WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its 10th annual all-conference teams and Gallaudet University earned eight honors for the second straight year.
Gallaudet had three players on the first team, three on the second team and two received honorable mention accolades as a total 71 different student-athletes representing seven programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2018 regular season. SUNY Maritime led the way with 17 honorees followed by conference champion Husson University (15), Dean College (13), Gallaudet (eight), Castleton University (seven), Alfred State College (six) and Anna Maria College (five). Husson took home four of the seven conference awards.
Four of GU's honorees are repeat honorees while four selections are first-time all-conference honorees. Senior defensive back Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) makes his second straight appearance on the All-ECFC First Team Defense and third all-conference honor in his four-year career. Akuffo is joined by senior linebacker Demontrai Lewis (Trinity, Texas) on the first team defense as Lewis was a honorable mention selection last year. Sophomore fullback RJ Randle (McCalla, Ala.) was voted to the all-conference first team offense.
Three Bison landed on the All-ECFC Second Team Offense led by senior offensive lineman Cameron Ethington (Bryans Road, Md.), who makes his second straight appearance on this team. Ethington is joined by sophomore Daniel Tanielu (Federal Way, Wash.) on the offensive line and freshman running back Cassmeir Hutchinson (Chesapeake, Va.) makes his all-conference debut.
Junior punter Jacob Guertler (Staunton, Va.) landed on the honorable mention list for a second consecutive year while junior defensive lineman Everett Polzin (Frederick, Md.) was GU's other honorable mention selection.
Maritime (N.Y.) senior quarterback Thomas Wright was named ECFC Offensive Player of the Year after he threw a league-leading 26 touchdowns. Husson senior linebacker Elvin Suazo was voted ECFC Defensive Player of the Year as he recorded 77 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and eight sacks. Husson senior Brad Weston was picked as the ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year as the Eagles led the conference with 2,304 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. Husson senior Quan Soyini was selected the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year as the defensive back was a key member of the Eagles' special teams unit as he averaged 19.6 yards per return in ECFC contests. Dean College freshman quarterback took home ECFC Rookie of the Year honors as he threw for 1,982 yards and 17 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Husson head coach Gabby Price repeated as the ECFC Coach of the Year after he guided the Eagles (8-2, 6-0 ECFC) to a third straight ECFC title and appearances in the NCAA tournament. Maritime (N.Y.) assistant coach David Benoit was named ECFC Assistant Coach of the Year as he helped the Privateers finish with a 7-3 record and their third consecutive postseason bid.
In 10 seasons, Gallaudet has had 98 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 3-5 overall record and 3-3 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 11/15/2018)
ECFC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
RJ Randle, So., Fullback
ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
|Louie Akuffo, Sr., Defensive Back
2017 All-ECFC First Team Defense...2015 All-ECFC Honorable Mention...lock down corner that didn’t get challenged a lot during the season as team’s threw in the opposite direction...15th in the ECFC for solo tackles (35)...18th in tackles per game (5.9)...24th in tackles (47)...made six or more tackles in six games...made a season-high 10 tackles (eight solo) vs Castleton (Oct. 13)...broke up three passes...forced one fumble...recorded a safety against Husson (Nov. 3)...started all eight games...four-year letterwinner.
|Demontrai Lewis, Sr., Linebacker
Two-time ECFC Defensive Player of the Week in 2018 (Sept. 10, Oct. 1)...2017 All-ECFC Honorable Mention...ranks eighth in the ECFC for sack yards (31)...10th in sacks (4)...17th in tackles per game (6.0)...21st in solo tackles (32)...23rd in tackles (48)...had six or more tackles in five games...recorded a season-high 10 tackles (eight solo) vs Greensboro (Sept. 8)...tallied a sack in four of five straight games during the season...played in eight games (seven starts)...two-year letterwinner.
ECFC SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
|Cameron Ethington, Sr., Offensive Lineman
2017 All-ECFC Second Team Offense...2018 National Capital Region Chapter Scholarship recipient...helped to anchor the 33rd ranked rushing offense (233.1 yards per game) in Division III as GU only played eight games...Gallaudet led the ECFC in rushing yards per game (233.1)...second in rushing yards (1,865), rushing attempts (385), yards per rush (4.8), rushing first downs (85)...third in rushing touchdowns (16)...fourth in points per game (19.5), yards per game (319.4), time of possession per game (30:31)...rushed for over 300 yards three times including back-to-back 326-yard games vs. Anna Maria and Castleton...ran for more than 173 yards in 7 of 8 games...played and started in seven games...four-year letterwinner.
|Cassmeir Hutchinson, Fr., Running Back
ECFC Rookie of the Week (Oct. 1, 2018)...leads the ECFC with 9.8 yards per rush...fourth in yards per game (80.6)...sixth in the conference in rushing yards (645)...ran over 100 yards in three different games...ran for a career-high 151 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown at Anna Maria (Sept. 29)...started all eight games...first-year letterwinner.
|Daniel Tanielu, So., Offensive Lineman
Helped to anchor the 33rd ranked rushing offense (233.1 yards per game) in Division III as GU only played eight games...Gallaudet led the ECFC in rushing yards per game (233.1)...second in rushing yards (1,865), rushing attempts (385), yards per rush (4.8), rushing first downs (85)...third in rushing touchdowns (16)...fourth in points per game (19.5), yards per game (319.4), time of possession per game (30:31)...rushed for over 300 yards three times including back-to-back 326-yard games vs. Anna Maria and Castleton...ran for more than 173 yards in 7 of 8 games...played and started in six games...two-year letterwinner.
ECFC HONORABLE MENTION
Jacob Guertler, Jr., Punter
|Everett Polzin, Jr., Defensive Lineman
Began the season on the offensive side of the ball as a fullback/superback but then had to switch to the defensive line by the start of conference play due to injuries...the versatile lineman finished the with 19 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards...made a season-high seven tackles (five solo) vs Husson (Nov. 3)...played in eight games (six starts)...two-year letterwinner.