November 6, 2012

2012 ECAC Football Players of the Week (for week ending November 3, 2012)

Football Players of the Week (for week ending November 4, 2012)

Division I Bowl Subdivision 

Offensive Player of the Week

Keenan Reynolds – U.S. Naval Academy

Freshman, Quarterback, Antioch, Tenn.


Reynolds accounted for 306 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to lead Navy to a 24-17 victory over Florida Atlantic.  The victory was the sixth of the year for the Mids (6-3) and put the Mids in a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 years.  Navy is 4-0 with Reynolds at quarterback.  Reynolds rushed for a career-high 159 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries and threw for a career-high 147 yards and two touchdowns, completing eight of his 15 passes.

Defensive Player of the Week

Kwazel Bertrand – U.S. Naval Academy

Freshman, Cornerback, Antioch, Tenn.

Freshman cornerback Kwazel Bertrand recorded six tackles and recorded a key third quarter fumble in Navy's 24-17 victory over Florida Atlantic.  The victory was the sixth of the year for the Mids (6-3) and put the Mids in a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 years.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Matt Brown – Temple University

Senior, Running Back, Baltimore, Md.

Brown returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and finished with a school-record 227 yards on seven kickoff returns (32.4 ypr) in a 45-17 loss at No. 12/10 Louisville. Brown, who also had 39 yards on two punt returns (19.5 ypr), finished the game with 266 all-purpose yards. 


Division I Championship Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Gavin McCarney – Colgate University

Senior, Quarterback, Jefferson Township, NJ

McCarney led Colgate to a record-setting offensive day in a 65-41 win over Lafayette, and nearly broke the Patriot League single-game rushing mark by carrying 19 times for 288 yards and three touchdowns. It was second in League history only to a 291-yard day by Colgate’s Nate Eachus in 2010. McCarney also completed 13-of-17 passes for 224 yards and a score to amass a school-record 512 yards of total offense, which stands second in Patriot League history. Colgate set school and Patriot League records with 531 rushing yards and 755 yards of total offense, and the 65-point total was the second-best mark in League history. McCarney leads the nation with 12.2 points per game, making him the only quarterback in the top 70 on the list.

Defensive Player of the Week

C.J. Mooney – University of Pennsylvania

Senior, Defensive Lineman, Chester Springs, Pa.

Mooney undoubtedly had the biggest play of the Ivy League title race this season. Mooney's 15-yard interception return for a touchdown tied the game with 7:31 left in the fourth quarter and sparked the Quakers to a 28-21 road victory over Princeton. He finished with a career-high four tackles and helped set up the de facto Ivy championship game against Harvard next week. With Princeton in full control and leading by seven midway through the final quarter, Mooney hauled in a tipped pass and raced to the end zone to tie the game. With momentum, the Penn defense forced a three-and-out on the Tigers' next drive, setting up the offense to march down the field for the go-ahead, game-winning score.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Dom Kozlowski – Bryant University

Freshman, Punter/Punt Returner, Westford, Mass.

Kozlowski was “Mr. Do-It-All” when it came to kicking in Bryant’s Week 10 bout with Sacred Heart.  The first-year Bulldog handled punting, kickoffs and place-kicking duties in his team’s 34-14 triumph over the NEC rival Pioneers.  Kozlowski successfully converted both of his field goal attempts (21, 24) and all four of Bryant’s PATs.  The rookie was exceptionally impressive in handling kickoffs, averaging 63.4 yards per kick and blasting four of seven attempts for touchbacks. Kozlowski averaged 37.6 yards punting the football and dropped two of his eight punts inside Sacred Heart’s 20-yard line.  The rookie was the key reason why Bryant’s drive starts were nine yards better (on average) than those of Sacred Heart.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Joe Clancy, Merrimack

Senior, Quarterback, Newburyport, Mass.

 Clan­cy finished a 43-40 win over Assumption going 36-for-60 for 415 yards and five touchdowns to clinch a home game for Merrimack on Championship Weekend. It marked his fourth game of at least 400 passing yards this season, and his five touchdown passes were to five different receivers. He has now has exceeded 300 passing yards in eight of nine games.

Defensive Player of the Week

Linnell Robinson – Mercyhurst University

Senior, Corner Back, New Castle, Pa.

Robinson was part of a Mercyhurst defense that held California's high-powered offense to a season-low 244 yards of total offense. He finished the day with three solo stops and intercepted Vulcan quarterback Cody Schroeder late in the second quarter - returning it 52 yards for a Mercyhurst touchdown. It was Robinson's third pick of the season and fifth of his career. It was also his first career pick-six. It was Mercyhurst's first interception return for a touchdown since Bryant Kimball accomplished the feat with a 46-yard return against Shepherd in the NCAA Quarterfinals back in 2010. The interception for a touchdown put the Lakers ahead 28-0 with under five minutes left in the first half and came just 17 seconds after the Lakers took a 21-0 lead.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Shea Cerio – Saint Anselm College

Junior, Kicker/Punter, Canastota, NY

Cerio went a school-record 7-for-7 on extra points and also booted a career-long 33-yard field goal Saturday in a 52-45 victory at Seton Hill University. In addition to his kicking duties, Cerio punted five times to give him 184 career punts and the school record in that category. Two of those five punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, giving Cerio 14 on the season, which matches a program mark.

Division III Northeast

Offensive Player of the Week

McCallum Foote – Middlebury College

Junior, Quarterback, Newton, Mass.

Foote completed 40 of 58 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns in Middlebury’s 50-21 win at Hamilton on Saturday. In the process, he established new program and NESCAC records with 27 touchdown passes this season. In addition to his strikes of 34, 19, 24, 16 and 7 yards, the junior also added a four-yard scoring run in the contest. It was the fourth time this year that he has completed five touchdown passes.

Defensive Player of the Week

Rae Haynes – Trinity College

Senior, Free Safety, Hartford, Conn.

Haynes amassed seven tackles and an interception in Trinity’s 32-20 win over Amherst on Saturday. After breaking up a pass at his own goal line to hold the Lord Jeffs to a field goal in the first quarter, the senior scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 40-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. From there, the Bantams added one more score to close out their 47th straight home victory.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Graham Asum – Worcester State University

Senior, Kick Returner, Marlboro, Mass.

Asum tied the NCAA Division III single-game record with a pair of 94-yard returns for scores in a setback to Framingham State.  He also eclipsed the national single-game record with 333 yards on eight returns.

Division III Northwest

Offensive Player of the Week

Dan Griffin – Salisbury University

Senior, Quarterback, Jarrettsville, Md.

Quarterback Dan Griffin ran for ran for a career-high five touchdowns and a season-high 137 yards as No. 21 Salisbury defeated Utica, 63-23, to claim the Empire 8’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament Saturday. He also threw for 47 yards. He had TDs of 2, 56 (SU's longest run of the year), 4, 2 and 1 yard, respectively. Griffin’s 30 points scored were six short of a tying a school record for points in a game and moved him within six of tying for the program’s all-time scoring mark. He ran 17 times for 8.1 yards per carry. 

Defensive Player of the Week

Brian Garvey – Ithaca College

Junior, Cornerback, Franklin, Mass.

Garvey tied a school record with three interceptions in Ithaca's 28-7 win over Hartwick. It was part of a school-record six interceptions overall by the Bomber defense. Garvey returned his third interception of the day four yards for a touchdown. He also factored in on eight tackles.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Steven Gamble – Salisbury University

Sophomore, Linebacker, Rockville, Md.

Gamble blocked an extra point in No. 21 Salisbury’s 63-23 win over Utica to earn the Empire 8’s automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament Saturday. Gamble added four tackles, one for loss, a forced fumble and recovery and a pass broken up. It was the fourth blocked kick of the season for the Sea Gulls. 

Division III Southeast

Offensive Player of the Week

No Qualified Candidates Submitted.

Defensive Player of the Week

Sean Clark – The College of New Jersey

Junior, Defensive Back, Mays Landing, NJ

Clark helped TCNJ secure a 14-0 NJAC road win at Morrisville State. He became the seventh NJAC player this season to intercept two passes in a game, recording one pick in each half to help seal the win for TCNJ. He also garnered six tackles from his defensive back position to help secure the shutout. Clark currently ranks tied for eighth in the NJAC in interceptions (3).

Special Teams Player of the Week

No Qualified Candidates Submitted.

Division III Southwest

Offensive Player of the Week

Patrick Blanks – Carnegie Mellon University

Senior, Running Back, Cincinnati, Ohio

Senior Patrick Blanks of the Carnegie Mellon University football team turned in a stellar performance in the Tartans 31-14 win over Chicago.  The senior averaged 5.9 yards per carry while totaling 159 yards and three touchdowns.  His three scores marked the fifth time in his career he has rushed for three touchdowns in a contest and third time this season.  Blanks also moved into 6th-place on the school's all-time rushing list, as he now has 2,064 yards for his career. He currently leads the UAA in rushing and will look to secure his second straight season in doing so this coming week at Case Western Reserve.

Defensive Player of the Week

Sosthene Kapepula – Wesley College

Sophomore, Line Backer, Olney, Md.

Led team with ten tackles, including three for loss.  Also forced a fumble and broke up a pass. 

Special Teams Player of the Week

Connor Young – Carnegie Mellon University

Freshman, Place Kicker, Long Valley, NJ

Freshman place kicker Connor Young of the Carnegie Mellon University football team turned in a career performance in the Tartans 31-14 win over Chicago. Young was perfect on the day as he made all four of his extra point attempts.  With the score tied at 14-14, the freshman booted a career-long 45-yard field goal that split the uprights putting the Tartans on top for good.