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2001 Amherst Football Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
*Finished with a 7-1 overall record - including a trio of shutout wins over Hamilton, Bowdoin, and Wesleyan - narrowly missing out on becoming the first Amherst team to finish 8-0 since 1984.
*Allowed just six points through the first five games of the season, and didn't allow a touchdown until the sixth game, a 14-10 win at Tufts University.
*Tied a 21-year old NCAA record (held most recently by the University of Dayton in 1980) by not allowing a passing touchdown all season long.
*Led the nation (all divisions) in scoring defense (6.1 ppg).
*Also finished seventh in the nation (NCAA Division III) in pass efficiency defense (77.2), 10th in total defense (239.4 ypg) and 26th in rushing defense (97.5 ypg).
*Led the NESCAC in total defense (239.4 ypg) and finished fourth in total offense (339.5 ypg).
*The only team in the NESCAC with players named to the Verizon Academic All-District Team (Paul Whiting '04 & Matt Flavin '02) and listed as finalists for Academic All-America consideration.
*Had 12 players earn All-NESCAC honors (second most in the conference), including seven on defense.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Senior Defensive Tackle Pat McGee (Marshfield, MA)
*Tied for 11th in the nation in pass sacks (1.2 sacks/gm.) and tied for 19th in tackles for loss (2.1/gm.).
*NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-NESCAC (for the second consecutive season), and a First-Team ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star (was also a second-team selection as a junior).
*Tabbed a Division II/III All-Star by the New England football writers and named to the 2001 Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-East Region Second Team, as selected by the regions' sports information directors.
*Football Gazette and D3Football.com Third-Team All-American.
*Capped his career as Amherst's all-time sack leader with 29.5 in four seasons.
*Also tied the single-season school record with 9.5 sacks and finished the season as the team's fourth leading tackler with 52 takedowns, including 30 unassisted.
*Earned NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors (the third of his career) after finishing with 10 tackles, including four unassisted, four for loss and two sacks, as Amherst held Bowdoin College to just 127 yards of total offense en route to its second consecutive shutout.

Senior Running Back Okey Ugwonali (Dallas, TX)
*Finished ninth in the NESCAC in rushing (73.4 ypg).
*Tabbed a Third-Team Preseason All-American by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette.

Senior Quad-Captain Wide Receiver Derrell Wright (Hudson, OH)
*Ninth leading receiver in the NESCAC with a team-best 31 catches for 448 yards, despite battling injuries and defensive double-teams all season long.
*Second-Team All-NESCAC selection (was also a first-team selection at two different positions, wide receiver and punt returner, as a junior).
*Graduates as one of the most spectacular offensive players in school history, finishing his career with 138 receptions for 2,256 yards, just 80 yards and five catches shy of 11-year NFL veteran and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Freddie Scott '74's school records in both categories.
*Holds school records for single-game receiving yardage (224 yards vs. Trinity, 1998) and long reception (91 yards from Peter Honig '01 vs. Colby, 2000).

Senior Linebacker Gregg Stankewicz (Portland, CT)
*Tied for 27th in the nation in sacks (1.0 sacks/gm.).
*Tabbed Second-Team All-NESCAC for the second consecutive season.
*Posted 8.0 sacks and 13 tackles for losses in his final season - second only to Pat McGee in both categories - and finished with 38 overall tackles.
*Also tied for the team-lead with 12 tackles in the backfield as a junior, led the Jeffs with seven sacks for a loss of 33 yards as a sophomore and tallied 4.5 sacks as a first-year in 1998.

Senior Linebacker Brian Landolfi (Hanover, MA)
*Tied for 21st in the nation in passes defended (1.8/gm.).
*First-Team All-NESCAC and Second-Team ECAC Northeast All-Star.
*Finished the 2001 season with 57 takedowns - making him the team's third leading tackler - after finishing third on the team with 55 tackles as a junior, second in 1999 with 46 takedowns and fourth as a first-year with 61 tackles.

Senior Strong Safety Jay Hutchins (Columbus, OH)
*Two-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week in 2001; once after notching 12 tackles and forcing a turnover in Amherst's 7-3 win over Middlebury College, the second after a 10-tackle performance at Trinity College in which he recovered a fumble in Amherst's end zone and raced 24 yards, setting up the game-winning touchdown.
*First-Team All-NESCAC and Second-Team ECAC Northeast All-Star.
*Tallied a team second-best 68 tackles after leading the Jeffs with 76 total tackles as a junior.

Senior Quad-Captain Linebacker Dan Lalli (Watertown, MA)
*NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after posting a career-high 18 tackles and a forced fumble in a 28-10 win over visiting Trinity.
*Led the Jeffs with 79 tackles in 2001.
*Tabbed First-Team All-NESCAC (for the second consecutive season - also tabbed NESCAC Rookie of the Year as a first-year) and First-Team ECAC Northeast All-Star (third straight season named All-ECAC).
*Started all 32 games in four seasons, including two as team captain.

Senior Offensive Lineman Josh Ahearn (North Brookfield, MA)
*First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team ECAC Northeast All-Star.
*Capped his career as one of the conference's best offensive lineman. Behind Ahearn at center, the Jeffs averaged 204.4 yards rushing in 2001 despite suffering a wealth of injuries in the offensive backfield. The Jeffs also rushed for 1,355 yards in 2000, Ahearn's junior season.

Senior Defensive Lineman Brad Hensley (Cincinnati, OH)
*First-Team All-NESCAC selection.
*Finished with 36 tackles in 2001, including seven in the backfield and a pair of sacks, posting a combined 74 tackles over his junior and senior seasons.

Senior Quad-Captain Tight End Matt Flavin (Littleton, CO)
*Second-Team All-NESCAC
*Named NESCAC Fall All-Academic for the third consecutive season.
*Verizon Academic All-District selection.

Junior Quarterback Jeff Browne (Victor, NY)
*Finished sixth in the NESCAC in passing with a 99.8 efficiency rating.

Junior Punter Geoff Bough (Los Altos, CA)
*Led the NESCAC and tied for 24th in the nation with a 38.2-yard punting average.
*Placed 19 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line.
*First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team ECAC Northeast All-Star selection.

Junior Offensive Lineman Rob Vernicek (Montville, NJ)
*Tabbed Second-Team All-NESCAC for the second consecutive season.

Sophomore Running Back Fletcher Ladd (Amherst, NH)
*Second in the NESCAC in rushing touchdowns (7) and seventh in rushing (79.8 ypg).
*Second-Team All-NESCAC selection.
*Finished the season with three straight 100-yard games.

Sophomore Defensive Back Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA)
*Verizon Academic All-District selection.

First-Year Quarterback Marsh Moseley (New Orleans, LA)
*Two-time NESCAC Rookie of the Week selection; once after coming off the bench to throw a pair of touchdown passes in the Jeffs' 23-0 win over visiting Wesleyan, and again after finishing 13-for-30 passing for 138 yards in a 28-10 win over visiting Trinity.

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