Sophomore running back Josh Mack and senior offensive lineman Jamil Demby are among eight members of the University of Maine football team who have earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors.
Mack and Demby were named to the All-CAA First Team along with sophomore kick returner Earnest Edwards and junior special teams player Mozai Nelson.
Junior linebacker Sterling Sheffield and sophomore cornerback Manny Patterson received All-CAA second-team honors while senior offensive lineman Isaiah Brooks and sophomore defensive lineman Kayon Whitaker were third-team honorees.
Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta was named the Offensive Player of the Year and James Madison defensive lineman Andrew Ankrah is the Defensive Player of the Year. Curt Cignetti of Elon was selected as the Coach of the Year.
JMU’s John Miller was the Special Teams Player of the Year, Davis Cheek of Elon was the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Colby Reeder of Delaware was the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bryan Schor of James Madison earned the Chuck Boone Leadership Award.
Mack’s 1,335 rushing yards led the Football Championship Subdivision and were the fourth most in UMaine history. He also topped the nation in rushing yards per game (133.5) and ranked third in FCS all-purpose yards (161.5 ypg).
Mack ran for 100-plus yards in seven of 10 games, turned in 200-yard performances against Bryant and Rhode Island. He led the CAA in rushing touchdowns (9) and yards per carry (5.49).
Demby, a Preseason All-CAA pick, earned his second All-CAA honor and his initial first-team nod. He started all 10 games at left tackle and anchored a line that paved the way for Mack and allowed a league-low 19 sacks.
Edwards was electric in the return game, highlighted by his 95-yarder for a score against Massachusetts at Fenway Park. He topped the CAA with 24.5 return yards per game and was third with 662 total return yards. He was a third-team choice last season.
Nelson claims his first All-CAA honor after finishing the year with 16 tackles and two blocked punts while starting on every UMaine special teams unit.
Sheffield earns his second All-CAA honor after making the third team last season. The Preseason All-CAA honoree logged 12 tackles for loss among 64 stops and had 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Patterson picked up his first All-CAA nod after leading the CAA and ranking second in the nation with 1.7 pass deflections per game. He registered 14 tackles and 17 pass breakups.
Brooks, who started all 44 games during his career, was one of Maine’s leaders along the offensive line. Brooks’ skill and leadership helped Mack to his nation leading 1,335 rush yards and also held the opposition to a CAA-low 19 sacks.
Whitaker emerged as one of the top defensive linemen in the league. The sophomore started all 10 games and led the CAA with 0.85 sacks per game while ranking third with with 1.3 tackles for loss per game. Overall, Whitaker completed the 2017 season with 8.5 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss, leading the Black Bears in both categories. He finished the year tied for 27th in the CAA with 6.5 tackles per game (65 total stops) while forcing a pair of fumbles and recovering one.
Husson’s Hibbad honored
Husson University senior forward Leah Hibbad has been selected to participate in the 2017 New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior Bowl Game.
The game is scheduled for Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Hibbad, the first Husson player chosen for the NEWISA Senior Bowl, is one of eight forwards picked. Jaycie Triandafilou of New England College in Biddeford was the other honoree from Maine.
In 17 games this season, Hibbad registered career highs with 21 goals and nine assists. She was named to the All-North Atlantic Conference First Team and finished her career with 54 goals and 18 assists in 70 career games.
Hibbad ranks second in Husson history in shots (324) and shots per game (4.70) and is tied for second in game-winning goals (11). She is third in points, goals, points per game (1.83), and goals per game (0.78) and tied for seventh in assists.
The senior captain helped the Eagles reach the program’s first NAC championship game in seven years.