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Navy QB Reynolds named to Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

Posted on 18 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2014 Player of the Year “Watch List”

New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of fifty “players to watch” for its 2014 Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

Florida State sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year award recipient, headlines the 2014 watch list.  Winston, a Second Team Walter Camp All-American a year ago, accounted for 4,057 passing yards and 40 touchdowns for the national champion Seminoles.  Ten players on the 2014 watch list, including Winston, have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors.

In all, 42 schools are represented on the list with Alabama having three players.  There are 33 offensive players (16 quarterbacks, 8 receivers, 7 running backs, and 2 offensive linemen) and 17 from the defensive side of the ball (7 defensive backs, 5 defensive lineman, and 5 linebackers).

“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president James Monico said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November.  The 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter onThursday, December 11.  The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 17, 2015 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Please note: Appearing on the preseason Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Walter Camp award or be named to the All-American team.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org; @WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

Reynolds is coming off one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. His 31 rushing touchdowns was not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback as well. Reynolds was just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

He finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2). His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.

Reynolds scored 188 points in 2013, eclipsing the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.

Reynolds has led Navy to five fourth quarter comebacks in his first two seasons, which is the second most fourth quarter comebacks in the country among active quarterbacks. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has engineered six fourth quarter comebacks.

The Navy football team finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year. The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.

Navy kicks off the 2014 campaign on August 30th against national title contender Ohio State. The team reports for camp onWednesday, July 30, the first practice is Thursday, July 31 and Media Day/Fan Fest is Saturday, August 2.

Season and single-game tickets are still on sale by going to navysports.com (click on this link for the direct link:http://bit.ly/LNw2FX), by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the ticket office in Ricketts Hall. Navy has sold out its allotment of Army-Navy tickets.

2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year WATCH LIST

Ameer Abdullah, Sr., RB, Nebraska
Nelson Agholer, Jr., WR, USC
Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State
Chi Chi Ariguzo, Sr,. LB, Northwestern
Vic Beasley, Sr., DL, Clemson (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shilique Calhoun, Jr., DL, Michigan State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Shane Carden, Sr., QB, East Carolina
Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall
Landon Collins, Jr., DB, Alabama
Amari Cooper, Jr., WR, Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Sr., WR, Duke
Mike Davis, Jr., RB, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, Jr., WR, Maryland
Lorenzo Doss, Jr., DB, Tulane (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr., DB, Oregon (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Cameron Erving, Sr., OT, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Devonte Fields, Soph., DL, TCU
Devin Funchess, Jr., WR/KR, Michigan
Everett Golson, Sr., QB, Notre Dame
Melvin Gordon, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Garrett Grayson, Sr., QB, Colorado State
Randy Gregory, Jr., DL, Nebraska
Todd Gurley, Jr., RB, Georgia
Vernon Hargreaves, Soph., DB, Florida
Anthony Harris, Sr., DB, Virginia (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Brock Hekking, Sr., DL, Nevada
Austin Hill, Sr., WR, Arizona
Taysom Hill, Jr., QB, BYU
Brett Hundley, Jr., QB, UCLA
Myles Jack, Soph., LB, UCLA
Duke Johnson, Jr., RB, Miami Fla. (2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Matt Johnson, Jr., QB, Bowling Green
Taylor Kelly, Sr., QB, Arizona State
Trevor Knight, Soph., QB, Oklahoma
Qushaun Lee, Sr., LB, Arkansas State
Tyler Lockett, WR, Sr., Kansas State (2011 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Sean Mannion, Sr., QB, Oregon State
Marcus Mariota, Jr., QB, Oregon
Nick Marshall, Sr., QB, Auburn
Braxton Miller, Sr., QB, Ohio State
Ty Montgomery, Sr., WR, Stanford (2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
Andrus Peat, Jr., OT, Stanford
Bryce Petty, Sr., QB, Baylor
Terrance Plummer, Sr., LB, UCF
Cody Prewitt, Sr., DB, Ole Miss
Keenan Reynolds, Jr., QB, Navy
Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State
Ramik Wilson, Sr., LB, Georgia
Jameis Winston, Soph., QB, Florida State (2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 2013 Walter Camp Second Team All-American)
T.J. Yelden, Jr., RB, Alabama

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Benimon named CAA Player of the Year for second straight season

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Benimon named CAA Player of the Year for second straight season

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON REPEATS AS CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Damas, Guthrie and Parker-Rivera also honored at 2014 CAA Awards Banquet

BALTIMORE, Md. – Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in voting by the league’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media. The announcement was made Thursday night at the league’s pre-tournament awards banquet in Baltimore, Md.

Also receiving top honors were Delaware’s Monte’ Ross as the CAA Coach of the Year, William and Mary freshman guard/forward Omar Prewitt as the CAA Rookie of the Year and Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. William and Mary senior forward Tim Rusthoven was the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Benimon becomes the eighth player in conference history to receive CAA Player of the Year honors in multiple years. The senior forward has recorded a nation’s-best 20 double-doubles in 31 games and he also leads Division I in rebounding with 11.7 per contest. Benimon, who ranked fourth in the league in scoring with 18.9 points per game, reached double figures in 28 of 31 outings and tallied 20 or more points 17 times.

Benimon, who was also selected to the CAA All-Defensive team for the second straight year, broke his own Towson single-season record with 363 rebounds, which was the fourth-most in a season in CAA history and the most by any CAA player other than Navy All-American David Robinson. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in assists (3.7 apg), fourth in field goal percentage (52.8%) and fifth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg).

Joining Benimon on the All-CAA first team were Drexel senior guard Frantz Massenat, Delaware senior guardDevon Saddler, William & Mary junior guard Marcus Thornton and Delaware senior guard Davon Usher.

Earning second-team All-CAA honors were Northeastern’s Eatherton (15.5 ppg/10.1 rpg), Drexel graduate student guard Chris Fouch (17.9 ppg/3.2 rpg), College of Charleston senior forward Willis Hall (12.2 ppg/9.0 rpg), William & Mary’s Rusthoven (12.2 ppg/4.9 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard/forward Zeke Upshaw (19.6 ppg/4.2 rpg).

Named to the All-CAA third team were Delaware senior forward Carl Baptiste (10.9 ppg/8.3 rpg), James Madison sophomore guard Charles Cooke (14.3 ppg/5.0 rpg), Towson senior forward Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg/5.3 rpg), Towson senior forward/guard Rafriel Guthrie (12.0 ppg/2.9 rpg), James Madison sophomore guardAndre Nation (15.2 ppg/5.3 rpg) and Hofstra graduate student guard Dion Nesmith (13.2 ppg/4.3 apg).

Damas is second on the team in both rebounding and three-pointers made, and ranks third in scoring, assists and blocks. The senior ranks Top 20 in the CAA in scoring, rebounding, blocks, free throw percentage and free throw percentage. Damas became Towson’s 23rd player to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau on January 27. He enters this weekend’s CAA Tournament having scored 1,094 points.

Guthrie ranks second on the team and 14th in the CAA in scoring. The senior has been on a tear in the second half of the season, scoring in double figures in 12 of his last 14 games. Since being inserted into the starting lineup on February 15, the Tigers are 6-0. Guthrie scored a season-high 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting in Towson’s win at Northeastern on February 20.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera was also honored on Thursday night as the forward was named to the CAA All-Academic Team.

Towson is set to open CAA Tournament play on Saturday night as the second-seeded Tigers will host seventh-seeded James Madison at 6 p.m. inside Baltimore Arena. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

2013-14 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS

 

First Team All-CAA                                   Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                      Sr.          F               6-8           245        Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Frantz Massenat, Drexel                          Sr.          G              6-4           190        Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Devon Saddler, Delaware                        Sr.          G              6-2           210        Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary        Jr.           G              6-4           185        Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Davon Usher, Delaware                          Sr.          G              6-6           200        South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor

 

Second Team All-CAA                             Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern              Jr.           F               6-8           219        Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Chris Fouch, Drexel                                   Gr.          G              6-2           185        Bronx, N.Y./Rice

Willis Hall, College of Charleston          Sr.          F               6-6           235        Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary            Sr.          F               6-9           235        Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

Zeke Upshaw, Hofstra                             Gr.          G/F          6-6           215        Chicago, Ill./University

 

Third Team All-CAA                                 Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Carl Baptiste, Delaware                           Sr.          F               6-9           260        Pittstown, N.J./N. Hunterdon

Charles Cooke, James Madison             So.         G              6-6           200        Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Marcus Damas, Towson                          Sr.          F               6-7           210        Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore

Rafriel Guthrie, Towson                          Sr.          F/G          6-3           210        Washington, D.C./Cardozo

Andre Nation, James Madison               So.         G              6-5           200        Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra                             Gr.          G              6-0           200        Union, N.J./Union

 

2013-14 CAA Player of the Year – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

2013-14 CAA Coach of the Year – Monte’ Ross, Delaware

2013-14 CAA Rookie of the Year – Omar Prewitt, William & Mary

2013-14 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Scott Eatherton, Northeastern

2013-14 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary

 

CAA All-Rookie Team                              Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston         Fr.          G              6-6           195        Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Omar Prewitt, William & Mary               Fr.          G/F          6-6           180        Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County

Jamall Robinson, Hofstra                        Fr.          G/F          6-5           210        Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI

Rodney Williams, Drexel                         Fr.          F               6-7           220        Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s

T.J. Williams, Northeastern                    Fr.          G              6-3           190        Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville

 

CAA All-Defensive Team                        Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Adjehi Baru, Coll. of Charleston             Jr.           F               6-9           225        Abidjan, Ivory Coast/The Steward School                                        

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                      Sr.          F               6-8           245        Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Scott Eatherton, Northeastern              Jr.           F               6-8           219        Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Davon Usher, Delaware                          Sr.          G              6-6           200        South Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor

David Walker, Northeastern                   So.         G              6-6           176        Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls

 

CAA All-Academic Team                        Cl.          Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Kyle Anderson, Delaware                        Jr.           G              6-3           200        Newark, Ill./Newark

Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston         Fr.          G              6-6           195        Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain

Brandon Britt, William & Mary               Sr.          G              6-2           200        Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian

Kyle Gaillard, William & Mary                 Sr.          F               6-8           220        Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg

Willis Hall, College of Charleston          Sr.          F               6-6           235        Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian

Tanner Milson, UNCW                             Sr.          G              6-2           190        Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill

Dion Nesmith, Hofstra                             Gr.          G              6-0           200        Union, N.J./Union

Timajh Parker-Rivera, Towson               So.         F               6-7           215        Milford, Conn./St. Joseph

Shane Reybold, UNCW                            Sr.          F               6-8           238        Laurel, Md./Reservoir      

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary            Sr.          F               6-9           235        Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

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Marland F Thomas named ACC Women’s Player of the Year for third time

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel Wednesday. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011, then was named Player of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Duke’s Alana Beard was named ACC Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, from 2002 to 2004, after being named Freshman of the Year in 2001. They are the only players in ACC women’s basketball history with four straight individual honors.

Thomas is the fourth player under head coach Brenda Frese to earn the league’s top honor. Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) has won the honor in five of the last seven years with Crystal Langhorne (2008), Kristi Toliver (2009) and Thomas the last three years.

“This is amazing to be honored for the third time in a really tough conference,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor to be in the same company as the people and players I am. I’m just really proud to represent Maryland and want to thank my teammates and coaches over the years. No success comes without them.”

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game and in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. She has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this year, all consecutive. She is just 14 points from breaking Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 points and 36 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

“There are a lot of great players in the ACC,” Frese said. “It’s amazing when you have a player win this honor once. Three times in a row, in what is one of the deepest, most competitive conferences is a testament to her place in history.”

“We couldn’t be happier for Alyssa and I think she has more than earned this honor. She’s so humble, she would be the first to credit her terrific teammates for helping her achieve this rare trifecta. When you think about what she does for us every time we play, it’s amazing. From the first time I saw her play, she has always passed one of the crucial tests for what great players are all about- she makes everyone around her better.”

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 23 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas’ jersey was honored in the rafters of Comcast Center Sunday after the Senior Day game vs. Virginia Tech. She is the ninth player in Maryland history honored, joining Langhorne, Toliver, Marissa Coleman, Shay Doron and Laura Harper. The jerseys of Vicky Bullett, Tara Heiss and Jasmina Perazic are all retired.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, third-seeded Maryland will play Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Terrapins earned a double-bye as the No. 3 seed. They will play either the 6-seed North Carolina, the 11-seed Wake Forest or the 14-seed Pittsburgh in the Quarterfinals. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Round, with the winner advancing to play North Carolina Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Second Round.

The Terrapins’ matchup Friday night will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, as well as Fox Sports South and more channels across the nation. For other channels and more information on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.

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UMBC G Elliott named America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The 2013-14 America East Fans’ Choice Players of the Year were unveiled on Tuesday after over 3,000 fans placed their vote on the conference’s Facebook page.

UMBC’s Rodney Elliott and Hartford’s Alyssa Englert earned Fans’ Choice Player of the Year awards, with Elliott taking the men’s award and Englert earning the women’s trophy

One of the top freshmen in the America East this season, Elliott earned 478 of the 1,535 (31%) of the total votes that were cast by fans “Liking” or “Sharing” the rookies photo on the conference Facebook page. He edged out Vermont’s Brian Voelkel, who had 332 total votes. Elliott leads all freshmen and ranks fourth in the conference, averaging 14.9 points per game. He is a five-time Rookie of the Week selection and averages a team-best 3.5 assists per game.

Englert, a senior guard, received 542 of the 2,047 total votes to edge out UMBC’s Sara Tarbert by just over 100 votes. The senior has started in 24 games for the Hawks and ranks eighth in the conference during league play with 3.4 assists per game. She has also been a star off the court and was the first America East student-athlete named to the WBCA Allstate Good Works team, a distinction awarded to only five Division I basketball players in the country.

Nine nominees (one from each school) were named to each ballot on Feb. 26. Over 3,500 fans voted for the awards on the league’s Facebook page through 3 p.m. on March 4. 

All-Time Fans’ Choice Player of the Year Winners
Men

2013-14 – Rodney Elliott, UMBC
2012-13 – Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
2011-12 – Brian Dougher, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Evan Fjeld, Vermont
2009-10 – Marqus Blakely, Vermont
2008-09 – D.J. Rivera, Binghamton
2007-08 – Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 – Mike Trimboli, Vermont

Women
2013-14 – Alyssa Englert, Hartford
2012-13 – Amber Bepko, Hartford
2011-12 – Dani Klupenger, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Kerry Cashman, Boston U.
2009-10 – May Kotsopoulos, Vermont
2008-09 – Christine Kinneary, Boston U.
2007-08 – Danielle Hood, Hartford
2006-07 – Katie Meinhardt, Boston U.

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UMBC G Elliott nominated for America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC women’s basketball freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and men’s basketball freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) were nominated for the 2013-14 America East Basketball Fans’ Choice Players of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

A winner will be named for both men’s and women’s basketball. Voting for the 2014 America East Basketball Fans’ Choice Players of the Year will go until Tuesday, March 4 at 3 p.m. and can be done on the America East Facebook Page. The winner will be announced that afternoon via release at AmericaEast.com.

Tarbert has paced the Retrievers’ offense on the season, averaging a team-best 13.7 points per game, while also adding 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The rookie has led UMBC in scoring in 16 of its 27 games, including 21 double-digit scoring games. Tarbert leads all AEC freshmen in scoring and rebounding, ranking in the top-six in the league in both categories, while also tying for third in the conference in double-doubles on the season with five.

Tarbert, who is the fifth-highest UMBC scoring freshman in program history (369), has pulled in a program-record and league-best five America East Rookie of the Week honors. The freshman is currently in the midst of an 11-game double-digit scoring streak.

Rodney Elliott’s five America East Rookie-of-the-Week honors to date have surpassed former record-holder Chauncey Gilliam, who earned the weekly award four times in the 2008-09 campaign. The Baltimore native is now sixth in the conference in scoring at 14.7 points per game and is now averaging 15.1 points per game (third) in America East contests. The point guard is fourth in the league in assists per game (3.6), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), and tenth in field goal percentage (44.7%) and steals per game (1.2).

Elliott just became UMBC’s second Division I player ever to record 400 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. He has scored 412 points, which is third all-time amongst all UMBC freshmen in single-season scoring with at least a pair of games left on the schedule.

He will likely by the first freshman to lead UMBC in scoring since Rich Giddens, who averaged 15.5 points per game (434 total points) in 1997-98.

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Navy QB Reynolds, eight others receive independent honors

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Nine Navy football players have been named to the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team it was announced on Wednesday, including Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) who was named the 2013 FBS All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year.  In addition to Reynolds BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy (Defensive Player of the Year), Idaho placekicker/punter Austin Rehkow (Special Teams Player of the Year) and Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (Freshman of the Year) were the recipients of major awards.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224.  Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0.

Joining Reynolds on the All-Independent First Team are junior offensive lineman Bradyn Heap (South Jordan, Utah), senior linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson (Olympia, Wash.) and junior safety/cornerback Parrish Gaines (Smyrna, Tenn).  Honorable mention selections for the Midshipmen include junior punter Pablo Beltran (Humble, Texas), freshman cornerback Brendon Clements (Miami, Fla.), junior outside linebacker Chris Johnson (Cape Coral, Fla.), senior kick returner Marcus Thomas (Baton Rouge, La.) and junior offensive lineman Jake Zuzek (Brookhaven, Pa.).

Navy’s defense has held seven of its 12 opponents below their scoring average for the season, including bowl-bound Pitt and Service Academy rivals Air Force and Army.  Peterson, who leads the Mids with 135 tackles this season, stands No. 2 in the nation in tackles per game, averaging 11.3, while his 7.7 solo tackles per game is also the second best in the country.  Clements, who has started nine games for the Mids, is coming off perhaps his best performance of his career, forcing three Army turnovers (2 forced fumbles, 1 interception) in last weekend’s 34-7 victory.  Johnson, meanwhile, owns a team-high tying three interceptions to go along with his 78 tackles which rank third on the team.

Beltran stands No. 2 all-time in career punting average at Navy, averaging 41.3 yards per punt and heads into the bowl ranked fifth on Navy’s single-season punting list where he has averaged 42.0 yards per punt this season.

Thomas has enjoyed a spectacular career returning kicks for the Mids and will graduate as the program’s leader in career returns (101) and return yardage (2,240).  He is the only player in school history to top the 2,000-yard mark for yards, as well as the only player to return more than 80 kicks.

2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Keenan Reynolds (So.)    Navy
RB Terry Baggett (Jr.)    Army
RB Jamaal Williams (So.)    BYU
WR Dezmon Epps (Jr.)    Idaho
WR TJ Jones (Sr.)    Notre Dame
TE Troy Niklas (Jr.)    Notre Dame
OL Michael Kime (Sr.)    Army
OL Michael Yeck (Jr.)    BYU
OL Bradyn Heap (Jr.)    Navy
OL Zack Martin (Sr.)    Notre Dame
OL Chris Watt (Sr.)    Notre Dame

DEFENSE
DL Eathyn Manumaleuna (Sr.)    BYU
DL Louis Nix III (Sr.)    Notre Dame
DL Stephon Tuitt (Jr.)    Notre Dame
LB Uani ‘Unga (Sr.)    BYU
LB Kyle Van Noy (Sr.)    BYU
LB Cody Peterson (Sr.)    Navy
LB Dan Fox (Sr.)    Notre Dame
DB Daniel Sorensen (Sr.)    BYU
DB Parrish Gaines (Jr.)    Navy
DB Davis Cazares (Sr.)    New Mexico State
DB Bennett Jackson (Sr.)    Notre Dame

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Kyle Brindza (Jr.)    Notre Dame
P Austin Rehkow (Fr.)    Idaho
KR Adam Hine (So.)    BYU

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
QB Keenan Reynolds     Navy

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LB Kyle Van Noy    BYU

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PK/P Austin Rehkow    Idaho

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
LB Jaylon Smith     Notre Dame

HONORABLE MENTION
Army: PK Daniel Grochowski (So.), OL Ryan Powis (Jr.), OL Stephen Shumaker (Jr.)
BYU: DB Craig Bills (Jr.), QB Taysom Hill (So.), WR Cody Hoffman (Sr.), KR JD Falslev (Sr.), PK Justin Sorensen (Sr.)
Idaho: DL QuayShawne Buckley (Sr.), DL Maxx Forde (Jr.), LB Marc Millan (Jr.), OL Mike Marboe (Jr.), DB Trey Williams (Sr.)
Navy: P Pablo Beltran (Jr.), CB Brendon Clements (Fr.), LB Chris Johnson (Jr.), KR Marcus Thomas (Sr.), OL Jake Zuzek (Jr.)
New Mexico State: OL Andy Cunningham (So.), WR Austin Franklin (Jr.), LB Trashaun Nixon (Sr.), OL Davonte Wallace (Sr.)
Notre Dame: KR George Atkinson III (Jr.), OL Nick Martin (Jr.), QB Tommy Rees (Sr.), CB KeiVarae Russell (So.), LB Prince Shembo (Sr.)

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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Year

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

14 TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAMS

Terrance West Named As Offensive Player of the Year; Darius Victor Honored As CAA Rookie of Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and is one of 14 Tigers named to the All-CAA teams that were announced by CAA officials on Tuesday.

In addition, freshman running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) was named as the CAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Tigers, who are seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs and earned a first round bye, led all CAA schools with 14 selections on the three All-CAA teams. Towson placed eight players on the All-CAA first team, including three players who were repeat selections.

West was named to the All-CAA first team for the third consecutive year. Senior tackles Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) were named first team All-CAA for the second year in a row. Pike was also an All-CAA third team honoree as a sophomore.

The Tigers, who led all CAA schools with eight first-team selections, placed two players on the All-CAA second team and had four players named third team.

William & Mary was second among CAA schools with 11 overall selections, including six first team picks. CAA champion Maine, Richmond and Villanova each had 10 honorees. Maine also had six players named first team All-CAA.

Delaware had nine players honored while New Hampshire placed eight on the All-CAA teams. James Madison had seven players honored and Rhode Island had six.

“Our guys play extremely hard for each other and it is massively gratifying to see their consistent play garner so much respect,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men celebrated for their achievements certainly signify the strength of our efforts and the strength of our program moving forward.”

Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), junior defensive end Ryan Delaire(Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Glen Allen, Va.) rounded out the Tigers’ contingent of first team selections.

Love was a second team All-CAA selection last season.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was named second team All-CAA for the second year in a row while junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S. /Raleigh, N.C.) also earned second team honors. Smith was a third team honoree last season.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) junior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.), senior center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and junior kick returner Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) were named to the third team.

Kinnard and Wilkins are first-time honorees while Shaw was a second team selection last year. Joseph earned third team All-CAA honors for the second time. He was a second team All-CAA selection as a freshman.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top player in FCS football, West leads NCAA FCS with 1,865 rushing yards in 12 games, an average of 155.4 yards per game. While averaging 6.2 yards per carry, he has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.  He has also topped the 200-yard mark three times. He is already the leading career rusher in Towson history with 4,205 yards.

A four-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, West leads the nation (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns – just 14 shy of the NCAA FCS record held by former NFL All-Pro Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

The second Tiger to be named as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Victor ran for 410 yards in 10 games as West’s backup. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He was named as the CAA Rookie of the Week in September.

Pike and Harris are the All-CAA first team tackles for the second year in a row. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record on Saturday when he became the first Towson football player to appear in 46 games. A four-year starter, he has started every game of his college career. Harris is a two-year starter at right tackle. Led by Pike and Harris, the Tiger offense set school records with 446 points scored and 5,519 yards of total offense.

A two-year starter at fullback, Holder caught 11 passes for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2013. He also provides the Tigers with a strong blocker in the backfield.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire started 11 of 12 games this season. He ranked sixth on the team with 51 tackles while leading the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. Delaire is second in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage and ranks third in the CAA in sacks.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark leads the Tigers with 107 tackles, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Honored as the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark is fifth in the CAA in tackles. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and is tied for the CAA lead with three fumble recoveries.

A first-year starter for the Tigers, Carpenter started 10 games at safety and made quite an impact. He made 65 tackles, fourth on the team and broke up four passes. He also intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. In the Tigers’ win at Richmond, he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

Despite missing the first two games of the season, Love was seventh on the team with 43 tackles. A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love also broke up nine passes, second on the team and fifth in the CAA.

A repeat selection on the All-CAA second team, Gaddis was one of the Tiger captains this season. He was second on the team and 19th in the CAA with 86 tackles. He had two interceptions and five tackles for lost yardage.

The CAA Defensive Player of the Week last week, Smith made 85 tackles, third on the team. He ranked fourth among CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up 10 passes, third in the CAA. A member of the All-CAA third team last year, Smith also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

Kinnard was named as a third team All-CAA selection for the first time. Before suffering a season-ending injury, he caught 43 passes for 664 yards and a touchdown. While averaging 60.4 receiving yards per game, he ranked ninth in the CAA. The versatile Kinnard also lined up at quarterback for the Tigers and returned punts and kickoffs.

Wilkins is also a first-time All-CAA selection. Like Kinnard, his season ended early due to an injury. In nine games, he caught 40 passes for 691 yards and four touchdowns. He led the CAA by averaging 17.3 yards per reception and ranked fifth with 76.8 receiving yards per game.

A second team All-CAA selection as a junior, Shaw earned third team honors this season. A starter in 40 of the last 41 games, he has been a fixture and a leader on the offensive line for four years.

Joseph earned All-CAA notice for the third time in his career. As a junior, he averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and returned two kickoffs for touchdown. The Tigers’ career leader in kickoff returns, he has now returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, a school record.

The Tigers, who are 10-2, are seeded seventh in the FCS playoffs. After a first-round bye, the Tigers will host the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who have a 26-9 record over the last three seasons, will be making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in three years. Over the last three years, the Tigers are 19-5 in CAA games. After winning the 2011 CAA championship, the Tigers shared the CAA title last year. They tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire in 2013.

When Towson earned its first NCAA FCS playoff bid in 2011, Towson became the first NCAA school to earn playoff bids at three different levels. Towson went to the Division III playoffs in 1976. The Tigers competed for the Division II championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

2013 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)

Coach of the Year:                               Jack Cosgrove, Maine, 21 seasons

Offensive Player of the Year:              Terrance West, Towson, Jr., Running Back

Defensive Player of the Year:             Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., Linebacker

Special Teams Player of the Year:       Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner

Offensive Rookie of the Year:             Darius Victor, Towson, Fr., Running Back

Defensive Rookie of the Year:            Christophe Mulumba, Maine, R-Fr., Linebacker

 

2013 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB Marcus Wasilewski Maine Senior
RB Omar Osbourne UAlbany Junior
RB Dae’Quan Scott James Madison Senior
RB Terrance West (1) # Towson Junior
FB/HB Emmanuel Holder Towson Sophomore
WR Ben Edwards Richmond Senior
WR R.J. Harris New Hampshire Junior
WR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
TE Justin Perillo Maine Senior
OL Matt Crisafi William & Mary Senior
OL Jeff Gakos Maine Senior
OL Austin Gund Richmond Junior
OL Randall Harris (1) Towson Senior
OL Eric Pike (1) % Towson Senior
PK Sean Decloux Maine Sophomore
KR Mackenzie Elliott Rhode Island Senior
PR Rob Jones Delaware Senior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Rakim Cox Villanova Senior
DL Ryan Delaire Towson Junior
DL Zach Kerr Delaware Senior
DL Mike Reilly William & Mary Junior
DL Jordan Stanton James Madison Senior
LB Telvion Clark Towson Senior
LB Airek Green William & Mary Junior
LB Christophe Mulumba Maine Freshman
LB Luke Rhodes William & Mary Sophomore
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Senior
CB Kendall James Maine Senior
CB Jordan Love (2) Towson Senior
S Christian Carpenter Towson Sophomore
S Jerome Couplin III William & Mary Senior
P Nick Ferrara Stony Brook Senior
2013 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
OFFENSE
Position Player School Class
QB John Robertson Villanova Sophomore
RB Andrew Pierce Delaware Senior
RB Nico Steriti New Hampshire Junior
FB/HB Seth Fisher Richmond Sophomore
WR Stephen Barnette Richmond Junior
WR Malcolm Eugene Stony Brook Senior
WR Michael Johnson Delaware Junior
TE Nick Boyle Delaware Junior
OL Ricky Archer New Hampshire Senior
OL Josh Bucci Villanova Senior
OL Joe Hook Maine Senior
OL Bobby Kennedy Delaware Senior
OL Josh Wells James Madison Senior
PK Brandon Jordi Richmond Sophomore
KR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
PR Robbie Jackson Rhode Island Junior
DEFENSE
Position Player School Class
DL Michael Cole Maine Senior
DL Evan Kelly Richmond Sophomore
DL Antoine Lewis Villanova Senior
DL Josh Moody Rhode Island Senior
DL Tyler Snow James Madison Senior
LB Andrew Bose Rhode Island Junior
LB Pat Callaway Delaware Junior
LB Don Cherry Villanova Sophomore
LB Jawara Dudley Stony Brook Senior
LB Monte Gaddis (2)

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Maryland women’s forward Thomas voted ACC Preseason Player of the Year

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.  –  Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was voted Preseason ACC Player of the Year by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league’s 15 head coaches Wednesday. Freshman Lexie Brown was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s ACC Newcomer Watch List.

Two-time ACC Player of the Year Thomas was voted the league’s preseason favorite for the award for the second straight year. She has been named to the Preseason All-ACC Teams in each of the last three years.

In 2012-13, she led the league in points (18.0 per game), rebounds (10.3 per game) and assists (5.3 per game). She is the only player in NCAA or WNBA history to average over 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for a season. Thomas is currently No. 6 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list and needs 557 points to surpass Crystal Langhorne’s record of 2,247 points scored.

Brown, a guard from Suwannee, Ga., was the No. 15 overall recruit by numerous recruiting services. The McDonald’s All-American averaged 18.4 points, 6.9 assists, 5.1 steals and 4.9 rebounds per game as a senior in 2012-13.

Maryland opens the 2013-14 season as a top five team nationally in numerous preseason polls, including the ESPN The Magazine Preseason Top 25.

The Terrapins return four of five starters from last year’s squad that led the ACC in rebounding, which Maryland has led in each of the last three years. In 2012-13, the Terps finished with a rebounding margin of +13.9, which was second in the country to Liberty. Maryland was No. 3 nationally with its field goal percentage of .471.

For more on the ACC Preseason selections, log on to TheACC.com.

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Towson F Benimon continues to receive postseason honors

Posted on 25 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED ECAC DIVISION I ALL-STAR
Junior Forward Averaged 17.1 Points and 11.2 Rebounds

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Towson Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon has been selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Men’s Basketball All-Star team, announced by ECAC Interim Commissioner Steve Bamford.

Benimon, the 2013 CAA Player of the Year, recorded double-doubles in 20 of the Tigers’ 31 contests, which is currently tied for the second most in Division I. He was the league’s fourth-leading scorer with 17.1 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 outings.

The junior forward led the CAA and ranked third in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per game and his 346 rebounds set a Towson single-season record and were the sixth-most in a season in CAA history. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in blocked shots (1.9 bpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (53.3 percent) and his 79 assists were the most of any Towson player.

Junior forward Otto Porter from Georgetown and Boston College freshman guard Olivier Hanlan were named ECAC Player of the Year and ECAC Rookie of the Year, respectively.

The teams were selected based on a vote of Division I coaches.

Player of the Year   
Otto Porter, Georgetown University

Rookie of the Year
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College

First Team
Khalif Wyatt, Temple University
Shabazz Napier, University of Connecticut
Lamont Jones, Iona College
Mason Plumlee, Duke University
Otto Porter, Georgetown University
Mike Muscala, Bucknell University

Second Team  
Ramon Galloway, LaSalle University
Joe Harris, University of Virginia
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson University
Jamal Olaswere, LIU Brooklyn

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Future Greyhound Wright named Maryland Player of the Year

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Hoops Signee Wright Named Gatorade Maryland Player Of The Year

 

CHICAGO – Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball signee Marquis Wright was named the 2012-2013 Gatorade Maryland Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports.

Wright, who will don the Greyhounds’ green and grey in 2013-2014, helped his North Point High School team advance to the Maryland Class 4A Semifinals and a 24-3 record this season.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior guard averaged 16.6 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals while earning Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second year in a row.

Wright, who has maintained a 3.08 grade point average in the classroom, concluded his high school career with 1,084 points, 560 assists, 325 rebounds and 290 steals as a four-year varsity player at the school in Waldorf, Md.

He is the first player to win the Maryland award from a public school since Oxon Hills High School’s Mike Sweetney (Georgetown) earned the honor in 2000. Prior to Sweetney, the last public school player to win the award was current Loyola women’s basketball assistant coach Keith Booth after his senior season at Dunbar High School in 1993 before heading to Maryland.

“Marquis Wright is a very cerebral point guard who has all the tools to lead a college team,” said Dale Lamberth, head coach at Thomas Stone High in a release by Gatorade. “Having competed against his team over the past four years, I have seen tremendous growth in his leadership and skills on the court.”

Wright will be the second Gatorade State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year on the Greyhounds’ roster next season, joining current freshman Eric Laster who won the award in Delaware last year.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

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