Football Collects Three Major Awards, 17 All-Conference Selections

Football Collects Three Major Awards, 17 All-Conference Selections

MAC RELEASE

ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Stevenson University football team claimed three major awards and had a total of 17 All-Conference selections as the Middle Atlantic Conference released its All-Conference teams Wednesday morning.

Junior quarterback Dan Williams was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year, while senior defensive back Austin Tennessee was named Defensive Player of the Year.  Finally, sixth-year head coach Ed Hottle was named the league's Coach of the Year.

Earning First Team All-Conference honors were Williams, Tennessee, junior wide receiver Preston Addo, who was also honored as a returner, sophomore linebacker Ashton Leschke, senior defensive back Billy Lewis, and senior running back Devonte Williams, who was honored as a special teams player.

Collecting Second Team accolades were junior wide receiver Devin Salisbury, junior offensive lineman Nick Jachera, senior kicker Tim Sternfeld, senior defensive lineman Austin Meyers, and senior defensive back Jimmy Lauer.

Earning Honorable Mention All-Conference were sophomore running back Jainard Crawley-Lambert, sophomore fullback Patrick Najmola, senior offensive lineman Travis Soubie, senior defensive lineman Travis Bonds, and junior linebacker Mike Datu.

Dan Williams has started all 10 games at quarterback for the Mustangs and completed 63.6% (178-280) of his passes with 24 touchdowns and just seven interceptions for 2,146 yards.  He threw for at least 200 yards five times, including a program record 338 yards with six touchdowns in a win over FDU-Florham on September 24.  Williams has thrown just one interception in the last five games, a span of 133 passes.  His 24 passing TDs lead the MAC, while he ranks second in yards and completion percentage.

Tennessee, a two-time MAC First Team selection prior to this season, is tied for the team lead with six interceptions on the season, including a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, while also registering eight pass breakups.  He is tied for the league lead in interceptions while leading the MAC in passes defended with 14.  A two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week, Tennessee is third on the Mustangs with 53 tackles (41 solo), including 2.5 tackles for a loss.

Hottle is the only head coach the Mustangs have known, as he was hired in late 2009 to build Stevenson's program that took the field in the fall of 2011.  Since then, he has steadily guided the Mustangs as they have risen to national prominence, this season posting a 9-1 record and claiming the program's first MAC title and NCAA appearance.  Stevenson started the season by winning its first eight games and rose as high as No. 12 in the national polls.  Over the last three seasons, Stevenson has posted a 26-6 record.  It marks the second time in his career Hottle has won a conference Coach of the Year award, as he earned 2009 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Coach of the Year honors while at the helm of Gallaudet's program.

Addo earned a First Team nod both at wide receiver as well as as a returner.  As a receiver he had 41 catches, second on the team, while amassing a team-high 737 receiving yards and finishing the regular season with 11 touchdown grabs.  Addo had three touchdown catches in a win against FDU-Florham and had an 80-yard TD reception in last Saturday's regular season finale against Lycoming.  As a returner, Addo returned 21 punts for 301 yards (14.3 yds/return), including the program's first-ever punt return for a touchdown at Widener on October 15.  He also has five kick returns for 120 yards on the season.

Leschke leads the Mustangs with 77 tackles on the season, including 48 solo stops.  He has had at least five tackles in every game this season, and posted a career-best 13 tackles at Lycoming to earn MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.  Leschke is tied for the team lead with 6.5 tackles for a loss and also had an interception in a win at defending league champion Albright in September.  Earlier this season, Leschke was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

Lewis earns MAC First Team accolades for the second straight year, as he was also a 2015 First Team All-Conference selection.  Stevenson's all-time leader in interceptions with 20, Lewis is tied for the team lead with six, including three in the season opener against North Carolina Wesleyan.  Lewis has also posted 24 tackles and a forced fumble on the season.

Devonte Williams has rushed for a team-high 549 yards on the season on 108 carries with four touchdowns.  He earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors following a 41-20 win at King's in October after he carried 28 times for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  He also has eight catches on the season, including an 83-yard touchdown reception in a win at Widener on October 15.

Salisbury proved to be Dan Williams' top target, catching a team-high 65 balls for 675 yards and five touchdowns on the season.  He had a season-high 11 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns in a win over FDU-Florham on September 24, while also recording 10 receptions for 95 yards and a TD at Widener on October 15.  Salisbury also averaged 23.2 yards on 12 kick returns on the season.

Jachera repeats as a MAC Second Team selection on the offensive line.  He started every game on the offensive line for the third straight year, playing all 10 games thus far in 2016 at nose tackle.  The Mustang offensive line allowed the third-fewest sacks in the MAC (15) while Stevenson averaged over 135 yards on the ground this season.

Sternfeld totaled 69 points kicking to rank fifth in the league in scoring and first among kickers, converting 42-46 extra points and 9-12 field goals.  He matched his career high with a 45-yard field goal against Misericordia on October 1 as he finished with 12 points, one of two games in which he finished with 12 points on the season.  Sternfeld also averaged 34.3 yards per punt on 47 punts, placing 14 kicks inside the opponent's 20 on the season.

Meyers earned MAC Honorable Mention All-Conference last season.  In 10 games this season, the senior has totaled 36 tackles (24 solo), which includes six tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks, which leads the team.  He had a season-high seven tackles, including a sack, against Wilkes on November 5, and had two tackles for a loss in the season opener against North Carolina Wesleyan.

Lauer sits fifth on the Mustangs with 40 tackles (32 solo) on the season, including three tackles for a loss.  He also has four interceptions, good for third behind Tennessee and Lewis, in addition to three pass breakups.  Lauer was named MAC Defensive Player of the week for the second time in his career following the Lebanon Valley game September 17 in which he had nine tackles and an interception.

Crawley-Lambert appeared in the season's first seven games and carried 102 times for 516 yards and nine touchdowns.  He twice eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark, including 130 yards and three touchdowns in a win at Misericordia on October 1.  Crawley-Lambert rushed 20 times for 107 yards and two scores in the season opener against North Carolina Wesleyan.

Najmola started all 10 games at fullback and posted four catches on the season, including two in a 19-0 blanking of No. 25 Delaware Valley on October 22.  He assisted a Mustang front line that surrendered just 13 sacks and allowed the run game to amass more than 1,300 yards.

Soubie earns MAC Honorable Mention All-Conference for the second straight season.  He has started all 10 games at center for the Mustangs.

Bonds started all 10 games for the Mustangs at nose guard and registered 26 tackles on the season, including 2.5 tackles for a loss.  He had six tackles in a game twice, posting six stops in a win over Lebanon Valley on September 17 and against Wilkes on November 5.

Datu, who earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Delaware Valley game, sits fourth on the team with 52 tackles (36 solo), including six tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks.  Against the Aggies, Datu totaled nine tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.  He also had nine stops in a win at defending league champ Albright, and had two interceptions on the season, including a pick six at Widener.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday at noon when it travels to Wesley College for an NCAA first round game at Miller Stadium in Dover, Del.