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Five Bison land on All-ECFC teams, three repeat honorees lead the way

Five Bison land on All-ECFC teams, three repeat honorees lead the way

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

Gallaudet had two players on the first team, one on the second team and two received honorable mention accolades as a total 83 different student-athletes representing eight programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2015 regular season. Three different programs had 13 honorees including Becker College, Husson University and SUNY Maritime followed by Castleton University and Norwich University, who placed 12 each. Castleton led the way with first-team honorees (seven) while Becker and Norwich had six second-team honorees. Husson took home two ECFC awards; Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year while Castleton had the Offensive Lineman and Rookie of the Year award winners.

Senior offensive lineman Todd Collins (Amityville, N.Y.) makes his third appearance on the All-ECFC team during his career. This is his second straight year on the first team offense. Fellow senior offensive lineman Leo Parnell (Boston, Mass.) was picked to the second team offense, his second all-conference honor in his four-year career.

On defense, junior defensive back Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) was named to the All-ECFC first team defense. This is Smith's second consecutive appearance on the all-conference team after being named to the second team defense last season.

Two first-time honorees for GU were named to the All-ECFC honorable mention list. Freshmen defenders Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) and Solomon Worthey (San Diego, Calif.) were picked as all-conference honorable mentions.

Husson running back John Smith, last year's ECFC Rookie of the Year, was named the 2015 ECFC Offensive Player of the Year as he rushed for 1,733 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. Husson senior linebacker Bryant Wade was tabbed as the ECFC Defensive Player of the Year as he racked up 69 tackles and made three fumble recoveries. Norwich junior kicker Wesley Medeiros was honored as the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year while Castleton sophomore Eric Decker was picked as the ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Castleton first-year running back Moe Harries was named ECFC Rookie of the Year as he ran for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Becker head coach Mike Lichten was voted by his peers as the ECFC Coach of the Year after guiding the Hawks to a six-game turnaround as they finished with a 7-3 record and 5-2 ECFC mark.

In seven seasons, Gallaudet has had 76 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 0-9 overall record and 0-7 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 11/21/2015)

ECFC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Todd Collins, Sr., Offensive Line 
Three-time All-ECFC Offense selection (first team – 2014, '15, second team – 2013)...D3football.com Team of the Week (Nov. 10)...on the 2015 Piesman Trophy Watch List, honoring the greatest non-lineman play, presented by Sports Blog (SB) Nation...started the first eight games for the Bison before sitting out the last game with an injury…Collins is the heart and soul of the Bison football team...selfless leader who played multiple positions throughout the season – starting on the offensive line, played both ways with some games playing defense, was on kickoff return team, moved to tight end at end of season when numbers were down to 30 healthy players...ran in a 2-yard touchdown and made a 2-point conversion vs. Anna Maria (Nov. 7) on Senior Day...never graded out below 93 percent for all eight games...protected a freshman quarterback and opened up holes for young running backs in a new offensive scheme...four-year letterwinner.
        Todd Collins headshot

ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Carneilus Smith, Jr., Defensive Back
2015 All-ECFC First Team Defense...2014 All-ECFC Second Team Defense...ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 2)...Gallaudet's top defender...ranks second in the ECFC for assisted tackles (49)...fifth in tackles per game (9.3)...seventh in tackles (84)...15th in solo tackles (35)...18th in interceptions (one)...led the Bison defense in tackles, assisted tackles, pass breakups (four), passes defended (five), interceptions...second in solo tackles (35)...fifth in tackles for loss (four for nine yards)...second on the team with 189 kick return yards (189 on five returns)...returned one kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown against Becker College on Oct. 31...ranked 4th in NCAA Division III for kickoff return for touchdown...had 12 or more tackles in four games...recorded 15 tackles twice against Husson (Oct. 24) and Maritime (Nov. 14)...started all nine games…one of the leaders on the team.

        Carneilus Smith headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Leo Parnell, Sr., Offensive Line
2015 ECFC Second Team Offense...2014 All-ECFC Honorable Mention...started the first four games for the Bison before going down with a season-ending injury...Gallaudet's second and fourth best rushing games came with Parnell in the lineup early in the season...GU's quarterback posted his highest completion percentages with Parnell in the lineup...the Bison threw for a season-high 235 yards vs. Greensboro (Sept. 19)...in three of the four games Parnell was in GU threw for over 100 yards and posted over 160 yards of offense...one of the leaders on the team...four-year letterwinner.

        Leo Parnell headshot

ECFC HONORABLE MENTION

 

Louie Akuffo, Fr., Linebacker
2015 ECFC Honorable Mention...ECFC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 12)...second leading tackler on Gallaudet with 73...ranks 8th in the ECFC for solo tackles (45)...11th in fumble recoveries (one)...11th in tackles per game (8.1)...12th in tackles (73)...19th in assisted tackles (28)...led the Bison with solo tackles...second in pass breakups (two)...third in tackles for loss (4.5 for 13 yards), sacks (one)...fifth in assisted tackles...made 10 or more tackles in four games...had a career game with 14 tackles (11 solo) vs. Norwich (Oct. 10)...started all nine games.

        Louie Akuffo headshot
           
           

Solomon Worthey, Fr., Defensive Line
Led the team in tackles for loss with seven for a loss of 28 yards…second in sacks (1.5)...fourth in assisted tackles (30)...fifth in tackles (51)...sixth in solo tackles (21)...ranks 11th in ECFC for fumble recoveries (one)...17th in assisted tackles (30)...25th in tackles per game (5.7)...made five or more tackles in seven games…had 1.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards, including a sack, against Shenandoah (Sept. 5)...had an interception and returned it 35 yards against Greensboro (Sept. 19)...only one of four players to have an interception this season for GU...started all nine games.

        Solomon Worthey headshot
           

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