Worrilow, who earned All-CAA honors for the third straight year and first team laurels for the second consecutive season, and Williams, who also earned third team honors and was selected as the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year, were among seven Delaware players selected to the three teams. The teams were picked based on voting of the 11 league head coaches.
In addition to Worrilow (below left) and Williams, UD senior wide receiver Nihja White, junior offensive guard Bobby Kennedy, and junior defensive tackle Zach Kerr earned second team honors while junior running back Andrew Pierce and junior offensive lineman Brandon Heath were third team selections.
Pierce (below right) was selected to the All-CAA team for the third straight year while White was recognized for the second straight season.
Delaware, led by 11th-year head coach K.C. Keeler, concluded its season this past Saturday with a 41-10 setback to league champion Villanova and finished the season with a record of 5-6, just the fourth sub .500 season for the program since 1988. Villanova, New Hampshire, and Old Dominion will all represent the CAA in the NCAA Tournament beginning next week.
The youthful Blue Hens, who were beset by injuries throughout the campaign and lost a third of their scholarship players to injury during the season, will return 27 players with starting experience in 2013.
Villanova head coach Andy Talley was named league Coach of the Year while Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke and James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson were named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year respectively; William & Mary punt returner B.W. Webb and Georgia State kick returner Albert Wilson shared Special Teams Player of the Year honors; and Williams and Villanova quarterback John Robertson were selected as Defensive and Offensive Rookie of the Year, respectively.
In addition, New Hampshire offensive lineman Chris Zarkoskie was selected as the inaugural Chuck Boone Leadership Award winner for outstanding leadership, integrity, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Delaware’s Worrilow was nominated for the award as well.
Worrilow (Concord HS/Wilmington, Del.) was the true leader of the Blue Hen defense and a two-time team captain. He led the team and the CAA in tackles with 107 tackles (10.7 per game) and finished his career ranked No. 5 all-time at Delaware with 377.
He also had nine tackles for losses of 44 yards, three sacks for 30 yards, broke up two passes, and forced a fumble. He recorded 10 or more tackles six times, including a career-high 18 vs. Delaware State, and currently ranks No. 6 in the NCAA in tackles per game.
Williams (Freeport HS/Freeport, N.Y.), a redshirt freshman who was pressed into the starting outside linebacker spot after season-ending injuries hit several projected starters in the pre-season, made an immediate impact on the Delaware defense and led the CAA in both sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (14).
A candidate for the Jerry Rice Award presented to the nation’s top freshman, Williams also leads all freshmen nationally in tackles for loss and is No. 2 in sacks. He becomes the first Delaware player to earn the league Defensive Rookie of the Year Award since cornerback Sidney Haugabrook in 2001.
White (above right; Conestoga HS/Wayne, Pa.) continued to rank among the top receivers in the league and hauled in a team-high 57 passes (No. 3 in the CAA with 6.3 per game) for 592 yards and one touchdown despite missing two games early in the season due to injuries. He had 80 or more receiving yards in each of his final four games and hauled in career-high 12 passes in his final collegiate game vs. Villanova.
He became the first player in UD history to have 50 or more receptions in three straight seasons and his 176 career catches ranks No. 5 all-time at UD. In addition, he set a UD record by catching at least one pass in each of his final 42 games.
Kennedy (at right; Caravel HS/Newark, Del.) earned second team honors despite playing offensive guard for the first time in his career this fall. Originally a defensive lineman and then a tight end during his Blue Hen career, he finally settled in on the offensive line this fall and performed well after missing much of the pre-season and the season opener with an injury.
Kerr (at left; Quince Orchard HS/Gaithersburg, Md.) also made an immediate impact in his first season with the Hens this fall after transfering from the University of Maryland. The rugged Kerr bolstered a UD defensive front that ranked No. 2 in the CAA in rushing defense (134.2 yards per game) and recorded 21 sacks.
Kerr started all 11 games and recorded 27 tackles, including a sack and 4.5 tackles for loss. He also returned an interception for a touchdown vs. William & Mary and recovered two fumbles.
Pierce (Cumberland Regional HS/Bridgeton, N.J.) was hampered by knee and hamstring injuries for much of the season but still managed to rank among the league leaders in rushing with a team-high 703 yards and four touchdowns.
He missed two games to injuries and played sparingly in two others but still ranked sixth in the league with 78.1 yards rushing per game. The 2010 CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year and an All-CAA selection in both 2010 and 2011, Pierce gained 100 or more yards three times in 2012 and finished the season with 3,637 career yards to rank No. 3 all-time at Delaware heading into his senior year in 2013.
Heath (at right; Henderson HS/West Chester, Pa.) was the leader of the offensive front as a second-year starter this fall. A starting tackle throughout the 2011 season and for the first six games of 2012, Heath showed his versatility by moving over to the center position at mid-season and was outstanding the rest of the way.
He will enter the 2013 season having started 25 games, including 22 straight, on the offensive front.
2012 Colonial Athletic Association Teams
Coach of the Year: Andy Talley, Villanova
Offensive Player of the Year: Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephon Robertson, James Madison
Special Teams Co-Player of the Year: B.W. Webb, William and Mary; Albert Wilson, Georgia State
Offensive Rookie of the Year: John Robertson, Villanova
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jeff Williams, Delaware
1st Team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Offense: QB - Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion; RB - Kevin Monangai, Villanova; Terrance West, Towson; FB/HB - Kendall Gaskins, Richmond; WR - Ben Edwards, Richmond; R.J. Harris, New Hampshire; Nick Mayers Old Dominion; TE - Justin Perillo Maine; OL - Randall Harris, Towson; Chris Howley, Maine; Seamus O'Neill, New Hampshire; Eric Pike, Towson; Earl Watford, James Madison; PK - Jarod Brown, Old Dominion; KR - Albert Wilson, Georgia State; PR - Ryan Smith, James Madison
Defense: DL - Frank Beltre, Towson; Chris Burnette, Old Dominion; Rakim Cox, Villanova; Antoine Lewis, Villanova; Jared Smith, New Hampshire; LB - Donte Dennis, Maine; Matt Evans, New Hampshire; Stephon Robertson, James Madison; Paul Worrilow, Delaware; CB - Eric Loper, Villanova; B.W. Webb, William and Mary; S - Jordan Dangerfield, Towson; Dean Marlowe, James Madison; Cooper Taylor, Richmond; P - Jonathan Plisco, Old Dominion
2nd Team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Offense: QB - Grant Enders, Towson; RB - Dae'Quan Scott, James Madison; Nico Steriti , New Hampshire; FB/HB - Brian Barlow, James Madison; WR - Tre McBride, William and Mary; Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion; Nihja White, Delaware; TE - Kevin Finney, Richmond; OL - David Born , Old Dominion; Josh Bucci, Villanova; Bobby Kennedy, Delaware; Mike Salazar, William and Mary; Doug Shaw, Towson; Josh Spearin - Maine; PK - Cameron Starke, James Madison; KR - Justin Grant, Richmond; PR- B.W. Webb , William and Mary
Defense: DL - Marlon Johnson, Villanova; Evan Kelly, Richmond; Zach Kerr, Delaware; Romale Tucker, Towson; LB - Devon Bridges, Villanova; Monte Gaddis, Towson; Darius McMillan, Richmond; Jabrel Mines, William and Mary; Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion; CB - Darlos James, Maine; Jordan Love, Towson; Dontra Peters, New Hampshire; S -Manny Asam, New Hampshire; Brian Thompson, William and Mary; P - Matt Hubbard, Georgia State
3rd Team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Offense: QB - John Robertson, Villanova; RB - Andrew Pierce, Delaware; Donald Russell, Georgia State; WR - Stephen Barnette, Richmond; Brandon Johnson-Farrell, Rhode Island; Tom Ryan, Towson; Norman White, Villanova; Albert Wilson, Georgia State; TE - Harold Spears, New Hampshire; OL - Mike Coccia, New Hampshire; Brandon Heath, Delaware; Vince Kowalski, Villanova; Jack Lowney, Old Dominion; Nick Ritcher, Richmond; Chris Zarkoskie, New Hampshire; PK - Mike MacArthur, New Hampshire; KR - Derrick Joseph, Towson; PR - Poppy Livers, Villanova
Defense: DL - Dominique Guinn-Bailey, Old Dominion; Matt Morgan, Towson; Tyler Snow, James Madison; Nick Zaremba, William and Mary; LB - Andrew Bose, Rhode Island; Luke Rhodes, William and Mary; Jeff Williams, Delaware; Eric Wright, Richmond; CB - Jamaal Bess, Rhode Island; Darryl Hamilton, Richmond; Tye Smith, Towson; S - Jerome Couplin, William and Mary; Jakarie Jackson, James Madison; Joe Sarnese, Villanova; P - Drake Kuhn, William and Mary; David Skahn, James Madison