MINNEAPOLIS - The 11th annual D3football.com All-Region teams were announced and Gallaudet University senior offensive tackle Todd Collins (Amityville, N.Y.) was named to the All-East Region offense third team. Collins is the fourth Bison in school history to receive D3football.com All-Region recognition joining Jaris Alleyne (2014) selected for third-team defense, Adham Talaat (2013) and Tony Tatum (2012), who were second-team defense selections during their respective years.
The D3football.com All-Region team started in 2005 and honors three teams of top players in each of the four regions (East, North, South, West) in Division III football.
Collins was a remarkable player for the Bison who was to named D3football.com Team of the Week (Nov. 10) and has been named to Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) All-Conference teams three times in his career, and on first team offense for the second straight year. Collins played multiple positions during the season, starting on offensive line as well as playing on offense and defense some games, he was on the kickoff return team and moved to tight end at the end of the season.
Two different players from an ECFC program join Collins on the All-East third team offense including SUNY Maritime kicker Diogo Dietrich and Husson University running back John Smith.
Nominating begins shortly after the regular season ends, and involves the Sports Information Director (SID) at each institution, using the stats they already upload to D3football.com through PrestoSports. SIDs are contacted by email and the list is sent to conference offices for vetting before our panel of SIDs and D3football.com staff in each region votes. Players who are first or second-team all-conference or independents at full Division III members are eligible for nomination. In 2015, 1,028 players were nominated, a new high.
The teams, selected in balloting by East Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 310 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 79 players were chosen to the All-East Region teams. All players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for the D3football.com All-America Teams that will be announced on Friday, Dec. 18, prior to the NCAA Division III football national championship game. However, the All-America teams are made up primarily of players named to the All-Region first or second teams.
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Gallaudet selections to D3football.com All-East Region Teams
2015: Todd Collins (3rd team)
2014: Jaris Alleyne (3rd team)
2013: Adham Talaat (2nd team)
2012: Tony Tatum (2nd team)