Amherst Places Three on All-Region Team

Senior defensive back A.J. Scola was named to the 2008 All-East Region Third Team.
AMHERST, MA – announced today its 2008 All-Region Teams, with three Amherst College student-athletes adding to their postseason honors. While seniors Justin Wiley (Baltimore, MD) and Tim Rose (Richmond, VA) were each named to the All-East Region Third Team on offense, senior A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) earned a spot on the Third Team for defense.

No other team in the NESCAC placed more than two players on a 2008 All-East Region Team, as the Lord Jeffs join John Szawlowski (First Team, Offense) and Trevor Powers (Third Team, Defense) of Williams, Brendan Kelly (First Team, Offense) and Andrew Matson (Third Team, Offense) of Middlebury, Tom Tassinari (Second Team, Defense) of Tufts and Tyler Berry (Third Team, Defense) of Trinity.

Rose, Wiley and Scola become only the fifth players in Amherst history to earn All-Region honors, an award that was introduced in 2005. In the inaugural season, center Ryan Smith ’07 and defensive tackle L.J. Spinnato ’06 were each named to an All-East Region Third Team.

Wiley and Rose spearheaded an offensive line that allowed a conference-low five sacks for a total loss of 35 yards, as Amherst was one of only two teams in Division III to allow five or fewer sacks in 2008. Wiley—a 2007 All-NESCAC Second Team selection and 2008 First Team honoree—and Rose—a 2008 First Team All-Conference member—also played a vital role in leading an offensive line that allowed the Jeffs to average 125.8 rushing yards per game.

To go along with his 2007 All-NESCAC Second Team selection and 2008 First Team honor, Scola represents Amherst on the defensive side of the ball. Scola wrapped up a stellar career with 40 tackles (28 solo), four pass breakups and an interception in 2008. After finishing with 35 tackles (17 solo) and two interceptions as a sophomore, Scola had a breakout junior season, during which he intercepted five passes (second most in the NESCAC) and broke up seven others to go along with his 26 total tackles.