Lord Jeffs Place Six on 2010 All-NESCAC Teams

AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the 2010 Football All-Conference Teams this afternoon, selecting six members of the Amherst College team this season. Amherst (6-2) placed a pair of players on both the First Team Offense and Defense sides, while grabbing a single spot on the Second Team Offense and the First Team Specialists lists.

Brian Murphy '11 wrapped up a stellar career
with a First Team All-Conference honor.

Earning first team honors for Amherst’s record-setting offense were sophomore center John Ceccio (Stony Point, NY) and senior wide receiver Brian Murphy (Evanston, IL). Ceccio anchored the middle of an offensive line unit that finished the season tied for the lead in the NESCAC in sacks against (7). Ceccio joins Williams College’s Darren Hartwell as the only two sophomores to earn First Team Offense honors this season.

Murphy helped lead one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the NESCAC as one of three seniors in a wide receiving group that regularly played as many as six players per game. Murphy surely sacrificed statistics for the better of the team during his career, with this season as no exception. A Second Team selection last fall, Murphy was elevated to the top team this afternoon after finishing the year with 34 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Ceccio, Murphy and the Amherst offense set a program record this fall for points per game (35.8).

Earning First Team Defense honors this season for the Lord Jeffs were junior defensive lineman Kevin Ferber (Mahwah, NJ) and senior linebacker Jeff Katz (Cheshire, CT). For both players, this afternoon’s honor is the first of their respective careers. Ferber finished the season ranked second on the Amherst team in total tackles (59), while leading the team in sacks (5.5), passes broken up (6) and fumble recoveries (2). Ferber also finished the year tied with Katz for the team lead in tackles for loss with 8.5. Ferber’s 5.5 sacks this season was the second highest total in the NESCAC for 2010.

In addition to Katz’s 8.5 tackles for loss, the senior finished the year with 3.5 sacks and 57 total tackles. Katz joined Amherst just last season, and accounted for 11.5 sacks during his 16 games playing for the Lord Jeffs. With 22.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in two seasons, Katz was a constant threat in the opposition’s backfield while wearing the purple and white.

Jeff Katz '11 made his impact felt in two seasons at Amherst.

Also earning First Team honors as a specialist this season is Amherst junior Matt Rawson (Bethesda, MD).  Amherst’s leading scorer in 2010 with 67 points on 9 of 10 field goals, 34 of 36 extra points and one rushing touchdown, Rawson had the single greatest season ever produced by a kicker for the Jeffs. Rawson set a school record with nine field goals in the season, and was twice named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week. In a 70-49 win over Tufts, Rawson was 10 for 10 on PATs, and scored his only touchdown of the year on a three yard run on a fake field goal. As Amherst’s punter, Rawson booted 40 punts this season with an average of 36.9 yards per attempt. With a long of 66 yards and 19 kicks downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line, Rawson was also one of the elite punters in the conference this season.

Amherst’s lone Second Team selection was awarded to junior running back Eric Bunker (Topsfield, MA). After finishing the season with a team-leading nine rushing touchdowns and a single receiving score, Bunker ranked second on Amherst's scoring list to Rawson with 60 points. Bunker rushed for 647 yards on 124 attempts, averaging 80.9 yards per contest, while adding another 19 receptions for 110 yards. With 94.6 yards per game of all-purpose production, Bunker was Amherst’s most potent offensive threat in 2010.

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