BANGOR, Maine — Husson University defensive coordinator Grant Caserta has been named a finalist for Division III Coordinator of the Year by, the school announced in a release Wednesday.

Under Caserta’s watch, Husson’s defense allowed only 181.7 yards per game, the best in Division III, the only team in the nation to hold opponents under 200 yards per contest.

The Eagles were also the top defensive unit in the country against the run, yielding 476 yards on the ground on the year, a mere 1.60 yards per carry.

Husson also recorded 34 sacks, 14th most in the country and tops in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, while limiting opposing quarterbacks to a 84.81 passer rating.

The Eagles also led Division III in third down defense (19.9 percent conversion rate), first down defense (86) and ranked 12th with 8.9 tackles for loss per game.

Individually, junior defensive lineman Luke Washburn was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, presented to the nation’s top small college defensive player of the year after being named Husson’s fourth-straight ECFC Defensive Player of the Year and a NEFW All-New England selection.

Washburn and senior inside linebacker Ellis Throckmorton were named to the All-ECFC first team defense, while sophomore defensive end Elvin Suazo Jr., junior cornerback Jean Gabriel and senior rover Logan Steward earned All-ECFC second team defense honors and sophomore cornerback Quan Soyini earned All-ECFC honorable mention recognition.

Caserta just completed his second season as defensive coordinator under Husson coach Gabby Price.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. Coaches must be nominated by a fellow coach to be eligible for an award and winners are chosen by the prior winners of each award.

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