After a bit of a delay after missing Season 98’s players of the year (Most likely William Wood on offense Bryant QB, and a Pace defensive lineman) we are back with our players of the year for the NE-10 conference and they vary a bit from what everyone saw on the WIS conference awards.
Offensive Player of the Year: Jerome Harmon, Senior Bryant University, RB–
Harmon put the team on his back as Bryant made its furthest playoff run under coach PadreFan. The only conference player with over 2,000 yards rushing also winded up 2nd in the conference in receptions at 108. He nearly had 3,000 total yards on the season with 448 total touches. He had 3 games of 3 touchdowns including in the conference championship game and the 2nd round of the playoffs. Harmon is a redshirt senior who saw little time his first 3 seasons in the black and gold, but the past 2 years he exploded onto the scene. Over the past 2 years he finished with over 5,000 total yards as a starter with 42 touchdowns in 33 games. Harmon’s best game this year came in the 2nd round of the playoffs where he scored 4 total touchdowns and had a career high 12 receptions. All these accomplishments came after starting as a redshirt sophmore at fullback showing his versatility. He is a finance major and his wish is too keep playing football but if that does not work out he wants to work on Wall Street.
Runner Up: Donald Cooper, Sophmore QB, Pace
Defensive Player of the Year: George Norris, Senior Merrimack College, LB–
2nd in the conference in tackles but would have been tied for first before the playoffs. He lead Merrimack to a winning 7-6 season playing one of the toughest schedules at the D2 level. One of 3 players in the conference with over 100 tackles he was the emotional leader for the Warriors. He managed 16 total tackles against Southern Connecticut, and an interception against Bentley in his career finale. Norris wants to become a lawyer after majoring in pre-law, and hopes to attend an Ivy League law school and coach football as a post-graduate assistant.
Runner Ups: Robert Phillips DE, Bryant. Donald Welch DB, Pace.
Freshman of the Year Offense: Eddie Washington, RB Southern Connecticut State–
Not many freshmen stood out this year but Washington certainly did one offense. He showed his explosiveness breaking a 56 yard gain on the year and scoring 7 total touchdowns. Coming off of the bench he touched the ball 89 times in 13 games at mostly runningback. He earned 2 starts late in the year and should be the favorite for the job coming into the year.
Runner Up: OL Roger Moore, LIU
Freshman of the Year Defense: Joshua Mills, RB Bentley U–
Mills was a force landing 8 sacks and 12 TFL’s while starting every game for the Falcons. It was announced he is already a defensive captain for his sophomore season as he sets the standard for the d-line with character and a non stop motor. In a close late year game against Merrimack he tied a career high in tackles with 6, landed 3 TFL’s, and sacked the quarterback as well.
Runner Up: DL James Lucas, Assumption. DB John Phipps SCSU