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Amherst's Hannon Named NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Year; Jeffs Place Seven on All-Conference Squad
November 17, 2005
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College junior Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Football Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday. Hannon also earned a pair of First-Team All-Conference awards, heading a list of seven Jeffs to be named to the 2005 All-NESCAC Team. Classmates Ryan Smith (Muskego, WI) and Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT), and seniors Ngai Otieno (Gloucester, MA), L.J. Spinnato (Madison, CT) and Nick Zieler (Chicago, IL) joined Hannon on the first-team, while senior Justin Roemer (Jupiter, FL) nabbed second-team honors.
Hannon earned first-team honors both as a wide receiver and a return specialist, leading the conference in all-purpose yards (1,185), touchdowns (10) and punt return average (10.9). He finished among the conference leaders in a variety of other categories including receptions (32), receiving yards (516) and punt average (33.9). Hannon was a versatile threat all-season, lining up at wide receiver, running back, quarterback and punt and kick returner. His touchdowns came from a variety of places, hauling in four through the air, scoring five on the ground and one by way of punt return.
Smith and Kehoe take home their first career all-conference honors as Smith anchored an offensive line that paved the way for one of the NESCAC's top offensive units (391.5 ypg), while Kehoe finished second in the league in passing yards (1,394), third in total offensive yards (1,328) and sixth in passing efficiency (125.0). Kehoe also completed an impressive 53.1% of his passes, connecting on 10 of them for touchdowns.
Otieno picks up first-team plaudits as a running back after finishing second in the conference in rushing with 86.8 yards per game. He totaled 694 yards on 118 carries, good for an outstanding 5.9 yards per carry average, and found the end zone four times. Otieno also finished third in the conference in all-purpose yardage with 98.1 yards per game.
Spinnato claimed his second straight First-Team All-NESCAC honor, posting a career-season at nose guard. He finished with 49 tackles, good for 31st in the conference and fourth on the team, and also racked up 4.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Zieler netted first-team honors for the first time after a terrific season as a shutdown cornerback. He contributed 26 tackles, an interception and five pass breakups, but also delivered some of the most ferocious hits in New England this season.
Roemer was the leading tackler on one of the top defenses in the nation, notching 71 takedowns on the year. He also had 5.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack, an interception, a trio of pass breakups and a forced fumble. His 8.9 tackles per game average was good for 11th in the conference.
The Jeffs finished 5-3 on the season, good for fifth place in the conference standings.
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