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Ten Bison earn ECFC All-Conference honors, Tatum named Rookie of the Year

Ten Bison earn ECFC All-Conference honors, Tatum named Rookie of the Year

WHITTINGHAM, Vt. - The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its second annual all-conference teams on Thursday and 10 Gallaudet University student-athletes earned 2010 honors. In his first year playing football, sophomore cornerback Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) took home the ECFC Rookie of the Year award. The Bison finished the season 5-5 overall (3-4 ECFC) under coach Chuck Goldstein, his first year as head coach for GU. The Buff and Blue won two of its last three contests to finish the season strong as it ran the option for its offense for the second year in a row.

Coach Goldstein had the honor of coaching three first teamers, four second teamers, three honorable mentions and the ECFC Rookie of the Year as a total of 90 student-athletes received recognition after completion of the regular season. The 10 honorees give Gallaudet 25 total all-conference selections in the ECFC's two year history. GU was required to only use its statistics against its eight varsity teams for nominating purposes and those numbers are reflected below.

Two Bison student-athletes made the first team offense in senior offensive tackle Michel Daze' (Frederick, Md.) and sophomore running back Phillip Hayes (Baton Rouge, La.). Daze', who was a senior co-captain, helped the Gallaudet rushing offense finish 12th nationally with 261 yards per game. Hayes, a two-time All-ECFC selection, was honored with the distinction as the conference's best return specialist. He ranked 29th in the country and fourth in the ECFC with nearly 26 yards per return.

Last year's Co-Rookie of the Year sophomore linebacker Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) was the lone GU student-athlete to make the first team defense. Pangia led the Bison in total tackles with 75 (50 solo), which was good for 72nd in the country for tackling and sixth in the ECFC.

Junior wide receiver Ryne Worsham (Chicago, Ill.) was selected to the all-conference second team for offense, as he contributed over 600 yards and six touchdowns in eight games started.

The second team defense consists of senior defensive tackle Joshua Doudt (Medina, Ohio), junior defensive end John Van Wey (Alexandria, Va.) and Tatum. Doudt, who received first team All-ECFC defense honors a year ago, was also the recipient of the Bison student-athlete of the month for October 2010. Van Wey, who was a 2009 ECFC honorable mention, ranked fifth in sacks in the conference in 2010. Tatum rounds out the second team on defense and took home ECFC Rookie of the Year honors. He became only the second player in ECFC history to win two conference player of the week awards on the same week, as he earned Defensive and Rookie of the Week honors for October 11.

Gallaudet had three student-athletes receive honorable mention honors including; senior kicker/punter Justin Wilson (Carmichael, Calif.), junior fullback Mike Gimeli (Deer Park, N.Y.) and freshman offensive guard Chris Langan (Burtonsville, Md.). Wilson, who made the 2009 ECFC second team as a kicker and cornerback, was a two-time conference special teams player of the week this season. Gimeli, makes his second straight appearance on the honorable mention list, led the team in rushing this season with 621 yards. Langan was a key member on the offensive line that helped GU surpass 290 yards per game on five different occasions.

The conference's offensive attack was guided by two fantastic quarterbacks in Norwich University's Kris Sabourin Castleton State College's Shane Brozowski who were named Co-Offensive Players of the Year. SUNY Maritime College sophomore linebacker Keith Barnes was honored with the Defensive Player of the Year award. Norwich's kicker Long Ding won the Special Teams Player of the Year award. Maritime's head coach Clayton Kendrick-Holmes was honored as the ECFC Coach of the Year as the team won the conference with a perfect 7-0 record (10-0 overall) and earned a bid to the NCAA Division III championship field.

The All-ECFC teams were voted on by the league's coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. The ECFC will be represented in postseason play by Martime, Mount Ida and Norwich. Maritime will represent the conference in the NCAA Division III tournament on November 20, against Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. Mount Ida will compete in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl Game against Springfield College on November 20. Norwich will host Framingham State University ECAC Northeast Bowl Game, also on November 20.

Below is a brief paragraph on each Gallaudet honoree (stats and rankings as of 11/18/2010).


Michel Daze', Sr., OT
Senior co-captain...started and played in all eight games at offensive tackle...helped the Gallaudet rushing offense finish 12th nationally with a 261 yards per game average...the total is third best in the to limit the opposition to eight sacks on the season...was a key member of the offensive line that helped GU surpass 290 yards per game on five different occasions...GU's best game rushing was 410 yards against Anna Maria.

        Michel Daze' headshot

Phillip Hayes, So., RB
2009 ECFC Second Team Offense at WR...2009 ECFC Honorable Mention at RB... was Gallaudet's main return man in 2010...fielded 12 kickoffs and made over 300 return yards in eight games started... had a season best 74-yard return against Norwich on Oct. 9...averaged nearly 26 yards per kick-off return, which ranked 29th in Division III...fourth best return specialist in the ECFC with his return numbers.

        Phillip Hayes headshot


Tom Pangia, So., LB
Team co-captain...2009 ECFC First Team Defense...2009 ECAC Division III Northeast Region Rookie of the Year...led the Bison with 75 tackles (50 solo)...ranked 75th in the NCAA Division III rankings for tackling and sixth in the ECFC...played eight games and started seven.

        Tom Pangia headshot



Ryne Worsham, So., WR
Main target for senior quarterback Jimmy Gardner as he hauled in over 600 yards in eight games started...third leading receiver in the ECFC with 604 yards and six touchdowns...posted over 100 yards receiving in three different games...had a career long 98-yard touchdown against Norwich...ranked 82nd in the nation with a 75.5 receiving yards average per game...started eight games.

        Ryne Worsham headshot



Joshua Doudt, Sr., DT
Senior co-captain...2009 first team All-ECFC defense...second on the team in tackles with 55…played in eight games where he started seven games...made an interception against Mount Ida and returned it 22 yards...made eight or more solo tackles in a game on three different occasions...recorded two sacks against Husson.

        Joshua Doudt headshot

John Van Wey, Jr., DE
2009 ECFC Honorable Mention...ranked 52nd in NCAA Division III for tackles for loss with 10 for 46 yards...ranked 97th in sacks per game with 0.64...started seven games for the Bison...ranked 5th in sacks in the ECFC...8th in the ECFC for tackle for loss yards...recorded two sacks against Husson...dropped Becker for a loss of 24 yards on 3.5 tackles.

        John Van Wey headshot

Tony Tatum, So., CB
Became only the second player in ECFC history to win two conference player of the week awards on the same week as he was named Defensive and Rookie of the Week for October 11…made two interceptions against Norwich including a 39-yard return for a touchdown...tied for second in the ECFC with three interceptions...strong presence on the field that led many teams to not throw his way.

        Tony Tatum headshot



Justin Wilson, Sr., K/P
2009 ECFC Second Team Kicker...2009 ECFC Second Team CB...two-time ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2010 (Oct. 4, Oct 25)...played in seven games for the Bison...made 24 punts in six games where he averaged 34.6 yards per punt...six punts landed inside the touchback...long of 52 yards came against  Norwich...handled kickoff duties where he finished with 33 kickoffs for 1,784 yards (54.1 yards per kick average) with three touchbacks...made 13-of-17 extra-point attempts...connected on 4-of-7 field goals with a long of 43 yards.

        Justin Wilson headshot

Michael Gimeli, Jr., FB

2009 ECFC Honorable Mention selection...led the team in rushing with 621 yards on the ground...his 77.6 yards per game average was 8th best in the ECFC...a main weapon in the backfield on the Bison, who ranked No. 12 in the nation in rushing offense...played in eight games where he made seven starts.

        Mike Gimeli headshot

Chris Langan, Fr., OG
Started and played in all eight games for the Bison at offensive guard...helped the Gallaudet rushing offense finish 12th nationally with a 261 yards per game average, which was third best in the conference...helped to limit the opposition to eight sacks on the season......GU's best rushing game was 410 yards against Anna Maria.

        Chris Langan headshot

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