UMaine’s head coach, freshman linebacker receive top CAA football awards

Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove has been named the Colonial Athletic Association’s football coach of the year.
Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove has been named the Colonial Athletic Association’s football coach of the year. Buy Photo
Posted Nov. 26, 2013, at 3:41 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 26, 2013, at 4:46 p.m.

University of Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s football coach of the year and redshirt freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba was selected defensive rookie of the year on Tuesday.

The CAA also awarded nine other Maine football players with all-conference honors as senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski received the Chuck Boone Leadership Award and was named to the CAA’s first team.

Tight end Justin Perillo, offensive lineman Jeff Gakos, Mulumba, cornerback Kendall James and kicker Sean Decloux were also named to the first team.

Offensive lineman Joe Hook and defensive lineman Michael Cole received second-team honors, while wide receiver John Ebeling and defensive lineman Trevor Bates were named to the third team.

After his team was selected eighth in the CAA preseason poll, Cosgrove guided the Black Bears to a 10-2 regular season and a 7-1 mark in the CAA as the team won the CAA title for the first time in school history.

Maine earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA FCS playoffs and will host its first postseason contest 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 against either Lafayette or New Hampshire.

Mulumba, a Jerry Rice Award finalist and four-time CAA Rookie of the Week winner, finished the season with a team-high 105 tackles, good for seventh most in the league.

Wasilewski directed an offense which finished the regular season averaging 429.8 yards per game and ranking second in the league in pass offense (253.7). Wasilewski went 255-for-370 for 3,009 yards with 23 touchdowns, and he also rushed 141 times for 620 yards and three scores.

Perillo receives his second straight first-team selection and third overall postseason honor. He had 37 catches for 46 yards and three touchdowns.

Gakos has started 34 games at left guard for UMaine, second most among active Black Bears. He helped anchor an offensive line which ranked second in the league in pass offense (253.7), fifth in scoring offense (30.0), fifth in total offense (429.8) and fifth in rushing offense (176.2).

James, who receives his second All-CAA honor, led a Maine secondary which allowed a league-low 165.4 passing yards per game. James totaled 34 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, to go along with two interceptions and eight pass breakups.

Decloux broke Maine’s single season made field goal record after knocking through his 14th field goal of the year in the final game of the season.

Cole, a 2011 CAA second-team selection, finished the regular season ranked second in the CAA in sacks per game (0.89).

Hook, who started all 11 games at right tackle, has started 33 career games for the Black Bears.

Ebeling led the Black Bears in receiving yards (634), tied for lead in receiving touchdowns (5) hauled in 58 catches and averaged 52.8 receiving yards per game.

Bates ranked fourth on the team in total tackles (52) and third in tackles for loss (9) while adding four sacks, two forced fumbles, a pass breakup and a blocked kick.

Husson football player honored

Husson senior defensive tackle Ernest Wiggins has been selected to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team.

Wiggins led the Eagles with eight sacks and led the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference with 17.5 tackles for a loss.

Wiggins joins 27 other student-athletes from around New England, representing 20 different teams.

Maine Div. III basketball notes

Husson University of Bangor is off to a 3-0 start to the season, with wins last week over UMaine-Augusta and Saint Joseph’s. The Eagles’ Raheem Anderson was named the North Atlantic Conference’s Rookie of the Week…. Last week’s Maine Men’s Basketball Coaches and Writers Association Player of the Week, Colby’s Chris Hudnut, was MVP of the Colby Classic. … Bates’ Graham Safford, this week’s MMBCWA Player of the Week, was also named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

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