Marshfield, Mass. – Led by 2018 ECFC Rookie of the Year Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.), 13 members of the Dean College football program were named to the league's all-conference team on Thursday afternoon it was announced by the Executive Director Katie Boldvich.
Watts, who also earned honorable mention accolades, is joined by first-team selections London Chambers (New Britain, Conn.) and Shannon Moxey (Marietta, Ga.) as well as second-team honorees Gene Baisden (Tampa, Fla.), Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.), Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.), Travis Byars (Atlanta, Ga.), Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) and Khoury Simmons (Taunton, Mass.).
In addition to those honorees, DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.), Nicholaus Grimaldi (Valrico, Fla.), David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.) and Jason Rocha (Pawtucket, R.I.) were all named honorable mention.
Watts, the three-time ECFC Rookie of the Week, threw for 1,932 yards and 17 touchdowns in his inaugural season in what amounted to eight and a half games. He topped the 300-yard passing milestone on two occasions, including a 364-yard performance in the season opener at Curry. His best performance, however, might have come in the homecoming win over Gallaudet where he threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns and added a 66-yard touchdown run on the ground.
Chambers becomes the second straight Bulldog linebacker to earn first-team all-league honors after Ricco Aaron earned the honor in 2017. Chambers proved to be one of the league's premier linebackers, finishing with 67 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was effective against the pass as well, totaling a league-best seven breakups and two interceptions.
Moxey, meanwhile, anchored an entirely new secondary for Dean and that unit helped the Bulldogs finish second in the league in passing yards allowed and finish tied for first in the country in interceptions. The two-time ECFC Defensive Player of the Week, Moxey led the conference in interceptions (6), finished with six pass breakups, three forced fumbles and was named to the D3football Team of the Week in November.
Breaux was one of the region's most dynamic offensive threats, leading the conference in yards per catch (22.4) and second in the league in touchdown catches (11). He had five games of 100 yards of receiving or more, including a 229-yard, two-touchdown performance on the road at Husson. Overall, he had touchdown grabs in seven of the ten games he played in and had four games with two scoring grabs. Not to mention, Breaux ran a kickoff back 92 yards for a touchdown in loss to Western Connecticut State.
The leap made by Simmons from little-used freshman to all-conference selection as a sophomore was astounding. In 2017, Simmons appeared in seven games but didn't record a tackle. This season, he finished second in the league in sacks (8.0) had 58 tackles and added ten tackles for loss.
Baisden, Jr., meanwhile, collected 54 tackles, three interceptions and a pair of sacks in ten starts in his junior campaign. He returned an interception 27 yards for a score in the win over Alfred State and also recovered a pair of fumbles this season. His best performance of the year might have come in the win over Castleton where he finished with six tackles – three of them for loss and two sacks.
Byars, the third Bulldog linebacker to earn all-conference accolades, stepped into his role never looked back, collecting 46 tackles in just nine contests. Two times he finished with ten tackles (at Salve Regina, Castleton) and have four tackles for loss overall as well as an interception.
The season for Brown was one not many could've expected. After appearing in 24 games a season ago on the men's basketball team, Brown made the switch to football and it immediately paid dividends. He started all ten games at safety, racking up 53 tackles, three interceptions and three pass breakups. He had 12 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup in his first game at Curry and added 12 more stops in a loss at Maritime.
Reid, meanwhile, could be considered the league's most versatile player. He played quarterback for a game and threw a 99-yard touchdown pass, had three rushing touchdowns and was the Bulldogs' most effective punter. His best role for Dean, however, might be as a receiver after he closed out the season with three standout receiving efforts, including a five-catch, 120-yard afternoon in a win over Gallaudet. Consider this, in eight of the nine games where Reid played receiver, he had at least one catch of 20 yards or more.
Grange, who was named ECFC Rookie of the Week on two occasions, led the Bulldog ground game with 721 yards and ten touchdowns in just nine contests. He had four games with 100 yards or more, including a career-best 137 yards on just 17 carries in a win over Gallaudet. He did save his best game for the final one, as he powered his way to 115 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns in a win over Anna Maria.
Rocha emerged as a consistent force on the offensive line for Dean, helping pave the way for Grange's exploits on the ground. As a team, the Bulldogs ran for more than 1,200 yards and their 18 combined rushing touchdowns ranked second in the league.
Grimaldi stepped into his role on the backend of the Dean defense and thrived. He had a pair of 11 tackle performances and finished with a trio of pass breakups. The highlight of the season for him was a 52-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown in the win over Gallaudet.
Marino-Silver was another freshman who stepped in and didn't blink at what was put in front of him. He started nine games at defensive back and racked up four interceptions and six pass breakups. He had a knack for always being around the ball and that showed as he scored two defensive touchdowns. On the first series of his collegiate career he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against Curry and then ran an interception back for a score in a win at Becker. He also returned a blocked extra point 98 yards for a two-point conversion in the loss at Husson and blocked an extra point of his own in the win over Anna Maria.
Amazingly for the Bulldogs, all 13 of their all-conference selections are expected to return in 2019 and of the 13 honorees – eight of them are freshmen.
Dean will open its 2019 season at home on September 7 against Nichols College.