Amherst Standouts Honored by ECAC, D3football.com

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AMHERST, MA – The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced its 2009 Division III Football All-Stars. Amherst College joins Westfield State College in placing four players on the ECAC Northeast Team, leading all schools in the region. D3football.com has also announced its 2009 All-Region Teams, with Amherst placing two players on the All-East Region First Team.

Amherst was the lone NESCAC school to earn an ECAC All-Star selection on defense, with defensive back Fred Argir (Lakeville, MN), linebacker Mike Taylor (Evanston, IL) and lineman Edwin Urey (Quincy, MA) representing the Lord Jeffs. Wyatt Moss (Westport, CT) is the only NESCAC offensive lineman named an ECAC All-Star this year.

Taylor and Argir are also the only NESCAC players to earn D3football.com All-Region First Team honors. Five Lord Jeffs had earned D3football All-Region recognition since the award was introduced in 2005, but Taylor and Argir become the first to earn First Team selections on either side of the ball.

Amherst Head coach E.J. Mills was named the D3football.com East Region Coach of the Year for leading the Jeffs to an 8-0 season after finishing at 5-3 a year ago. Mills had already been named NESCAC and AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year, as well as the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II/III New England Head Coach of the Year.

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In addition to leading the NESCAC in interceptions (6) and passes defended (14), Argir’s 57 tackles ranked him in the top 20. Argir also shared the team’s 2009 Defensive Back of the Year award with classmate Fran Florio (Staten Island, NY). The 2009 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor led the conference in forced fumbles (3) and finished second in tackles (89) and tied for fifth in tackles for loss (11.0), adding 4.0 sacks, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Taylor and senior Chris Govey (Easton, MA) shared the team’s Most Valuable Player award.

Urey was part of a defensive unit that allowed only three rushing touchdowns and is currently second in Division III in rushing defense (50.9 ypg). Urey ranked second in the NESCAC in sacks (8.0) and TFL (13.0) this year, adding six breakups and a forced fumble. He and classmate Eric Pender (Drexel Hill, PA) were co-recipients of Amherst’s George Cadigan Award as the most valuable defensive linemen.

Amherst’s lone ECAC All-Star selection on offense is Moss, who led a young group of linemen this year as the lone returning starter. The Lord Jeffs allowed the fewest sacks in the NESCAC (8) and ran for 79.1 yards per game with Moss spearheading the line. An All-Conference First Team selection, Moss was named the team’s Paul Eckley Award winner earlier this month as the most valuable offensive lineman.

Complete lists of 2009 ECAC All-Stars and D3football.com All-Region honorees are available.