2013 Football All-Conference and Award Winners

Salisbury University earned a pair of individual honors as part of the 2013 Empire Football All-Conference Awards. Sea Gull’s punter Kyle Hamby was named the Empire 8 Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season while defensive back Andre Carter was the voted the Defensive Player of the Year. St. John Fisher College quarterback Tyler Fenti and Utica College wide receiver Anthony Acevedo were tabbed co-Offensive Players of the Year and Alfred University’s Tyler Johnson took home the Rookie of the Year. The Ithaca College coaching staff led by Head Coach Mike Welch was voted the 2013 coaching staff of the year.


Fenti is the Empire 8’s top-rated passer with a 151.9 rating. He also leads the league with 2,560 yards on 204-of-311 passing. His 21 touchdown passes rank second in the E8 while only throwing eight interceptions. He is first in the league in completion percentage (65.6%) and is the only quarterback in the E8 to pass for 2,500 yards or better this season. Fisher was one of five teams to receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament are making the most of their opportunity as they battled back to earn a 26-15 win over John Carroll in the first round. The Cardinals will now face Hobart on Saturday, Nov 30 at noon.


Acevedo averaged 106.1 receiving yards in nine games to lead the Empire 8. He hauled in a league best 72 receptions that led to 955 yards and six touchdowns. A true big play threat, Acevedo maintained a 13.3 yards per reception averaged over his 72 grabs. Acevedo caught at least six passes in all nine games on the season, including three games with 10 or more catches.


Carter made his living in the opposing offensive backfield. He broke up nine passes and

totaled six interceptions for 73 yards. He racked up 48 tackles including 30 solo stops. He had five or more tackles in five of 11 games played.


Hamby averaged 41.1 yards per punt, placing 17 of 44 punts inside the 20-yard line. He booted six 50-yard-plus punts this season, including a season-high long of 70 against Christopher Newport. The Sea Gulls finished the year with a 7-4 record and the program's fourth Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Bowl victory, claiming the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl at Muhlenberg College, 21-19.


Johnson put together a solid season in his first year for the Saxons. He finished fifth in the league with 1,711 yards on 140-of-237 (59.1%) passing including 12 touchdown passes. In addition he rushed for 516 yards, scoring five touchdowns. Johnson’s best game of the season came in a 48-31 win over Utica College when he completed 19-of-25 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns.  The Saxons wrapped up their season on a winning note, defeating Cortland, 21-14, to claim the ECAC North Central Bowl Championship.


Mike Welch and the Ithaca coaching staff have guided the Bombers to a current mark of 9-2. Ithaca won the Empire 8 championship with a 6-1 record in league games to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and won its first round game defeating Framingham State, 20-17. The Bombers are scheduled to face Wesley College in the second round on Saturday Nov 30 at noon.


One member of each team was named that institution’s representative on the 2013 Football Sportsman of the Year Team. Empire 8 emphasizes that "Competing with Honor and Integrity" is an essential component of a student-athlete’s experience in conjunction with an institution’s educational mission. These honorees have distinguished themselves and consistently exhibit the critical traits as outstanding sportsmen. 


Empire 8 2013 Football All-Conference Awards


Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Fenti, St. John Fisher College

Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Anthony Acevedo, Utica College

Defensive Player of the Year: Andre Carter, Salisbury University
Special Teams Player of the Year: Kyle Hamby, Salisbury University

Rookie of the Year: Tyler Johnson, Alfred University

Coach of the Year: Ithaca College and Head Coach Mike Welch


First Team Offense

Name Position Yr. School

Tyler Fenti QB Sr. St. John Fisher College

Rich Pete RB Jr. Buffalo State

Cody Miller RB Sr. St. John Fisher College

Mike Doherty WR Jr. Buffalo State

Anthony Acevedo WR Jr. Utica College

Jared Prugar TE Sr. Ithaca College

Mike Doherty All Purpose Jr. Buffalo State

Ryan DiFlavio OL Sr. Alfred University

Darius Arrington OL Sr. Frostburg State University

Pat Stephenson OL Sr. Ithaca College

Mark Bohanan OL Sr. Salisbury University

James Thomas OL Sr. St. John Fisher College


First Team Defense

Name Position Yr. School

Justin Collen DL Sr. Alfred University

Tawone Williams DL Jr. Buffalo State

Nick Ochoa DL Jr. Salisbury University

Mason Judd DL Sr. St. John Fisher College

Will Carter LB Gr. Ithaca College

Jake Santora LB Sr. Ithaca College

Sean Preish LB Jr. St. John Fisher

Calvin Bain DB So. Alfred University

Michael Perkins DB Sr. Alfred University

Andre Carter DB Sr. Salisbury University

Calvin Ford DB Sr. Salisbury University


First Team Special Teams

Name Position Yr. School

Garrett Nicholson PK Jr. Ithaca College

Kyle Hamby P Jr. Salisbury University

Sam Carney KR/PR Jr. Ithaca College


Second Team Offense

Name Position Yr. School

Casey Kacz QB Sr. Buffalo State

Austin Dwyer RB Sr. Alfred University

Kurtis Ahart RB Sr. Hartwick College

Jerome Johnson RB So. Salisbury University

Frankie Molina WR Sr. Hartwick College

Tanner Williams WR So. Hartwick College

Kevin Francis WR Sr. St. John Fisher College

Isiah Young TE Jr. Alfred University

Calvin Bain All Purpose So. Alfred University

Zach Harrington OL Sr. Alfred University

Mike Feirabend OL Sr. Buffalo State

Andrew Benvenuto OL Jr. Ithaca College

Jesse Langford III OL Jr. Salisbury University

Kyle M Barry OL Sr. St. John Fisher College


Second Team Defense

Name Position Yr. School

Brian Greene DL Sr. Buffalo State

Roland Kamara DL So. Frostburg State University

RJ Roth DL Sr. Hartwick College

Joe Ricotta DL Jr. Ithaca College

Corry Wallace LB So. Alfred University

Rowan Pinkett LB Jr. Frostburg State University

Mike Donitzen LB Sr. St. John Fisher College

Joe Giametta LB Sr. Utica College

Chris Hall DB Sr. Buffalo State

Marcus Moody DB So. Frostburg State University

Skylar Griffenberg DB Sr. Ithaca College

Ryan Seymour DB Sr. St. John Fisher College


Second Team Special Teams

Name Position Yr. School

Brendan Carey PK Sr. St. John Fisher College

Dakota Peel P Jr. Utica College

Calvin Bain KR/PR So. Alfred University


Honorable Mention Offense

Name Position Yr. School

Tyler Johnson QB Fr. Alfred University

Josh Phillips WR Sr. Alfred University

Connor King TE Sr. St. John Fisher College

Tanner Williams All purpose So. Hartwick College

Brandon Lathrop OL So. Buffalo State

Brandon Carnevale OL Sr. Hartwick College

John Dankos OL Sr. Salisbury University

Kyle Gensler OL So. St. John Fisher

Zach Shipley OL Jr. St. John Fisher

Zach Hunnewell OL Jr. Utica College

Matt Malunat OL Sr. Utica College


Honorable Mention Defense

Name Position Yr. School

Zack Bacon DL Fr. Alfred University

Zach Brinkley DL So. Alfred University

Anthony Sanders DL So. Buffalo State

Joe Seney DL Sr. Hartwick College

Cody Foster DL Sr. St. John Fisher College

Zach Hildebrand DL Sr. St. John Fisher College

Nick Woodman DL So. Utica College

Shaq Frederick LB So. Buffalo State

Bryan Schweitzer LB Sr. Hartwick College

Brian Hardenberg LB Sr. Ithaca College

Nick Anzallo LB So. Salisbury University

Matt Banta LB Sr. Salisbury University

Bryant Moore LB Jr. St. John Fisher College

Mike Vulcano DB Sr. Ithaca College

Greg Stanton DB Sr. Salisbury University

Mike Guinta DB Sr. St. John Fisher College

James Lenahan DB Jr. Utica College


Honorable Mention Special Teams

Name Position Yr. School

Thomas Gioia PK Fr. Alfred University

Joe Going P Jr. Buffalo State

Isaiah Taylor KP/PR Jr. Salisbury University

Kevin Francis KR/PR Sr. St. John Fisher College

Jerred Beniquez KR/PR Fr. Utica College


Sportsman of the Year

Name Position Yr. School

Alec Ladonis TE Sr. Alfred University

Casey Kacz QB Sr. Buffalo State

Tyler Stevens WR Sr. Frostburg State University

Frankie Molina WR Sr. Hartwick College

Jared Prugar TE Sr. Ithaca College

Joey Jones QB Jr. Salisbury University

Cody Miller RB Sr. St. John Fisher

Josh Visalli DL Sr. Utica College

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