DANBURY, Conn. – The Salisbury University football team collected two more awards on Friday, with the Eastern College Athletic Conference releasing its 2015 South All-Stars and Salisbury had two selections with junior Connor Canonico and freshman Shane Gaines being honored.
Gaines, a defensive back from Baltimore, ranked fourth on the team this year, and 20th in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, with 62 tackles. He also had an interception, a forced fumble, and seven passes broken up to be named the ECAC South Defensive Rookie of the Year.
On five occasions this season, Gaines was named the NJAC's Defensive Rookie of the Week and was honored as the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Canonico, a super back from Farmingdale, New Jersey, ran for 852 yards this year, which ranked second on the team and sixth in the NJAC earning him second-team ECAC South honors. His 10 rushing touchdowns were tied for the team lead and third in the conference.
Canonico was one of three Sea Gulls named to the All-NJAC First Team this year.
The Sea Gulls were the co-champions of the NJAC in the program's first season in the league, earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Salisbury went 7-3 to make the NCAA tournament for 10th time in program history.
To see the entire list of ECAC South All-Stars, click here.