MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Husson senior running back John Smith has been named to the 2017 D3football.com All-East Region First Team Offense, junior offensive line Brad Weston earned Second Team Offense honors, senior defensive back Jean Gabriel also earned a spot on the second team but on the defensive side of the ball, and junior defensive back Quan Soyini has been named to the Third Team, the organization announced Wednesday night. It is the most selections for the Husson football team in a single season.
John Smith became the first player in program history to be named to the All-East Region First Team. 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-Region player.
Brad Weston, the first offensive lineman in program history to earn All-East Region honors, 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.
Jean Gabriel, a Second Team selection, garnered All-Region team honors for first time following a breakout season campaign earlier this month. The Lake Worth, Fla. native recorded career highs in tackles (59.0), sacks (3), tackles-for-loss (9), forced fumbles (3), interceptions (4), pass breakups (9), while leading all of Division III with seven block punts.
Quan Soyini lands on the Third Team following his breakout campaign in his second full season as a starter. The Manchester, Conn. native garnered All-Region team honors as a cornerback and 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.
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