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Mike Breuler '18 Named Top Division II/III Offensive Player in New England

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

BOSTON, Mass. – Senior wide receiver Mike Breuler of the Wesleyan University football team was honored by The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston today as he was named a Joe Zabilski Award winner. The 22nd annual award recognizes New England's top offensive and defensive players in Division II/III. Breuler received the award as the top offensive player while Andrew Yamin of Amherst College was the defensive recipient.

Breuler is the second Cardinal ever to receive the award and the first offensive player, joining Jake Bussani who received defensive honors in 2014.

The Hamden, Conn. native had an incredible senior season as he finished the year with a program-best 87 catches for 1,167 yards and 10 touchdowns. Throughout the year, he ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the country in receptions per game and receiving yards per game. As of today, he is No. 2 in Division III in receptions per game with 9.7 and ranks third in receiving yards per game with 129.7.

Breuler recorded at least 100 yards in six of the team's nine games in 2017. He also posted two, 200-yard games as he went off for 201 yards on 13 catches—including the game-winning touchdown in overtime—in a 24-17 win over Tufts, and 10 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-7 rout of Colby. He recorded double-digit catches in four games, with a career-high 15 against Middlebury, and scored three TD's in a game twice.

Breuler improved each season with the Cardinals and wrapped up his stellar four-year career with 165 total catches for 2,044 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The Gridiron Club will honor all of the 2017 New England College Football Award winners at the club's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass.

About the Gridiron Club, "Keepers of the Flame"
Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston ( promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.