Athletics

Amherst College Football 2009 Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Finished season undefeated with 8-0 record
  • Outright NESCAC Champions for the first time in program history
  • Finished as Little Three Champions
  • Beat Williams for the first time since 2004
  • Beat Williams for the first time at Weston Field since 1985
  • Led Division III in rush defense (50.9 ypg)
  • Led Division III in sacks per game (4.75)
  • Led the NESCAC in scoring defense (10.4)
  • Led the NESCAC in turnover margin
  • Led the NESCAC in pass efficiency defense
  • Finished third in Division III in scoring defense (10.4)
  • Finished tied for fourth in Division III in red zone defense


INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Head Coach E.J. Mills

* Named 2009 NESCAC Coach of the Year
* Named the D3football.com East Region Coach of the Year
* Named the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II/III New England Head Coach of the Year.
* Named American Football Coaches Association Division III Region 1 Coach of the Year

Senior Linebacker Mike Taylor
* Named 2009 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year
* Named First Team All-NESCAC
* Two-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week (10/4, 11/1)
* Named to ECAC Northeast All-Star Team
* Named to D3football.com All-East Region First Team
* Named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team
* Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
* Led Amherst in tackles for second consecutive year (89)
* Led the NESCAC in forced fumbles (3)
* Finished the season tied for 5th in the NESCAC in tackles-for-loss (11.0)
* Earned team’s Co-MVP Award

Senior Defensive End Eric Pender
* Named First Team All-NESCAC
* Part of unit that allowed only three rushing touchdowns
* Defensive unit ranked 1st  in NESCAC in rush defense
* Co-recipient of Amherst’s George Cardigan Award for Most Valuable Defensive Lineman

Senior Defensive Lineman Edwin Urey

* Named First Team All-NESCAC
* Part of unit that allowed only three rushing touchdowns
* Defensive unit ranked 1st in NESCAC in rush defense
* Ranked 2nd in NESCAC in sacks
* Ranked 2nd in NESCAC in tackles for loss
* Named to ECAC Northeast All-Star Team
* Co-recipient of Amherst’s George Cardigan Award for Most Valuable Defensive Lineman

Senior Defensive Back Fred Argir
* Ranked 9th in Division III in passes defended per game
* Tied for 7th in Division III in interceptions per game
* Had back-to-back games with two interceptions
* Led NESCAC in interceptions (6) and passes defended (14)
* Named First Team All-NESCAC
* Had interception at Williams that led to game-winning touchdown
* Named to D3football.com All-America Second Team
* Named to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team
* Named to D3football.com All-East Region First Team
* Named to ECAC Northeast All-Star Team

Senior Offensive Lineman Wyatt Moss
* Named First Team All-NESCAC
* Named to ECAC Northeast All-Star Team
* Won team’s Paul Eckley Award as Most Valuable Lineman

Senior Defensive Back Chris Govey

* Earned team’s Co-MVP Award
* Amherst All-Sportsmanship Honoree
* Made game-winning tackle on fourth down at Williams

Senior Defensive Back Fran Florio
* Tied for 7th in NESCAC in interceptions (3)

Senior Tight End Dan Savage
* NESCAC Fall All-Academic Honoree

Senior Defensive Back Vincent DiForte
* NESCAC Fall All-Academic Honoree

Junior Wide Reciever Brian Murphy
* Named to All-NESCAC Second Team
* Led team in receptions (41), receiving yards (374) and receiving touchdowns (4)
* 7th in NESCAC with 5.12 receptions per game

Junior Outside Linebacker Jeff Katz
* Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week (10/18)
* Led NESCAC with 8.0 sacks
* 4th in NESCAC in tackles for loss

Junior Quarterback Alex Vetras
* Named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week (10/11)
* Ranked 5th in NESCAC in passing yards per game (202.0)

Junior Linebacker Brandon Quinn

* 11th in NESCAC in tackles per game (8.75)

Junior Defensive Back Nick Edwards

* Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
* Tied for 4th in NESCAC in interceptions (4)

Junior Wide Receiver Dan Pozner
* Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team

Sophomore Kicker Matt Rawson
* 3rd in NESCAC in field goals per game (1.0)
* 4th in NESCAC in PAT kicking percentage (88.9)

Sophomore Defensive Lineman Kevin Ferber

* 5th in NESCAC in sacks per game (0.88)
* 2nd in NESCAC in fumbles forced (2)

First-year Linebacker Sam Clark
* Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week (10/11)