The 2015 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Football Team was announced last week. Once again Wesleyan was well represented, posting seven total selections. The awardees must be solid contributors on the field and have a strong grade point average.
This year's selections include two-time honorees, Alex Daversa-Russo '16 (LB) and Dan Laorenza '16 (TE). Daversa-Russo was named 2nd Team All-NESCAC earlier this month and Laorenza tied for fourth on the team in receptions at his position this season. Coach DiCenzo remarked, "Dan and Alex had great years for us. Both guys worked extremely hard on the field and in the classroom. Alex has been one of our best defensive players the past few years and Dan was integral on Special Teams and at the TE position. Both are outstanding young men and great examples for younger players of how to do things the right way."
Newcomers to the academic list include Gernald Hawkins '18 (QB), Corey Phillips '17 (K/P), Shayne Kaminski '18 (LB),Mitch Ryan '17 (OL) and Jason Yu '18 (LB). Hawkins had an outstanding sophomore season throwing for more than 1000 yards, rushing for over 350 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Shayne Kaminski starting at Mike Linebacker was second on the team in tackles, had 2 sacks, and 6 tackles for a loss. "Shayne and JR had outstanding sophomore years," said Coach DiCenzo. "Knowing they were two of our best athletes, they each had the kind of season our staff expected. Football and academics are important to them. In the years to come we look forward to big things from each of them." Corey Phillips handling kickoff duties averaged 52.6 yards on 32 kicks. Mitch Ryan's contributions on the offensive line helped the Cardinals average 384 yards per game with his best performance coming against Little Three rival Williams when the Cardinals rushed for over 200 yards in the 27-7 win over the Ephs. Before an injury cut his season short, Jason Yu was having a productive year on the DL. The Cardinals finished the season 5-3 posting a 19-5 conference record the past three seasons.