…started all nine games…helped to anchor an offensive line that averaged 165.6 yards per game, which ranks 3rd overall in the ECFC…GU accumulated the third most rushing yards in the conference with 1,490…helped to block for 418 rushing yards in a 53-26 win over Anna Maria on Oct. 4…aided four different Bison to rush for 100 or more yards in a game this season…even played some defense at the end of the season when the Bison needed bodies to help out because of injuries. 

        Todd Collins headshot

ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Jaris Alleyne, Sr., Linebacker
2014 D3 Senior Classic Preseason Super Senior Watchlist…2014 USA Football Division III Preseason All-American – second team…2014 Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Division III Preseason All-America – second team…named to the 2014 D3 Senior Classic Preseason Super Senior Watchlist…Three-time All-ECFC Defender…2013 All-ECFC First Team Defense…2013 USA Football News Division III Preseason All-American – Third Team…2012 All-ECFC First Team Defense…2011 All-ECFC Second Team Defense…ranked No. 14 in Division III for total tackles (11.8 per game)…31st in the nation for solo tackles (6.6 per game)…ranks second in the ECFC in total tackles (106) and solo tackles (59)…ranks first in tackles per game (11.9)…leader of the GU defense that ranks 27th nationally in total defense...leads the Bison defense in tackles, solo tackles, assisted tackles...started all nine games…had a career game vs SUNY Maritime as he recorded a career best 24 tackles (12 solo) on Senior Day on Nov. 15.

        Jaris Alleyne headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

BJ Flores, Jr., Fullback 
Two-time All-ECFC first team honoree (2012, '13)…ECFC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 6)…2014 USA Football Division III Preseason All-American honorable mention…Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Division III Preseason All-America first team…team co-captain as a junior…rushed for 462 yards in six games before seeing his season ended due to an injury…rushed for over 100 yards in two games including a 140-yard outing against Anna Maria as he scored twice…averaged 77 yards per game…entered this season coming off his first 1,000-yard rushing season as he accumulated 1,227 yards on 237 rushes…leads the Bison in rushing and scoring.

        BJ Flores headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

 

AJ McCrea, Sr., Defensive Back
2014 USA Football Division III Preseason All-American honorable mention…2013 All-ECFC Second Team Defense…senior co-captain…started seven games…made 27 tackles and 6.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards…was Gallaudet's top shutdown defensive back, had to cover opponent's top wideouts...ranks in the Top 50 in the ECFC for tackles and solo tackles…helped Gallaudet's defense to be ranked No. 27 in Division III for total defense, even with a losing record. 

 

        AJ McCrea headshot
           
           

Carneilus Smith, So., Defensive Back
Ranks sixth in Division III for blocked kicks (three)…29th in the nation for interceptions (0.6 per game)…ranks second in the conference for interceptions (five) but all picks came against ECFC competition...ranks 15th in the ECFC for solo tackles (42)…led the Bison in interceptions for 57 yards, first in blocks…third on the team with 61 tackles and 42 solo tackles…added one sack and five tackles for a loss of nine yards…started all nine games at strong safety after playing linebacker last season…had a streak of four interceptions in a three-game span…had two interceptions on Nov. 8 against Castleton…had a career best 17 tackles (10 solo) in the final game of the season against SUNY Maritime on Nov. 15…had five or more tackles in seven of nine games…helped Gallaudet's defense to be ranked No. 27 in Division III for total defense, even with a losing record. 

        Carneilus Smith headshot
           
           
Devante Walters, So., Defensive Line
Ranks fourth in the ECFC for sacks (six), sack yards (30)…led Gallaudet with six sacks for a loss of 30 yards and 12 tackles for a loss of 45 yards…fourth on the Bison with 48 tackles (26 solo)…ranked 76th in Division III for sacks…recorded at least one tackle for a loss in seven of nine games started…made five sacks for a loss of 28 yards in a three-game stretch…had a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo) in a tough 12-6 loss to eventual ECFC champion Husson…helped Gallaudet's defense to be ranked No. 27 in Division III for total defense, even with a losing record. 
        Devante Walters headshot

ECFC HONORABLE MENTION

Gregg McConville, Sr., Linebacker
Two-time ECFC All-Academic Team (2012, '13)…ranks fifth in the ECFC in total tackles (82)…sixth in the ECFC for solo tackles (44), tackles per game (9.1)…ranks 14th in the ECFC for tackles for loss (nine)…second on Gallaudet's team in tackles and third in tackles for loss (nine) for 35 yards…senior co-captain…started all nine games…recorded 10 or more tackles in five games…had 12 tackles on three separate occasions…tallied 34 tackles in the last three games of the season…added one interception, fumble recovery and one pass breakup…helped Gallaudet's defense to be ranked No. 27 in Division III for total defense, even with a losing record.

        Gregg McConville headshot
           
           
Leo Parnell, Jr., Offensive Line
Junior co-captain…played in seven games…started six games…helped to anchor an offensive line that averaged 165.6 yards per game, which ranks 3rd overall in the ECFC…GU accumulated the third most rushing yards in the conference with 1,490…helped to block for 418 rushing yards in a 53-26 win over Anna Maria on Oct. 4…aided four different Bison to rush for 100 or more yards in a game this season.
        Leo Parnell headshot
           
           
Eric Setzer, Jr., Punter
Led the conference with an 80-yard punt and fair caught punts (15)…second in the ECFC in number of punts (64), punting yardage (2,246), punts that went for a touchback (four)…third in the ECFC with 14 punts that landed inside the 20, including one against SUNY Maritime on Nov. 15 that landed on the Maritime 1…out of the 64 punts he only had one punt blocked…his 80-yard punt came on Sept. 20 on the road against Rochester…against Shenandoah four of his nine punts landed inside the 20…punted for more than 297 yards in three different games…played all nine games for the Bison. 
        Eric Setzer headshot

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