WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- At the annual Williams College Sideline Quarterback Club team banquet at The Williams Inn the Ephs handed out six longtime special awards to deserving team members. The 2017 Eph team posted a plus six-win season (6-3) in the first year of the NESCAC's nine-game season. Two of the Ephs' six wins were posted against opponents who were in first place in NESCAC when they met Williams: Middlebury and archrival Amherst.
Eph head football coach Mark Raymond spoke about each award recipient.
The oldest Eph football team award is the Belvidere Brooks Memorial Award, which was first awarded in 1919.
The newest football award debuted in 2011 and is the prestigious Michael Meredith Reily '64 Award that was established by the Class of 1964 and teammates of Mike Reily. The winner of the Reily Award is determined by a vote of team members.
2017 Football Season Team Awards
BELVIDERE BROOKS MEMORIAL AWARD
|Sam Gowen '18|
Purchased from a fund established by alumni of the College, friends of Captain Belvidere Brooks '10, who was killed in action at Villesavoye, France, August 21, 1918. Presented at the close of the football season by the President of the College to the member of the team whose playing during the season has been of the greatest credit to the College. No person shall receive the medal more than once. Awarded by the committee made up of the chairman of the faculty committee on athletics, the head coach and the manager of the team.
MICHAEL D. RAKOV MEMORIAL AWARD
|Ellis Eaton '18|
Presented in 1957 by the members of Alpha Delta Phi, to be awarded annually to the member of the varsity football team who, in the opinion of his coaches, is the most improved lineman, and who possesses superior qualities of leadership, aggressiveness and determination.
CHARLES DEWOODY SALMON AWARD
|Bobby Maimaron '21|
Presented in 1960 by his former teammates in memory of Captain Charles D. Salmon, USAF, former Little All-American guard and captain of the 1951 Williams College football team, killed in the service of his country. Awarded to that member of the varsity football squad who, in the opinion of the coaching staff, has made the most significant contribution to the varsity football team in his sophomore or first year of eligibility. Presented by the team of 1951 in the sincere hope that it will serve to inspire the recipients in the years to follow to seek the same superior qualities of performance and leadership, which Chuck Salmon exemplified.
DR. EDWARD J. COUGHLIN, JR. BOWL
Presented by the Williams Sideline Quarterback Club to that member of the Williams College Football team who in spite of adversity or injury has made an outstanding contribution to the team.
RICHARD J. FARLEY AWARD
Presented in honor of College Football Hall of Fame coach Dick Farley to the senior member of the football team who in the opinion of the coaching staff demonstrated the superior qualities of dedication, loyalty, and sacrifice for the betterment of the team. Farley coached the Ephs from 1987-2003 and posted five perfect seasons en route to a 114-19.3 (.849) record.
Michael Meredith Reily '64 Award
Michael Reily biography and list of award recipients.
|Chris Hattar '18|
Presented in 2011 for the first time, the Michael Meredith Reily '64 Award is determined by a vote of the players. This award honors the player who best embodies the spirit, ideals, and character of the team as defined by his teammates. The award is presented at the end of each season.
Named in honor of Mike Reily '64 who exemplified over his Williams career the highest levels of performance and leadership on the playing field with extraordinary levels of determination, courage, and grace in the face of personal adversity.
Mike Reily was named an All-American in both 1961 and 1962. In November of 1962 it was determined that Reily had Hodgkin's Disease. Although his health deteriorated over the next 18 months, Reily was determined to graduate with his class, remaining a presence on campus, attending classes, presiding over his fraternity, and serving as a co-captain of the 1963 team.
After graduating with his class and receiving his Williams diploma in June of 1964, Reily passed away 31 days later. Reily was respected and loved by his teammates and all who knew him. Mike Reily represented the highest ideal of Williams College and the Williams College football program.