Smith Named Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Year; 12 Other Eagles Earn Team of the Year Honors

Smith Named Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Year; 12 Other Eagles Earn Team of the Year Honors

 NORTON, Mass. - Thirteen members of the Husson University football team were recognized on Wednesday morning when Noontime Sports Blog announced its major award winners and Team of the Year selections.

Senior tailback John Smith has been selected as the 2017 Noontime Sports Blog Offensive Player of the Year and is also listed on the Team of Year. Joining Smith on the Team of the Year is junior quarterback Cory Brandon, senior tight end DJ Allen, senior wide reciever Robenson Saintard, senior rover Jean Gabriel, sophomore inside linebacker Elvin Suazo, Jr., senior defensive tackle Luke Washburn, the offensive line (freshmen left tackle Jacob Cameron, junior left tackle Brad Weston, senior center Luis Rivera, senior right guard Josh Rivera, and senior right tackle Brandon Darias), and head coach Gabby Price.

John Smith collected his third consecutive Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Year award earlier this month before leading the Eagles to their first-ever postseason victory against Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament last weekend. Smith helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with nine wins, including seven conference victories. Smith currently leads all Division III rushers with 2,081 yards. Through 11 games this season, including his team's recent postseason victory over the Pride, Smith has rushed for 30 touchdowns, while averaging close to 200 yards per game (189.2 yards per contest).

Gabby Price earned ECFC Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career (2014, 2016) earlier this month after leading the Eagles to back-to-back 9-1 marks, ECFC Titles and NCAA DIII Championship Tournament appearances for the first time in program history. His Eagles recorded a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play for the third time in the last four seasons, while producing a 27-1 record during that period vs. ECFC opponents.  Husson finished 6th in the east in the final NCAA regional rankings, marking the highest ranking in program history and saw this team set or tied 42 school records in 2017.

Cory Brandon, who is in his second full season as a starter in 2017, had another strong season leading the Husson offense this fall, earning his second-straight All-ECFC First Team selection earlier this month. The junior signal caller has completed 127 of 201 pass attempts (63.2%) for 1,618 yards (2nd in ECFC) with 15 touchdowns (2nd) and just three interceptions. One-time conference Offensive Player of the Week this season, Brandon surpassed Joe Seccareccia '16 as the program's all-time passing touchdown leader after he threw for three scores at Home vs. SUNY Maritime on October 7.

Robenson Saintard, a Second Team selection as a sophomore, garnered All-ECFC first team honors for first time following a productive senior campaign earlier this month. The senior wide receiver recorded the tenth most all-purpose yards (706) in the ECFC in 2017, while his 70.6 all-purpose yards per game average ranked tenth.

Jacob Cameron, Brad Weston, Luis Rivera, Josh Rivera, and Brandon Darias anchored Husson's offensive line as the Eagles led the ECFC with 2732 rushing yards (273.2 per game) and scored a league-high 39 touchdowns on the ground. Husson also topped 1,500 passing yards (1,740) for the third straight season, led the conference with 41.3 points per game and 4,472 yards of total offense (447.2). Cameron became the first freshman offensive lineman to earn All-Conference accolades in program history, Weston received his first All-Conference nod, while L. Rivera earned the program's second College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District selection earlier this month.

DJ Allen maked his second straight All-ECFC first team appearance earlier this month after catching 25 passes for 232 yards, and two touchdowns and was highly effective as a blocker, helping to set the edge for the Husson running backs. His 25 receptions and 232 yards are the most by a tight end in single-season program history.

Luke Washburn, the 2016 ECFC Defensive Player of the Year, earned First Team honors for the second straight season earlier this month after another dominant season for the Eagles. The Litchfield, Maine native compiled 54 tackles (5.4 for loss) and helped lead a defensive unit that surrendered just 11.2 points per game (1st in ECFC).

Quan Soyini, an honorable mention selection last season, garnered All-ECFC first team honors as a cornerback and a kick returner, becoming the first player in program history to be named to the first team offense and defense in the same season earlier this month.  The junior cornerback ranked first on the team and led the ECFC with seven interceptions, the second most in a single-season in program history.  He also recorded 30 tackles (6.0 for loss) and 12 breakups. As a kick returner, Soyini led the team with an average of 14.78 per punt return, while setting a new single-season record for most punt return yards (266).

Jean Gabriel, a Second Team selection last season, garnered All-ECFC first team honors for first time following a breakout season campaign earlier this month.  The Lake Worth, Fla. native recorded career highs in tackles (53.0), sacks (3), tackles-for-loss (6.5), forced fumbles (3), interceptions (4), pass breakups (8), while leading all of Division III with seven block punts.

Rounding out Husson's First Team Defense selections earlier this month was Elvin Suazo, Jr., who was recognized as an All-ECFC second team performer as a defensive end  for the first team last season.  Suazo, Jr. recorded 69 tackles (10th), including 8.0 for loss (T-20th), 5.5 sacks (t-7th), a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

2017 Noontime Sports Blog Team of the Year and Major Yearly Award Winners

Offense of the Year

DJ Allen | Husson University | Tight End

Sean Amaru | Curry College | Running Back

Abbi Bamgbose | UMass Dartmouth | Wide Receiver

Conrado Banky | Middlebury College | Wide Receiver

Hunter Belzo | Springfield College | Running Back

Cory Brandon | Husson University | Quarterback

Mike Breuler | Wesleyan University | Wide Receiver

Noah Brum | Worcester State | Quarterback

Max Chipouras | Trinity College | Running Back

Alex Corvese | Curry College | Quarterback

Frank Cosolito | Middlebury College | Tight End

Jake Eglintine | Springfield College | Quarterback

Quinn Fleeting | Western Connecticut | Quarterback

Moe Harris | Castleton University | Running Back

Nick Hewitt | Mount Ida College | Wide Receiver

Jack Hickey | Amherst College | Running Back

Travon Holder | Westfield State | Running Back

Jack Lavanchy | Bridgewater State | Wide Receiver

Jared Lebowitz | Middlebury College | Quarterback

Jacob Maher | Worcester State | Tight End

Bobby Maimaron | Williams College | Quarterback

Sean McAllen | WPI | Running Back

Mark Piccirillo | Wesleyan University | Quarterback

Sonny Puzzo | Trinity College | Quarterback

John Robertson | MIT | Running Back

Robenson Saintard | Husson University | Wide Receiver

Anthony Service | Western New England | Quarterback

John Smith | Husson University | Running Back

Jacob Szulc | Plymouth State | Wide Receiver

Trai Weaver | Anna Maria College | Wide Receiver

Jordan Wilcox | Springfield College| Running Back

Adam Wojenski | Framingham State | Quarterback

Quron Wright | Framingham State | Running Back


Offensive Lines of the Year

Framingham State Rams

Husson University Eagles

Springfield College Pride

Trinity College

Western New England


Defense of the Year

Micah Adickes | Tufts University | D-Line

Rico Aaron | Dean College | Linebacker

Wesley Becton | Middlebury College | Linebacker

Michael Bianco | Becker College | Linebacker

Luca Cerasani | WPI | D-Line

Sam Edouard | Western New England | D-Line

Joe Esposito | Plymouth State | D-Line

Nathan Fleming | Framingham State | Linebacker

Jean Gabriel | Husson University | Defensive Back

Nick Giorgio | Springfield | D-Line

Steven Grogan | Curry College | Linebacker

Chris Hattar | Williams College | D-Line

Greg Holt | Tufts University | Linebacker

Kevin Hopsicker | Middlebury College | Defensive Back

Zhaire House | Western New England | Defensive Back

Corey Jean-Jacques | Trinity College | D-Line

Kurtis Jolicoeur | Western New England | Linebacker

Sam Malafronte | WPI | Linebacker

Marvey Mathurin | UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker

Brett McEvoy | Nichols College | Linebacker

Brandon Morris | Wesleyan University | Linebacker

Brandon O'Neill | Salve Regina University | D-Line

Joshua Onujiogu | Framingham State | D-Line

Dereck Pacheco | WPI | D-Line

Marlowe Scott | Springfield College | Defensive Back

Dominique Seagears | Trinity College | Défensive Back

Quan Soyini | Husson University | Defensive Back

Joe Surace | Curry College | D-Line

Elvin Suazo, Jr. | Husson University | Linebacker

Dominic Traversa | Springfield | Linebacker

Luke Washburn | Husson University | D-Line

Andrew Yamin | Amherst College | D-Line

Zach Ziemba | Plymouth State | Defensive Back

Christian Zotti | Springfield College | Linebacker


Special Teams of the Year

Brett Fox | Endicott College | Punter 

Spencer Herrington | WPI | Kicker & Punter

Christian Humulock | Springfield College | Kicker

Marc Mrozek | Curry College | Kicker 

Eric Sachse | Trinity College | Kicker


Coaches of the Year

Skip Bandini | Curry College | Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

Mike Cerasuolo | Springfield College | New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Tom Kelley | Framingham State | Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Gabby Price | Husson University | Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Mark Raymond | Williams College | New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)


Offensive Player of the Year: John Smith (Husson University)

Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Yamin (Amherst College)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Spencer Herrington (WPI)

Coach of the Year: Mark Raymond (Williams College)