Four SLU football captains earn FIrst Team All-Conference
The four senior captains of the St. Lawrence University football team was each named First Team All-Liberty League on Wednesday, as the Saints finished with a total of 10 All-Conference players.
Marcus Washington was a unanimous first team selection at running back after piling up 1,176 yards, becoming the first Saint to rush for 1,000+ yards since 1991. The Pahokee, FL native averaged a Liberty League best 130.7 yards per game and was third in the conference with seven rushing touchdowns.Ethan Sutton earned All-Conference honors for the second straight year, but was a First Team selection in 2011 for the first time. The South Paris, ME native had a team-high eight touchdowns while averaging over 12 yards per catch. Sutton made 40 receptions in his senior season and averaged 62.0 yards per game.
Defensive captains Doug Geraghty and Trevor Saunders were also honored as First Team selections. Geraghty, a Second Team choice in 2010, anchored the St. Lawrence defensive front with 42 tackles including 10.5 for a loss. The Selden, NY native added 5.5 sacks and seven QB hurries.
Meanwhile, Saunders earned First Team honors for the second consecutive year, though his selection in 2011 comes as a linebacker. The Mount Vernon, NY native was the heart of the defense, which finished second in pass and scoring defense. Trevor ranks in the top-5 in tackles per game (3rd), passes defended (4th) and interceptions (t-3rd) and was one of three players in the league with a "pick six" this season.
Junior Don Rohauer and sophomore Victor Coker Jr. were each chosen as Second Team All-Conference offensive linemen for the second consecutive year, while senior Brendan McCarthy was also a repeat honoree as a Second Team choice at defensive back.
A trio of St. Lawrence defenders were also credited with Liberty League Honorable Mention status for their play in 2011, including senior linebackers Phil Hamilton and Ramon Mignott as well as junior defensive lineman Oraene Morgan.
Rensselaer quarterback Mike Hermann was named the Liberty League's Offensive Player of the Year, while Hobart's Devin Worthington was the Defensive Player of the Year. Hobart's Tyre Coleman earned top Rookie honors, while WPI's Ernie Mello was the Special Teams Player of the Year. Hobart's Coaching Staff, led by head coach Mike Cragg, was named the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year having earned the conference title and the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.