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2003 Amherst Football Milestones


TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Posted a 4-4 overall record with all four wins coming by way of shutout, tying the NESCAC record for shutouts in a season, set by Middlebury in 2000.
  • Finished the season fifth in the nation in scoring defense (9.4 ppg), ninth in total defense (242.9 ypg), 22nd in rushing defense (104.5 ypg) and 33rd in pass efficiency defense (94.4).
  • Led the NESCAC in fourth-down conversions (57.1%), opponent fourth-down conversions (20.0%) and red zone offense (82.1%).
  • Second in the NESCAC in scoring offense (22.8 ppg), scoring defense (9.4 ppg), rushing offense (214.6 ypg), rushing defense (104.5 ypg), total offense (382.4 ypg), total defense (242.9 ypg), punt returns (9.8 avg.), opponent first downs (108), sacks (147), red zone defense (50.0 %) and PAT kicking (.870%).
  • Placed two players on the 2003 CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America Team - first-team selections Paul Whiting and second-team pick Fletcher Ladd. Amherst was the only NESCAC school represented on the Academic All-America team.
  • Had six players earn All-NESCAC honors, including five first-team selections.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Senior Quad-Captain Linebacker Ed Sylvester (Scituate, MA)
  • Tied for sixth in the NESCAC in tackles (8.8 tpg).


  • Senior Quad-Captain Defensive Back Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA)
  • Named the NCAA Division III male recipient of the 18th-Annual Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, as announced by the University & Northwest Sertoma Club of Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes one male and one female student-athlete from NCAA Divisions I, II and III for excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Whiting was the first-ever recipient from Amherst College.
  • The lone NCAA Division III male recipient of the 2003-04 ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award, sponsored by Robbins Sports Surfaces, which honors one male and one female student-athlete representing ECAC schools in Divisions I, II and III for outstanding achievement in community service, academics and athletics.
  • Winner of the DeOrmand “Tuss” McLaughry Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete in Western Massachusetts, presented by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
  • First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • First-Team ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star.
  • Named Division III All-East Region by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette.
  • One of just 11 players from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA and the only player from the NESCAC named to the 12th Annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, which honors college football players across the country for their dedication and commitment to community service.
  • College Sports Television (CSTV) National Student-Athlete of the Week (Monday, November 24). Whiting is the only non-Division I winner in the history of the CSTV Student-Athlete of the Week program.
  • Three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, earning second-team honors in 2001 and 2002 before breaking through as a first-team selection in 2003.
  • Academic All-NESCAC.
  • Finished his senior season with 25 tackles and a team-high three interceptions, one of which came with a cast on his broken left wrist in the Jeffs’ season-finale at Williams.
  • Eighth in the NESCAC in interceptions (0.43 int/gm.).


  • Senior Wide Receiver Jim Devine (Chantilly, VA)
  • Led the NESCAC with six receiving touchdowns and seventh in scoring (TDs) (4.5 ppg).


  • Senior Defensive Tackle Mike Harrison (Hanover, MA)
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Forty-five tackles and 4.5 sacks in a breakout season, helping lead the Jeffs to shutout wins over Bates, Bowdoin, Colby and Little Three rival Wesleyan, which tied the conference record for shutouts in a season.


  • Senior Linebacker Dan McNamara (Boston, MA)
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Helped pace the defense with 64 tackles, including 30 solos and 8.5 for loss - both of which were team-highs.
  • Thirteenth in the NESCAC in tackles (8.2 tpg).


  • Senior Left Guard Shane Morrow (Coral Springs, FL)
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Named Division III All-East Region by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette.
  • Anchored an offensive line that finished second in the NESCAC in scoring offense (22.8 ppg), rushing offense (214.6 ypg) and total offense (382.4 ypg), starting all eight games at left guard, while barely missing an offensive snap.


  • Junior Quad-Captain Tailback Fletcher Ladd (Amherst, NH)
  • Second-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America.
  • D3football.com Second-Team Preseason All-America.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC (was a second-team pick in 2001 and a first-team pick in 2002).
  • First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District for the second straight season.
  • Named Division III All-East Region by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette.
  • Earned NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors with 166 rushing yards, including a school-record 90-yard touchdown run, in Amherst’s season-opening 34-0 win at Bates.
  • Pierced the career 2,000-yard rushing plateau with a 21-yard run against Bowdoin.
  • Second in the NESCAC in rushing (111.8 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (7), tied classmate Matt Monteith for third in rushing touchdowns (7), fourth in overall scoring (5.2 ppg) and fourth in scoring (TDs) (5.2 ppg), fifth in all-purpose yards (120.9 ypg) and ninth in total offense (114.1 ypg).
  • Finished the 2003 season with 2,680 career rushing yards, just 236 yards shy of the college’s all-time record of 2,916.


  • Junior Place-Kicker David Bodner (Atlantic Beach, NY)
  • Led the NESCAC in PAT kicking percentage (87.0%), second in scoring (kick) (4.8 ppg) and tied for fourth in field goals (0.75 FG/gm).


  • Junior Linebacker Dave Borgonzi (Everett, MA)
  • Tied for 12th in the NESCAC in tackles (8.2 tpg).


  • Junior Defensive Tackle B.J. Gaddour (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Ninth in the NESCAC in sacks (0.79 spg).


  • Junior Running Back Matt Monteith (Madison, CT)
  • NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week (Monday, October 20) after rushing 15 times for 157 yards, including touchdown gallops of 78, 5 and 33 yards, in the Jeffs’ lopsided 41-0 Homecoming win over Wesleyan.
  • Tied classmate Fletcher Ladd for third in the NESCAC in rushing touchdowns (7), fourth in overall scoring (5.2 ppg) and fourth in scoring (TDs) (5.2 ppg).


  • Junior Quarterback Marsh Moseley (New Orleans, LA)
  • Third in the NESCAC in pass efficiency (114.6), fifth in total offense (170.6 ypg) and sixth in passing average per game (157.3).


  • Junior Wide Receiver Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA)
  • Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette Second-Team Preseason All-America.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC for the second straight season.
  • Named Division III All-East Region by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette.
  • Third in the NESCAC in punt return average (10.0), fourth in receptions per game (5.50), sixth in receiving yards per game (56.6) and seventh in all-purpose yards (113.1 ypg).


  • Sophomore Linebacker Gavin Weeks (Cranford, NJ)
  • Tied for second in the NESCAC in fumble recoveries (2).


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