DANBURY, Conn. – Husson senior running back John Smith and freshman offensive line Jacob Cameron have been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Football DIII First Team, and senior defensive back Jean Gabriel and junior defensive back Quan Soyini have been named to the Second Team, the conference office announced Wednesday morning. The team is voted on by representatives from the region's member institutions. It is the most selections for the Husson football team in a single season.
John Smith, the four time First Team All-Conference selection, led all of Division III in 2017 in rushing yards (2,242 - ninth most yards in a season in NCAA DIII History), rushing yards per game (186.8) and tied for the most rushing touchdowns with Leanthony Ressnover of Eureka with 31, while being ranked in the top five nationally in scoring (15.5, 3rd), total points scored (186, 2nd), total touchdowns (31, 2nd), and All-Purpose yards per game (195.42, 4th). He also led the entire conference in rushes (340), yards per rush (6.59), and had multi-touchdown performances in all but three games this season. It is the third time Smith has been recognized as an All-ECAC player.
Jacob Cameron anchored Husson's offensive line as the Eagles led the ECFC with 3036 rushing yards (253.0 per game) and scored a league-high 42 touchdowns on the ground. Husson also topped 1,500 passing yards (2.046) for the third straight season, led the conference with 37.6 points per game and 6,194 yards of total offense (516.2). Cameron became the first freshman offensive lineman to earn First Team All-Conference accolades in program history. Cameron becomes the second Husson offensive lineman to earn All-ECAC honors.
Soyini lands on the All-ECAC Second Team following his breakout campaign in his second full season as a starter. The Manchester, Conn. native 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, recorded 40 tackles (3.0 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 14 pass breakups and nine interceptions in 2017.
Soyini became Husson's all-time interceptions leader with his game ending pick in the program's first-ever postseason victory over Springfield and then broke Adam Scott's 14-year old single-season interceptions record of eight in the Eagles loss to Delaware Valley.
Gabriel, a Second Team selection, 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.