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Gallaudet earns 13 All-ECFC honors, over half are repeat honorees

Gallaudet's all-conference first team selections on the 2019 ECFC all-conference teams

WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its 11th annual all-conference teams and Gallaudet University earned 13 honors.

Gallaudet had five players on the first team, one on the second team and seven received honorable mention accolades as a total 83 different student-athletes representing six programs received recognition from the conference after completion of the 2019 regular season. Dean College led the way with 19 honorees followed by SUNY Maritime (15), Alfred State College (13), Gallaudet (13), Anna Maria College (12) and Castleton University (11). ECFC champion Dean took home three of the seven conference awards.

Seven of GU's honorees are repeat honorees while six other players are making their first appearance on the All-ECFC teams.

Junior fullback RJ Randle (McCalla, Ala.) makes his second straight appearance on the All-ECFC First Team Offense and is joined by teammates sophomore running back Cassmeir Hutchinson (Chesapeake, Va.), junior offensive lineman Daniel Tanielu (Federal Way, Wash.) and senior return specialist Damonte Bray (Clinton, Md.). Redshirt junior linebacker Mason Gooch (Mount Sterling, Ky.) is GU's lone representative on the All-ECFC First Team Defense. All of the first team selections from GU only Bray is making his first appearance on an All-ECFC team.

Senior defensive lineman Everett Polzin (Frederick, Md.) makes his second all-conference team in a row as he was voted to the All-ECFC Second Team Defense. GU did not have any selections on the All-ECFC Second Team Offense.

GU's seven honorable mention selections feature two returning all-conference selections from 2017 and five players making their debut. Redshirt junior quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) returns to the all-conference team after being sidelined last year with an injury. Senior Reid Kelly (De Soto, Kan.) is one of three Gallaudet offensive linemen on the honorable mention list as Kelly makes his second career appearance on the All-ECFC honorable mention list. Kelly is joined by fellow linemen; junior Cress Fisher (Boyerstown, Pa.) and sophomore Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.). Bray earns his second all-conference award as he was selected a wide receiver honorable mention. Freshman linebacker Stefan Anderson (New Market, Md.) and sophomore punter Nicholas Maccini (San Diego, Calif.) earn their first all-conference honors.

Dean sophomore quarterback Terrell Watts was named ECFC Offensive Player of the Year as he led the conference in nearly every passing category including 27 touchdowns and 2,430 passing yards. Castleton junior defensive lineman Chris Rice was voted ECFC Defensive Player of the Year as he recorded 50 tackles, including 18 for a loss which led the conference. SUNY Maritime senior Michael Korwan was picked as the ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year as the Privateers finished third in the conference with 1,523 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, fifth best in the ECFC. SUNY Maritime sophomore kicker Joseph Gagliardi was selected the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year after he recorded 36 points with 15 extra points and seven field goals. Anna Maria College freshman wide receiver David Robinson took home ECFC Rookie of the Year honors as he hauled in 30 receptions for 473 yards and seven touchdowns. Dean head coach Steve Tirrell was recognized by his peers as the ECFC Coach of the Year as the Bulldogs went 4-1 in conference play won the ECFC championship and a bowl bid. Dean offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Anthony Baskerville was named ECFC Assistant Coach of the Year as his offense ranks first in the conference for points per game (30.1), touchdowns (40) and  yards per game (402.9).

In 11 seasons, Gallaudet has accumulated 111 all-conference honors from the ECFC. GU has garnered four ECFC Rookie of the Year awards, one ECFC Defensive Player of the Year, one ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year and two ECFC Coach of the Year honors. The Bison had a streak of one major ECFC award winner every year since the league began in 2009 until 2013. GU finished the season with a 2-6 overall record and 2-3 mark in the ECFC.

The league's coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players, voted on the All-ECFC teams.

Below is a brief paragraph on each Gallaudet honoree (stats and rankings as of 11/20/2019)

ECFC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Damonte Bray, Sr., Return Specialist
Ranks ninth in NCAA Division III for kickoff return touchdowns (1)...138th in kickoff returns (19.5 yard per return)...ranks fourth in the ECFC for return average (19.5 yards per return)...only returner in the conference with a touchdown...returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown against Dean (Oct. 26)...compiled 158 return yards on four kick returns (39.5 average per return) against Dean...second in the conference with 292 return yards on 15 kick returns...12th in all-purpose yards per game in the ECFC (70.4)...started all eight games...two-year letterwinner.

        Damonte Bray headshot
           
           
Cassmeir Hutchinson, So. Running Back
2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team...2018 All-ECFC Second Team Offense...ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 30)...ECFC Play of the Week (Sept. 11)...ranks 39th in NCAA Division III for kickoff returns (25.4 yards per return)...ranks 135th in rushing yards per game (65.0)...149th in all purpose (103.88 yards per game)...200th in rushing yards (520)...leads the ECFC in yards per rush (8.1)...second in return yards (25.4 average)...third in all-purpose yards (103.9 per game)...fourth in rushing yards (520), rushing yards per game (65.0)...ran for 116 yards in two games...had over 130 all-purpose yards in four of GU's eight games...played in eight games (seven starts)...two-year letterwinner.
        Cassmeir Hutchinson headshot
           
           
RJ Randle, Jr., Fullback
2018 All-ECFC First Team Offense...ECFC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 21)...ranks 120th in NCAA Division III for rushing yards per game (69.3)...166th in rushing touchdowns (6)...178th in rushing yards (554)...ranks second in the ECFC for rushing touchdowns (6), yards per rush (7.7)...third in rushing yards (554), rushing yards per game (69.3)...fifth in all-purpose yards per game (84.4)...ran for a career best 239 rushing yards on 14 carries (17.1 per rush) and scored two touchdowns of 32 and 59 yards in the second half against Alfred St. (Oct. 19)...started all eight games...three-year letterwinner.
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Daniel Tanielu, Jr., Offensive Lineman
2018 All-ECFC Second Team Offense...starter on GU's offensive line...Gallaudet's rushing offense is ranked 21st in NCAA Division III (235.0 rushing yards per game)...GU's rushing offense is No. 1 in the ECFC (235.0 yards per game)...the Bison offense is ranked first in the ECFC for rushing touchdowns (20), average yards per rush (5.4), rushing yards (1,880), red zone touchdown percentage (73 percent)...second in red zone percentage (73 percent), red zone touchdowns (22)...third in offensive yards per game (323.3)...GU ran for a season-high 590 yards in a 62-41 win over Alfred St. (Oct. 19) as the Bison compiled 623 total offensive yards and held the ball for over 36 minutes. GU scored nine of its touchdowns on the ground and had eight runs that went for 30 or more yards...started all eight games...three-year letterwinner.
        Daniel Tanielu headshot

ECFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Mason Gooch, R-Jr., Linebacker
2017 All-ECFC Second Team Defense...ranks 84th in Division III for solo tackles per game (5.0)...89th in total tackles (8.8 per game)...149th in tackles for loss (1.2 per game)...ranks third in the ECFC for tackles per game (8.8)...fifth in tackles (70), tackles for loss (9.5)...eighth in solo tackles (40), assists (30) in only eight games played...had eight or more tackles in six of the eight games played...had a season best 15 against Dean (Oct. 26)...started all eight games...four-year letterwinner.
        Mason Gooch headshot

ECFC SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Everett Polzin, Sr., Defensive Lineman
2018 All-ECFC Honorable Mention...2019 National Capital Region Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award Scholarship...ranks eighth in NCAA Division III for fumbles recovered (3)...leads the ECFC with three fumbles recovered...12th in sacks (2.5)...25th in sack yards (11)...44th in assists (13)...54th in tackles (26), tackles per game (3.3)...62nd in solo tackles (13)...had 10 tackles (eight solo) against SUNY Maritime (Nov. 2) on the road and one tackle for a loss of eight yards and one fumble recovery...started all eight games...three-year letterwinner.
        Everett Polzin headshot
           

ECFC HONORABLE MENTION

Stefan Anderson, Fr., Linebacker
ECFC Rookie of the Week (Sept. 30)...ranks fifth in the ECFC with fumble recoveries (1)...seventh in tackles per game (7.0)...eighth in assists (30)...10th in tackles (56)...12th in sacks (2.5)...16th in sack yards (15)...21st in solo tackles (26)...had nine or more tackles in four of eight games played...played in eight games (six starts)...first-year letterwinner.
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Timel Benton, R-Jr., Quarterback
2017 All-ECFC Honorable Mention...ECFC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 30)...ECFC Play of the Week (Oct. 23)...ranks 148th in NCAA Division III for points responsible for per game (10.6 points)...ranks 166th for rushing touchdowns (6)...second in the ECFC for rushing touchdowns (6)...ranks fifth in passing touchdowns (6), yards per attempt (6.9), yards per game (74.4)...eighth in yards (521), rushing yards per game (45.1)...ninth in rushing yards (316)...tied a program record with five rushing touchdowns  against Alfred St. (Oct. 19) as he carried the ball 15 times for 154 yards (10.3 per rush)...started in seven games...four-year letterwinner.

        Timel Benton headshot
           
           
Damonte Bray, Sr., Wide Receiver
Ranks ninth in NCAA Division III for kickoff return touchdowns (1)...138th in kickoff returns (19.5 yard per return)...ranks fourth in the ECFC for return average (19.5 yards per return)...only returner in the conference with a touchdown...returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown against Dean (Oct. 26)...compiled 158 return yards on four kick returns (39.5 average per return) against Dean...second in the conference with 292 return yards on 15 kick returns...12th in all-purpose yards per game in the ECFC (70.4)...started all eight games...two-year letterwinner.
        Damonte Bray headshot
           
           
Cress Fisher, Jr., Offensive Lineman
2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team...2018 ECFC All-Academic...starter on GU's offensive line...Gallaudet's rushing offense is ranked 21st in NCAA Division III (235.0 rushing yards per game)...GU's rushing offense is No. 1 in the ECFC (235.0 yards per game)...the Bison offense is ranked first in the ECFC for rushing touchdowns (20), average yards per rush (5.4), rushing yards (1,880), red zone touchdown percentage (73 percent)...second in red zone percentage (73 percent), red zone touchdowns (22)...third in offensive yards per game (323.3)...GU ran for a season-high 590 yards in a 62-41 win over Alfred St. (Oct. 19) as the Bison compiled 623 total offensive yards and held the ball for over 36 minutes. GU scored nine of its touchdowns on the ground and had eight runs that went for 30 or more yards...started all eight games...three-year letterwinner.
        Cress Fisher headshot
           
           
Jamal Garner, So., Offensive Lineman
Starter on GU's offensive line...Gallaudet's rushing offense is ranked 21st in NCAA Division III (235.0 rushing yards per game)...GU's rushing offense is No. 1 in the ECFC (235.0 yards per game)...the Bison offense is ranked first in the ECFC for rushing touchdowns (20), average yards per rush (5.4), rushing yards (1,880), red zone touchdown percentage (73 percent)...second in red zone percentage (73 percent), red zone touchdowns (22)...third in offensive yards per game (323.3)...GU ran for a season-high 590 yards in a 62-41 win over Alfred St. (Oct. 19) as the Bison compiled 623 total offensive yards and held the ball for over 36 minutes. GU scored nine of its touchdowns on the ground and had eight runs that went for 30 or more yards...started all eight games...two-year letterwinner.
        Jamal Garner headshot
           
           
Reid Kelly, Sr., Offensive Lineman
2017 All-ECFC Honorable Mention...starter on GU's offensive line...Gallaudet's rushing offense is ranked 21st in NCAA Division III (235.0 rushing yards per game)...GU's rushing offense is No. 1 in the ECFC (235.0 yards per game)...the Bison offense is ranked first in the ECFC for rushing touchdowns (20), average yards per rush (5.4), rushing yards (1,880), red zone touchdown percentage (73 percent)...second in red zone percentage (73 percent), red zone touchdowns (22)...third in offensive yards per game (323.3)...GU ran for a season-high 590 yards in a 62-41 win over Alfred St. (Oct. 19) as the Bison compiled 623 total offensive yards and held the ball for over 36 minutes. GU scored nine of its touchdowns on the ground and had eight runs that went for 30 or more yards...started all eight games...started all eight games...four-year letterwinner.
        Reid Kelly headshot
           
           
Nicholas Maccini, So., Punter
Ranks 102nd in Division III for punting (35.3 yards per punt)...ranks third in the ECFC for punting average (35.3 per punt)...had 11 punts land inside the 20...none of his 31 punts were blocked...tallied 1,093 punt yards in seven games as punter...had a career best 60-yard punt against Alvernia (Sept. 6)...had 145 punting yards or more in five games...added 31 tackles on defense at linebacker...played in seven games (one start)...first-year letterwinner.
        Nicholas Maccini headshot

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