WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its eighth annual all-conference teams and Gallaudet University earned six honors including two repeat honorees.
Gallaudet had one player on the first team, three on the second team and two received honorable mention accolades as a total 84 different student-athletes representing eight programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2016 regular season. Norwich University led the way with 17 honorees followed by conference champion Husson University with 14, SUNY Maritime (12 honorees) and Mount Ida College (10). Husson led the way with first-team honorees (eight) while Norwich had six. Husson took home five of the seven conference awards.
Senior linebacker Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) makes his third appearance on the All-ECFC team and the second straight year on the first team defense. Sophomore defensive end Solomon Worthey (San Diego, Calf.) was selected to the second team defense, his second straight all-conference honor during his career. He was joined on the second team by senior linebacker Sean Fenton (Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore offensive lineman Brad Peterson (DuBois, Pa.).
Two first-time honorees for GU were named to the All-ECFC honorable mention list. Sophomore offensive lineman Drew Faulkner (Niceville, Fla.) and sophomore wide receiver Dylan Mento (Hammonton, N.J.) were picked as all-conference honorable mentions.
Husson running back John Smith was named the 2016 ECFC Offensive Player of the Year, for a second straight year, as he rushed for 1,715 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Husson junior defensive lineman Luke Washburn was tabbed as the ECFC Defensive Player of the Year as he led the league with 12 sacks for a loss of 77 yards. Norwich senior kicker Wesley Medeiros was honored as the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year for a second straight year while Husson senior Nick Lewis was picked as the ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Norwich first-year running back Patrick Brown was named ECFC Rookie of the Year as he ran for 803 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Husson head coach Gabby Price was voted by his peers as the ECFC Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to the ECFC title and a NCAA tournament bid for the second time in three seasons. Husson assistant coach Nat Clark 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 eight seasons, Gallaudet has had 82 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 2-8 overall record and 1-6 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 11/17/2016)
ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
|Carneilus Smith, Sr., Defensive Back
2015 All-ECFC First Team...2014 All-ECFC Second Team...has returned a conference best three interceptions for touchdowns...all three interceptions returned for touchdowns went for 61 or more yards (61, 75, and school record 98 yards)...Smith and the Bison are ranked ninth in the country for defensive touchdowns scored...heart of the defense that is ranked 19th in Division III for passing yards allowed (155.6)...ranked 66th in Division III for interceptions per game (0.40)...Smith leads the ECFC with interceptions returned for touchdowns (3)...second with four interceptions...12th in tackles (65)...14th in solo tackles (40), tackles per game (6.5)...25th in assists (25)...made four interceptions this season and has 11 in his four-year career...matched his career-high with 17 tackles (10 solo) against SUNY Maritime (Nov. 12)...led the Bison in interceptions (4), interception return yards (257), interceptions returned for touchdowns (3), assisted tackles (25), passes defended (6)...second on the team for tackles (65), solo tackles (40), pass breakups (2)...fifth in tackles for loss (4.0 for eight yards)...started all 10 games...four-year letterwinner.
ECFC SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Brad Peterson, So., Offensive Lineman
ECFC SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Solomon Worthey, So., Defensive Lineman
|Sean Fenton, Sr., Linebacker
2016 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist as announced by the National Football Foundation (NFF)...two-time ECFC All-Academic Team (2014, '15) and will earn a third selection this season...2016 NFF Capital Region College Scholarship honoree...2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team... heart of the defense that is ranked 19th in Division III for passing yards allowed (155.6)...Fenton is ranked 59th in Division III for fumbles recovered (two)...ranked third in the ECFC for fumble recoveries (2)...10th in interceptions (2)...18th in tackles per game (6.3)...25th in assists (25)...26th in solo tackles (32)...27th in tackles (57)...led the Bison in assisted tackles (25), fumble recoveries (2), forced fumbles (1)...second in interceptions (2), passes defended (4)...pass breakups (2)...third in tackles (57), solo tackles (32)...had eight or more tackles in three different games...had a career-high 12 tackles (eight solo) vs SUNY Maritime (Nov. 12)...SAAC representative...Dean's List (4 times)...started and played in nine games...four-year letterwinner.
ECFC HONORABLE MENTION
Drew Faulkner, So., Offensive Lineman
Dylan Mento, So., Wide Receiver