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Eight Bison land on All-ECFC teams

Gallaudet football player Louie Akuffo is on the sideline holding both arms up in the air, he is signing the number seven in American Sign Language. He is wearing a navy blue jersey with the number #23 in white color in the middle of the jersey. He is wearing a buff gold helmet. There is an ECFC logo in the upper left corner.

WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its ninth annual all-conference teams and Gallaudet University earned eight honors.

Gallaudet had one player on the first team, three on the second team and four received honorable mention accolades as a total 83 different student-athletes representing eight programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2017 regular season. SUNY Maritime led the way with 19 honorees followed by conference champion Husson University with 14, Mount Ida College (14), Dean College (nine) before Gallaudet and Anna Maria College with eight each. Alfred State had seven honorees while Castleton had four. Husson took home three of the seven conference awards.

All of GU's honorees are first-time selections to the all-conference team. Junior defensive back Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) was Gallaudet's lone selection to the first team. Senior running back Joell Dixon (Brandywine, Md.) and junior Cameron Ethington (Bryans Road, Md.) were picked to the second team offense while sophomore linebacker Mason Gooch (Mount Sterling, Ky.) was selected to the second team defense.

The Bison landed four honorable mention honorees including sophomore quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.), sophomore kicker Jacob Guertler (Staunton, Va.), sophomore offensive lineman Reid Kelly (De Soto, Kan.) and junior defensive lineman Demontrai Lewis (Trinity, Texas).

Husson running back John Smith repeated as the ECFC Offensive Player of the Year, for a third straight year, as he rushed for 1,917 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. Dean sophomore linebacker Ricco Aaron was picked as the ECFC Defensive Player of the Year as he was second in the conference with 100 tackles and three sacks for 21 yards. Maritime (N.Y.) senior kicker Matthew Murphy was honored as the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year while his teammate Thomas Korwan was picked as the ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Alfred St. first-year running back Kiegan Brown was named ECFC Rookie of the Year as he ran for 680 yards and eight scores. Husson head coach Gabby Price repeated as the ECFC Coach of the Year after he guided the Eagles to back-to-back ECFC titles and appearances in the NCAA tournament. Husson assistant coach Grant Caserta was named ECFC Assistant Coach of the Year as he helped the Eagles finish with a 9-1 record and 7-0 ECFC mark.

In nine seasons, Gallaudet has had 90 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 3-7 overall record and 3-4 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 11/12/2017)

ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Louie Akuffo, Jr., Defensive Back
D3football.com Team of the Week at Linebacker (Oct. 10)...ECFC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 9)...2015 ECFC Honorable Mention...ranked second in the ECFC for solo tackles (5.5 per game), solo tackles (55)...eighth in total tackles (72), tackles per game (7.2)...second on the team with 72 tackles (55 solo)...4.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards...defended four passes and forced a fumble...had seven or more solo tackles in five games this season...recorded an interception vs. Anna Maria (Oct. 7)...started all 10 games...three-year letterwinner.
        Louie Akuffo headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Joell Dixon, Sr., Running Back
Ranked seventh in the ECFC for rushing yards (490), rushing yards per game (49.0)...ninth in rushing touchdowns (4)...23rd in rushes (54)...ran for a career best 175 yards on five carries (35.0 yards per carry) vs Anna Maria (Oct. 7)...had 206 total offensive yards vs. Anna Maria...posted a career best 94-yard rush on Oct. 7...had three touchdowns vs Greensboro (Sept. 9)...totaled seven touchdowns (four rushing, three receiving) this season...played in 10 games (nine starts)...four-year letterwinner.

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Cameron Ethington, Jr., Offensive Lineman
Helped to open rushing lanes for the 14th ranked team in Division III for rushing offense (261.3 yards per game)...contributed to Gallaudet to being ranked fifth in Division III for passing yards per completion (18.86 yards per reception)...the GU offense is ranked first in the ECFC for rushing attempts (493), passing yards per completion (18.9)...second in rushing yards (2,613), rushing yards per game (261.3), yards per rush (5.3), rushing first downs (112)...third in scoring (265), points per game (26.5), total offense (3,726 yards), yards per game (372.6), passing yards per attempt (7.7), rushing touchdowns (23), first downs (163), first downs per game (16.3), red zone touchdown percentage (67%), red zone percentage (70%)...fifth in time of possession (31:10)...GU ran for a program record 716 yards on 50 carries and 10 touchdowns vs Anna Maria (Oct. 7)...GU ran for 154 yards or more in every game this season...three-year letterwinner.
        Cameron Ethington headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Mason Gooch, So., Linebacker
Ranked fifth in the ECFC with tackle assists (36)...seventh in total tackles (75), tackles per game (7.5)...10th in solo tackles (39)...led the GU defense with 75 tackles...defended four passes...5.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards...recovered a fumble...had 10 or more tackles in three games...made a career best 16 tackles vs Castleton (Nov. 4)...intercepted a pass and ran it back 55 yards for a touchdown vs Castleton...started all 10 games...two-year letterwinner.

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ECFC HONORABLE MENTION

 

Timel Benton, So., Quarterback
ECFC Play of the Week (Oct. 11)...ranked third in the ECFC for passing touchdowns (10), rush yards per carry (4.87)...fifth in total offense (155.2)...sixth in passing yards (905), passing yards per game (100.6)...eighth in passing attempts (107)...ninth in completions (48), passing yards per attempt (8.5)...passed for a career-high 224 yards vs Union (NY) on Sept. 16...ran for a season-high 128 yards on four carries against Anna Maria (Oct. 7) where he had a 62-yard touchdown run...started nine games for the Bison...two-year letterwinner.

        Timel Benton headshot
           
           

Jacob Guertler, So., Kicker
Ranked second in the ECFC for punting (34.4 yards per punt)...third in PAT's made (34), PAT attempts (35), points (37)...fourth in FGs made (1)...fifth in PAT percentage (97%), fifth FG long (22)...made 34 of 35 extra-point kicks...1-for-2 in field goals with a 22-yard FG vs Castleton (Nov. 4)...scored 37 points for the Bison offense...punted five or more times in six games...had nine punts land inside the 20...seven punts were fair-catches...one punt went for a touchback while three punts were blocked...he had a season long 63-yard punt vs. Mount Ida (Sept. 30)...played in all 10 games...two-year letterwinner.

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Reid Kelly, So., Offensive Lineman

Helped to open rushing lanes for the 14th ranked team in Division III for rushing offense (261.3 yards per game)...contributed to Gallaudet to being ranked fifth in Division III for passing yards per completion (18.86 yards per reception)...the GU offense is ranked first in the ECFC for rushing attempts (493), passing yards per completion (18.9)...second in rushing yards (2,613), rushing yards per game (261.3), yards per rush (5.3), rushing first downs (112)...third in scoring (265), points per game (26.5), total offense (3,726 yards), yards per game (372.6), passing yards per attempt (7.7), rushing touchdowns (23), first downs (163), first downs per game (16.3), red zone touchdown percentage (67%), red zone percentage (70%)...fifth in time of possession (31:10)...GU ran for a program record 716 yards on 50 carries and 10 touchdowns vs Anna Maria (Oct. 7)...GU ran for 154 yards or more in every game this season...two-year letterwinner.

        Reid Kelly headshot
           
           
Demontrai Lewis, Jr., Defensive Lineman
Ranked 29th in ECFC for sack yards (11)...31st in sacks (1.5)...finished the season with 22 tackles (14 solo)...led the team with four quarterback hurries...broke up three passes and defended three passes...1.5 sacks for 13 yards...6.0 tackles for loss for 24 yards...started all 10 games...first-year letterwinner.
        Demontrai Lewis headshot

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