Williams Named CSFL MVP; Mids Earn 27 All-League Honors
Matt Williams (foreground) and brother David Williams (background) both earn All-CSFL First-Team honors.
Dec. 1, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Highlighted by a pair of individual awards, Navy picked up a total of 27 All-Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) honors, it was announced by the conference on Thursday. Sophomore running back David Williams headlined the major award winners as he was named the CSFL Most Valuable Player, while senior Marty Meehan garnered the CSFL's All-Purpose Player of the Year honor.
Williams' MVP selection is the first for a Mid since Tyler Hawkins in 2009 and it marks the seventh time in the last 11 seasons a Navy player has won the honor.
Navy claimed its 35th CSFL title in 2011 as it posted the 27th undefeated season in program history, going 7-0.
Only a sophomore, Williams is establishing himself as one of the premiere backs in program history by already setting several school records. He finished the season with a Navy single-game record 291-yard performance in the title and Star-clinching win over Army on Nov. 4. His 35 carries in the 28-6 victory were also a school record.
After opening the season with 142 yards in a win over Army in the Allegiance Bowl, Williams rushed for 219 and a Navy single-game record four touchdowns the next weekend in a 56-0 trouncing of Penn.
The Roanoke, Va., native not only led the league in the ground game, but he set the Navy single-season record for rushing yards with 1,152. Despite only playing six games due to a forfeit by Princeton, Williams nearly also set the single-season rushing attempt record with 164 - one carry shy of tying the mark.
Complimenting Williams all season was fellow tailback Meehan, who served as the Mids' short-yardage back. Meehan, who in addition to his first-team selection as an all-purpose player earned honorable mention accolades as a running back, led the team in touchdowns with nine. He racked up a total of 158 yards on the ground with an average of 5.3 per carry.
Critical to the success of the Navy running game this season was the offensive line, anchored by right guard Matt Williams and right tackle Nick Dominguez. Matt Williams, the team's offensive captain and older brother of David, earned his second consecutive first-team all-league honor.
For Dominguez, it is his first, first-team all-league selection.
On the other side of the ball, junior defensive end Julian Jerzerick and sophomore linebacker Matt Piotrowicz both picked up first-team all-league honors.
Jerzerick, who earned an all-league honorable mention nod last season, led the team in tackles for loss in 2011 (8.0 for 34 yards) and ranked fourth in tackles with 26 (16 solo, 10 assists).
Piotrowicz was Navy's leading tackler this season, as the sophomore MIKE linebacker racked up a total of 50 tackles (26 solo, 24 assists). Piotrowicz's tackle total was the most by a Mid since Hawkins had a Navy record 75 in 2009.
Also claiming first-team honors was punter Mike DeLong. The junior averaged 36.4 yards per punt and placed 12 of his 31 punts inside the 20-yard line. DeLong was an All-CSFL Second-Team honoree last season.
Navy led the CSFL in defense this season, allowing a total of just 206 yards per game, and as a result, the Mids had six defensive players named to the all-league second-team. Linebackers T.J. Leonard (35 tackles) and Will Parker (28 tackles) ranked second and third on the team in tackles, respectively, while defensive end Chris Mershon produced 3.5 tackles for loss (23 yards). Defensive backs Brendan West, Vince DeBenedetti and Samuel Gedeon led an aggressive Navy secondary and combined for three interceptions and 17 pass break-ups.
Sophomore kicker Adrian Montecinos made it consecutive appearances on the All-CSFL Second-Team as he connected on 30-of-31 extra-point attempts and had three field goals with a long of 39 yards.
A total of 10 Midshipmen earned Honorable Mention All-CSFL recognition: Meehan, offensive linemen Sean Fergerson and Mark Reaser, tight end Will Harris, wide receiver Drew Presnell, quarterback Erik Erlandson, defensive lineman Dylan Etzel and defensive backs Zzmarr Stone, Steve Meidus and Ronald Allen.
Drew Owens (Jr., OL)
D.J. Hooper (Jr., FB)
Jesse Holian (Fr., WR)
Christopher Mershon (Fr., DL)
T.J. Leonard (Sr., LB)
Will Parker (Jr., LB)
Brendan West (So., DB)
Vince DeBenedetti (Sr., DB)
Samuel Gedeon (So., DB)
Adrian Montecinos (So., K)
Marty Meehan (Sr., RB)
Sean Fergerson (Sr., OL)
Mark Reaser (Jr., OL)
Will Harris (Jr., TE)
Drew Presnell (Sr., WR)
Erik Erlandson (Sr., QB)
Dylan Etzel (So. ,DL)
Zzmarr Stone (Sr., DB)
Stephen Meidus (Jr., DB)
Ronald Allen (Jr., DB)