Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ian Gould Named MAC Rookie of the Year, Football Garners 11 All-Conference Selections

Photo Courtesy of Stevenson Sports Information
ANNVILLE, Pa. – Freshman kicker Ian Gould of the Stevenson University football team was named the 2017 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Rookie of the Year as the league announced its All-Conference selections Tuesday. The Mustangs had a total of 11 All-Conference selections and 10 players honored.

Named to the First Team on offense were junior quarterback Dan Williams and senior Preston Addo, who was honored both as a wide receiver and a returner. Senior linebacker Cory Pietrzyk was a First Team selection on defense.

Selected to the second team on offense were Gould, senior offensive lineman Nick Jachera and sophomore offensive lineman Connor Davis. Junior linebacker Ashton Leschke and senior defensive back DJ Broxtonwere Second Team picks on defense.

Senior wide receiver Devin Salisbury and junior offensive lineman Brendan Flaherty were Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Gould has enjoyed the finest season by a kicker for the Mustangs. Gould has accounted for 73 points for the Mustangs this season, going 12-14 on field goal attempts, while he has converted all 37 PAT attempts thus far in 2017. He had a long field goal of 40 yards on September 16 against FDU-Florham, and totaled a single-game program record 17 points against Misericordia on September 30, going 8-8 on PAT tries and 3-3 on field goals. His 73 points are one shy of the single-season program record for a kicker set by Tim Sternfeld last season. He is a two-time MAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Williams repeats as a MAC First Team selection. In 2017, he has completed 62.9% of his passes (256-407) for 3027 yards and 25 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. He has thrown for at least 300 yards this season, including a program record 446 yards November 4 at Wilkes, a game in which he threw five touchdown passes. His 3,027 yards are good for 13th in Division III, while his 302.7 yards per game rank 15th. He also sits 23rd in passing touchdowns nationally.

Addo repeats as a First Team selection both as a wide receiver and returner. On offense, Addo has hauled in 64 passes for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns, ranking 10th nationally in receiving yards and 13th in receiving yards per game. Addo has 10 catches for a program-record 230 yards November 4 at Wilkes, including three touchdown grabs. As a returner, Addo has averaged 22.1 yards on 14 kick returns and 11.1 yards on 21 punt returns, including his and the program's second punt return touchdown at FDU-Florham on September 16.

Pietrzyk was an Honorable Mention All-Conference choice in 2014. Returning for a fifth season after suffering a season-ending injury in the third game of 2016, Pietrzyk has totaled a team-high 82 tackles for the Mustangs in 2017, including 15 tackles for a loss and four sacks. Pietrzyk, who has had double-digit tackles five times so far in 2017, also has an interception, three pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery and return for a touchdown, which occurred at Lebanon Valley on October 14.

Jachera earns Second Team All-Conference honors for the third straight season, while Davis was named All-Conference for the first time. Both offensive linemen, Jachera at left tackle and Davis at right guard, were anchors of a defense that allowed just 12 sacks over the final nine games of the regular season and allowed Williams to put up the top passing numbers in the league.

Leschke was a MAC First Team selection in 2016. This season, he has totaled 72 tackles, second on the Mustangs, while recording seven tackles for a loss, a sack, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Leschke had a season-high 12 tackles against King's (Pa.) on September 9 and had at least six tackles in eight of the regular season's 10 games.

Broxton stepped into a starting role for the first time in 2017 replacing a decorated defensive backfield and has recorded four interceptions and 10 pass breakups, leading the Mustangs in both categories. He has two tackles for a loss and his 49 total tackles are good for third on the squad. Broxton had a season-high 12 tackles in a win over Misericordia while he defended three passes both against King's (Pa.) and Widener.

Salisbury has registered a team-high 78 receptions for 675 yards and six touchdowns thus far in 2017. A MAC Second Team selection last season, Salisbury is third in the MAC in receptions per game, and has had at least six receptions in eight of 10 contests, including a season-high 12 grabs this past Saturday in a win over Lycoming. He had a 90-yard TD reception at Wilkes on November 4, the longest pass play in program history.

Flaherty made the transition to right tackle fro defensive end midway through the season as injuries took their toll on the offensive line. A two-plus year contributor on defense for Stevenson, he had totaled 13 tackles on defense before making the switch to the offensive line and had a total of 73 tackles in two-plus seasons.

Stevenson, 6-4 overall and 6-3 in MAC play, has qualified for postseason play for the fourth straight season and will face Alfred in the ECAC James Lynah Bowl as part of ECAC D3 Football Fest on Sunday, November 19 at the University of Delaware's Delaware Stadium.

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