Delaware Places Nine Standouts on All-Colonial Athletic Association Football All-Star Squads; Jones, Kerr Earn First Team Honors
Pictured below, top to bottom: Rob Jones, Zach Kerr, Andrew Pierce, Michael Johnson, Nick Boyle, Bobby Kennedy, Patrick Callaway, Eric Enderson, Brandon Heath (Photos by Mark Campbell)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Led by first team selections Rob Jones and Zach Kerr, the University of Delaware football squad placed nine student-athletes on the Colonial Athletic Association All-Star teams announced Tuesday morning.
Student-athletes were nominated and selected from a vote of the 11 CAA head football coaches.
Delaware, which had five players honored on the 2012 All-CAA team, recently completed it season under first-year head coach Dave Brock with a 7-5 overall mark and a 4-4 slate in CAA play, good for a tie for fifth place in the league standings.
The Blue Hens received votes in every The Sports Network Top 25 poll during the season, climbing as high as 15th on Nov. 4.
Jones, a senior from Tampa, Fla. (Armwood HS), was selected as the CAA’s top punt returner while Kerr, a senior from Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS), was a first team pick at defensive line. Kerr also earned second team All-CAA honors last season as a junior.
Delaware had seven other players recognized as senior running back Andrew Pierce, junior wide receiver Michael Johnson, junior tight end Nick Boyle, senior offensive guard Bobby Kennedy, junior linebacker Patrick Callaway, and redshirt freshman punter Eric Enderson were all second team picks and senior center Brandon Heath was selected to the third team.
Pierce, Kennedy, and Heath joined Kerr as repeat selections as Pierce was named CAA Rookie of the Year and first team All-CAA in 2010 and second team All-CAA in 2011 while Kennedy was a second team pick and Heath was a third team selection in 2012.
CAA champion Maine dominated the major awards as Jack Cosgrove was named Coach of the Year; quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was selected as Offensive Player of the Year; and linebacker Christophe Mulumba was picked as Defensive Rookie of the Year.
In addition, Towson running back Terrance West was named Offensive Player of the Year; James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson was Defensive Player of the Year; William & Mary kick returner Tre McBride was named Special Teams Player of the Year; and Towson running back Darius Victor was tabbed as Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Jones, who returned to action this season after missing almost the entire 2012 campaign with an injury, led the CAA in punt return average as he had 14 returns for 169 yards and a 12.1 yard average, including a 62-yard return for a touchdown vs. Delaware State.
His 12.1 average was the fourth best mark in UD history and would have ranked eighth in the NCAA this year if he had enough returns to qualify for the lead. Also a standout wide receiver, Jones caught 43 passes for 479 yards and five touchdowns in 2013.
Kerr, a second-year transfer from Maryland, proved to be one of the league’s top interior defensive lineman once again this fall.
A co-captain, Kerr recorded 57 tackles (28 solo), including 5.5 tackles for loss (29 yards), 3.5 sacks (24 yard), two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He ranked fourth among all CAA down linemen in tackles.
Pierce (Cumberland Regional HS/Bridgeton, N.J.), a two-year UD co-captain, capped one of the finest careers by any runner in UD or CAA history this fall as he led the Blue Hens in rushing with 822 yards on 183 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes for 261 yards and a score.
He finished his career with a school-record 930 carries and ranked No. 2 in rushing yardage with 4,459 yards, good for No. 8 all-time in CAA history. He also ranked third all-time at Delaware with both a 94.9-yard per game rushing average and 44 rushing touchdowns and also caught 103 career passes.
Johnson (Gainesville HS/Gainesville HS) proved to be one of the league’s most dynamic players, whether it be catching passes, running the ball, or returning kickoffs. He ranked second only to Towson’s West in all-purpose yardage, piling up 1,800 yards for an average of 150.0 per game.
He led the Blue Hens in receiving with 60 catches for 1,035 yards and nine touchdowns, rushed for 159 yards and two scores, and returned 20 kickoffs for an average of 20.9 yards per return. He had six plays go for 60 yards or more during the season and led all CAA receivers with nine touchdowns while ranking third in yardage and seventh in receptions.
Boyle (High Point Regional HS/Wantage, N.J.) had a breakout year for the Blue Hens as a junior as he ranked third on the team in receiving with 42 catches for 474 yards and seven touchdowns.
He led all CAA tight ends in receiving yards and touchdowns and ranked second only to Maine’s first team selection Justin Perillo in receptions. Boyle’s seven touchdowns ranked No. 2 nationally among all NCAA FCS tight ends.
In addition, his receptions and receiving yards were the most by a UD tight end since All-American and former NFL player Ben Patrick caught 60 passes for 639 yards in 2006.
Kennedy (Caravel Academy/Newark, Del.) earned second team All-CAA honors for the second straight year after anchoring a Delaware offense that ranked among the top units in the conference.
He started all 12 games at guard - extending his starting streak to 21 - and helped the Blue Hens rank No. 2 in the CAA in scoring (32.8 points per game), No. 3 in the CAA in passing offense (240.0 yards per game), passing efficiency (143.84), and sacks allowed (1.50), and No. 4 in rushing (177.0) and third down conversions (41.4 percent).
Callaway (Martin Luther King HS/Lithonia, Ga.) also had a breakout year as he replaced All-American Paul Worrilow at middle linebacker and was a steady force throughout the year.
He recorded a team-high 120 tackles (53 solo) to average 10.0 per game and rank No. 2 in the CAA and No. 18 in the NCAA. He had 10 or more tackles five times with a career-high 18 vs. William & Mary and also added five tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries.
No player in the history of Delaware football had a better season punting than Enderson (Phoebus HS/Hampton, Va.), a redshirt freshman who ranked among the nation’s top punters.
After a slow start over the first three games, he was the model of consistency and led the CAA in punting average (45.0 per punt), punting yardage (2,701), and punts over 50 yards (22 - no other CAA player had more than 13), and ranked No. 2 in punts inside the opponent 20-yard line (20).
His 45.0 yard average, which currently ranks No. 3 nationally, shattered the UD single season record of 42.8 set by Gene Vadas in 1991. Enderson was one of only three freshmen honored on the All-CAA squads and was the only rookie special teams player honored.
Heath (Henderson HS/West Chester, Pa.) was among the CAA’s top centers as a third-year starter. He started all 12 games for the Hens and finished his career having played in 48 games with 37 starts, including 34 consecutive games as part of the opening lineup.
One of three seniors on the unit, he helped the Blue Hens rank No. 2 in the CAA in scoring (32.8 points per game), No. 3 in the CAA in passing offense (240.0 yards per game), passing efficiency (143.84), and sacks allowed (1.50), and No. 4 in rushing (177.0) and third down conversions (41.4 percent).
All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team:
Offense - QB - Marcus Wasilewski (Maine); RB - Omar Osbourne (Albany), Dae'Quan Scott (James Madison), Terrance West (Towson); FB - Emmanuel Holder (Towson); WR - Ben Edwards (Richmond), R.J. Harris (New Hampshire), Tre McBride (William & Mary); TE - Justin Perillo (Maine); OL - Matt Crisafi (William & Mary), Jeff Gakos (Maine), Austin Gund (Richmond), Randall Harris (Towson), Eric Pike (Towson); PK - Sean Decloux (Maine); KR - Mackenzie Elliott (Rhode Island); PR - Rob Jones (Delaware)
Defense - DL - Rakim Cox (Villanova), Ryan Delaire (Towson), Zach Kerr (Delaware), Mike Reilly (William & Mary), Jordan Stanton (James Madison); LB - Telvion Clark (Towson), Airek Green (William & Mary), Christophe Mulumba (Maine), Luke Rhodes (William & Mary), Stephon Robertson (James Madison); CB -Kendall James (Maine), Jordan Love (Towson); S - Christian Carpenter (Towson), Jerome Couplin III (William & Mary); P - Nick Ferrara (Stony Brook).
All-Colonial Athletic Association 2nd Team
Offense - QB - John Robertson (Villanova); RB - Andrew Pierce (Delaware), Nico Steriti (New Hampshire); FB - Seth Fisher (Richmond); WR - Stephen Barnette (Richmond), Malcolm Eugene (Stony Brook), Michael Johnson (Delaware); TE - Nick Boyle (Delaware); OL - Ricky Archer (New Hampshire), Josh Bucci (Villanova), Joe Hook (Maine), Bobby Kennedy (Delaware), Josh Wells (James Madison); PK - Brandon Jordi (Richmond); KR - Tre McBride (William & Mary); PR - Robbie Jackson (Rhode Island)
Defense - DL - Michael Cole (Maine), Evan Kelly (Richmond), Antoine Lewis (Villanova), Josh Moody (Rhode Island), Tyler Snow (James Madison); LB - Andrew Bose (Rhode Island), Pat Callaway (Delaware), Don Cherry (Villanova), Jawara Dudley (Stony Brook), Monte Gaddis (Towson); CB -
Craig James (Villanova), Tye Smith (Towson); S - Dean Marlowe (James Madison), Christian Ricard (Stony Brook); P - Eric Enderson (Delaware).
All-Colonial Athletic Association 3rd Team
Offense - QB - Michael Strauss (Richmond); RB - Mikal Abdul-Saboor (William & Mary), Kevin Monangai (Villanova); FB/HB - Darnell Laws (William & Mary); WR - John Ebeling (Maine), Leon Kinnard (Towson), Justin Mello (New Hampshire), Spencer Wilkins (Towson); TE - Harold Spears (New Hampshire); OL - Andrew Belizaire (Rhode Island), Ross Hall (Villanova), Brandon Heath (Delaware), Seamus O'Neill (New Hampshire), Doug Shaw (Towson); PK - John Carpenter (William & Mary); KR - Derrick Joseph (Towson); PR - Dean Marlowe (James Madison).
Defense - DL - Trevor Bates (Maine), Andrew Smith (UAlbany), James Timmins (Rhode Island), Kerry Wynn (Richmond); LB - Akil Anderson (New Hampshire), Christian Dorsey (UAlbany), Aaron Roane (Richmond), Gage Steele (James Madison), Eric Wright (Richmond); CB - DeAndre Houston-Carson (William & Mary), Wayne Pettus (Richmond); S - Manny Asam (New Hampshire), Cameron McCurry (Villanova); P - Mark Hamilton (Villanova).
2013 CAA Football Major Awards
Coach of the Year: Jack Cosgrove, Maine
Offensive Player of the Year: Terrance West, Towson, Jr., Running Back
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., Linebacker
Special Teams Player of the Year: Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Darius Victor, Towson, Fr., Running Back
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Christophe Mulumba, Maine, R-Fr., Linebacker