BANGOR, Maine - For the first time in program history, Husson University is ranked in the final edition of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches Poll, which was released today and the D3Football.com Poll, which was released on Sunday.
The Eagles, who entered the AFCA Poll at No. 31 in the final regular season edition on November 13, climbed ten spots to No. 21 and was unranked in the final D3Football.com regular season edition, jumped up to a tie for No. 25 with Franklin. The final AFCA rankings represents the highest in program history and marked the first time that a team from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference is ranked in the top 25 in both polls. The team was also ranked No. 3 in New England in the final edition of the Grinold Chapter Division III Poll, the highest ranking in program history.
The Eagles set a program record for wins last fall, going 10-2, while completing their second consecutive 9-1 regular season and third undefeated conference record in the last four years, capturing their third ECFC title, and making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament. Husson defeated previously undefeated #19/#20 Springfield College, 23-21, in the NCAA first round on November 18 and falling 37-15 to #5/#7 Delaware Valley University in a second round contest on November 25.
Fifteen members of the 2017 squad earned a program record 17 All-Conference honors from the ECFC, including the Offensive Player of the Year, senior tailback John Smith. Four players collected D3football.com All-Region honors, four players collected All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors, 12 players collected Noontime Sports Blog Team of Year honors, and two players collected New England Football Writers (NEFW) All-New England honors, while Smith was named NEFW Division II/III Player of the Year, the Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Year, and a semifinalist for the 2017 Gagliardi Trophy. Smith also selected two three All-American squads, the AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American First Team Offense, the Associated Press (AP) Little All-American Division III First Team Offense and the D3football.com All-American Second Team Offense, while senior rover Jean Gabriel earned a spot on the D3football.com All-American Third Team Specialists and junior cornerback Quan Soyini on the Associated Press (AP) Little All-American Second Team Defense.
Additionally, 11th year head coach Gabby Price was recognized as the ECFC Coach of the Year and the NEFW Division II/Division III Coach of the Year, and defensive coordinator Grant Caserta garnered ECFC Assistant Coach of the Year accolades.