HADLEY, MA – 'To the victor belongs the spoils' accurately describes the presence of 14 Ephs on the 2010 All-NESCAC Football Team after Williams rang up their 7th perfect season (8-0) in the last 22 years under first year head coach Aaron Kelton.
Moffitt a senior quarterback, who went 20-4 as a starter in his three years directing the Eph offense, was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year and the First Team quarterback. Joining Moffitt on the First Team offense were senior RB Ryan Lupo, sophomore WR Darren Hartwell, junior WR J.C. Stickney, and senior lineman Kevin Rose.
MLB Dylan Schultz, a senior captain with one more year of eligibility left, headlines a quintet of Ephs accorded First Team defensive honors. Junior lineman Colin Curzi and senior lineman Dan Canina (who also has one more year of eligibility remaining) and the junior defensive back duo of Tyler Cole and Dan O'Mara round out the Eph representation.
|Pat Moffitt '11||Ryan Lupo '11|
|Darren Hartwell '13||J.C. Stickney '12|
Curzi, Lupo, Rose, and Schultz are all repeat First Team selections, while Canina was a Second Team choice in 2009.
Four Ephs earned Second Team recognition led by sophomore Darren Hartwell who was named as a return specialist. Senior captain and tight end Jon Carroll and senior lineman Graham McCulloch were named to the offensive team, while senior end Tim Kiely represented the Ephs on defense.
Moffitt led an Eph offensive juggernaut that led NESCAC in scoring (293/36.6 a game), led in total offense (477.6/game), and he set five school records in leading Williams to the Little Three and NESCAC titles.
Moffitt is now the Ephs leader in TD passes in a season (25), TD passes in a career (45), yards passing in a season (2,386) and yards passing per game in a season (298.2) and a career (229.6). In the Ephs two toughest contests of the year vs. Trinity and Amherst Moffitt shined his brightest. He was 23-37-4 in the 29-21 win over trinity for 389 yards and 4 TDs. This season his pass efficiency rating was 171.4, almost 50 points higher than the next best in the conference.
Moffitt's passing percentage of 65.0 (160-246) topped the conference, as did his 25 TDs, which is both a single season Williams and NESCAC record.
|Kevin Rose '11||Dylan Schultz '11||Colin Curzi '12||Dan Canina '11|
Moffitt closed out his career with a stellar performance in Amherst against one of the top defense in the league when he threw for 326 yards and four TDs by hitting on 24 of his 34 pass attempts. He threw for three TDs in the second half in leading the Ephs into history breaking a 10-10 tie at the half and prevailing 31-16.
"Physically Pat Moffitt has great footwork, a strong arm, and the ability to make all of the throws," said offensive coordinator Bill Barrale. "Mentally he is mature beyond his years. He kept his composure regardless of the situation and was able to lead our offense. He is confident, has a short memory, and is a Winner. He will be missed."
For the second year in a row Ryan Lupo was the workhorse in the Ephs backfield as he rambled for 773 yards on 199 attempts for an average of 3.9 a carry. Lupo scored on 8 rushing TDs and averaged 96.6 yards a game. Lupo tied the Eph single game rushing TD mark when he scored four times in a come from behind win at Tufts.
|Dan O'Mara '12||Tyler Cole '12|
"Ryan was durable, reliable and he led by example," noted Eph running backs coach Donnie Brooks. "He ran tough inside and he spent a lot of time teaching our younger backs the Williams way and encouraging them to be better each day. With our success throwing the ball Ryan didn't get a lot of carries, so he made himself a better blocker and receiver and did everything he cold to make the team succeed."
Simply put – Darren Hartwell took the NESCAC by storm this season, After a freshman year in which he did not catch a pass, Hartwell caught one pass in the season-opening win over Bowdoin, before he EXPLODED in the big win over Trinity in the second game of the season.
Hartwell tied the single game Williams mark for most TD catches when he tallied three vs. Trinity on catches of 83, 89 and 25. He had five catches on the day for 205 yards. He duplicated his three-TD catch effort in the win over Middlebury and with his 33-yard TD catch vs. Amherst he set the Williams record for TD catches in a season at 10. On the year Hartwell had 35 catches for a NESCAC leading 695 yards and he averaged 19.9 yards a catch.
"Darren emerged as the most explosive player in the league this fall," noted receivers coach Marshall Creighton. "He's not just the fastest player on the field, he has great hands and great athleticism – can catch anything in the area."
J.C. Sitckney had a breakout season haling in 31 passes for 510 yards and 3 TDs. Stickney had two TD catches in the win over Amherst and he averaged 16.5 yards a catch this fall. "J.C. is a matchup nightmare for the defense,' said Creighton. "He's too fast inside for LBs and safeties and too big on the edge for CBs. He has worked very hard on getting yards after the catch."
Kevin Rose has been an anchor on the Eph offensive line for the past three seasons. This year Rose and his mates up front allowed the Ephs to generate the most offense in NESCAC and most points, while protecting the passer by allowing less than one sack a game. Rose was also named to the ECAC-North All-Star Team.
"Kevin played guard for 6 games and center for 2; exhibiting his versatility and unselfish approach, wanting what was best for the team," said first year offensive line coach Kyle Smesko. "He was very athletic and did a great job all year reaching defensive lineman and getting up to the linebackers on the second level.
On the defensive side of the field MLB Dylan Schultz led the Ephs in tackles (71), solos (48), assists (23), tackles for a loss (8.5) and sacks (8.5/33 yards). He also registered 1 pass interception, forced two fumbles and recovered one.
|Jon Carroll '11||Tim Kiely '11|
"Dylan had a great year anchoring our defense at the middle linebacker position," said defensive coordinator George McCormack. "His consistency all year long helped the defense to perform at a high level game in and game out. He did an outstanding job of making big plays at the most critical moments in the biggest games. He was also an excellent leader all year long as one of the captains."
Colin Curzi had 15 tackles on the year, notched one pass breakup and recovered one fumble in helping the Eph defensive line to shut down opposing offenses. The Eph defense was ranked second in NESCAC this season and allowed just 76.9 yards a game on the ground and 192.25 through the air. "Colin is athletic and strong," stated defensive line coach Marshal Maxwell. "He doesn't just take up blockers, he makes plays himself."
Dan Canina move outside on the defensive line to end, where he is more comfortable and his production echoed that. He tallied 23 tackles on the year and 12 were solos. 5.5 of Canina's tackles were TFLs and 2 were sacks. He also had a pass breakup and three QB hurries. "With his sheer strength Dan is a complete mismatch for the players trying to block him, because he is not just strong, but exceptionally fast," Maxwell. "By putting him on the tight end we changed the way teams tried to attack us – they didn't want any part of Dan."
Dan O'Mara notched 43 tackles this season to rank him third on the Eph squad. 26 of O'Mara's tackles were solos and five were TFLs. He picked off two passes and broke up five passes.
"Dan is the enforcer in the secondary," stated secondary coach Aaron McGinty. "He is not afraid to put his face on people. He had some pretty physical plays on defense this season, which helped set the tone at pivotal times in big games. He is also the leader of the group and he bought into all the hard work that it takes to be a good secondary."
Tyler Cole was seventh on the team in tackles with 25 (18 solos). Cole led the Ephs in interceptions with three, broke up five passes and registered one TFL.
Darren Hartwell earned Second Team recognition as a return specialist after returning 24 punts for 239 yards (24.0) and 11 kickoffs for 231 yards (21.1). His longest punt return was 33 yards and his longest kickoff return went for 36 yards.
"Tyler is a converted wide receiver, small in stature, but with a big heart who had to learn on the job," stated McGinty. "His toughness, ball hawking skills, and work ethic has earned him all conference honors. Tyler caused disruption in the timing of opposing pass plays, which allowed him the opportunity to intercept and break up a lot of passes. With a year of experience playing corner under his belt I look for Tyler to have an even bigger impact next year."
Jon Carroll hauled in 20 passes this fall, scoring five TDs, and accumulating 256 yards (12.8 yards per pass). "Jon led by example all year," noted Smesko. "He always stayed after to hit the sled or work on his steps. I can see why he was selected captain. I know the 4th down play from the 2009 season against Amherst, was a driving force behind his work ethic and his never give up attitude. He could do it all as a TE, block and catch the ball.
Graham McCulloch was a dominant presence up front on the offensive line for the Ephs all season. Kevin Rose has been an anchor on the Eph offensive line for the past three seasons. McCulloch was adept at protecting the passer and opening holes for the running backs and aided the Ephs in out scoring all of the other teams in NESCAC.
"Just hearing stories that Graham had never finished a season, and the fact that he finished the season and played through an injury speaks for his commitment to the team goal this year as well as his offseason training.," commented Smesko. "He had one of his best games against Middlebury, physically beating up on defensive linemen and linebackers. Like Rose, he was able to single block linemen and get up to the LB on the second level.
"Tim Kiely earned recognition for his excellent play at defensive end. Four of Kiely's 18 tackles came behind the line of scrimmage as he tallied two sacks and two TFLs. Kiely also racked up 12 solo tackles and assisted on six more.
"Tim Kiely brought an outstanding effort and attitude to every single game this year," noted McCormack. "His quickness and relentless pursuit allowed him to contribute to an outstanding defensive effort all season.
Head coach Aaron Kelton had the perfect coaching debut in leading Williams to a spotless 8-0 record this fall. This is the first time in his coaching career on any level that Kelton served as a head coach.
Kelton, who hired just one coach to his staff at Williams, was able to come on board at Williams and blend a mix of coaches and athletes into a cohesive and unbeatable team this fall.
Passionate is the word that best describes Kelton and his approach. His Eph players will tell you they've never worked harder and yet, never had more fun. The mutual respect engendered between the coaches and the players was a key ingredient in the Ephs success this fall.
"I just love these kids," said Kelton. "You have to have great players and a great staff to win and I have both. My staff did an excellent job in preparing the team to win each week and by extension I want to share this award with them. I'm thrilled and honored to represent Williams College and all that it stands for and will continue to work hard towards continuing this success."