Rowland headlines All-NJAC selections; sophomore named league's Special Teams Player of the Year

Rowland headlines All-NJAC selections; sophomore named league's Special Teams Player of the Year

PITMAN, N.J. – The Salisbury University football team earned a number of honors on Friday when the New Jersey Athletic Conference announced its all-conference teams. The Sea Gulls saw sophomore Sean Rowland named the league's Special Teams Player of the Year while three other Sea Gulls were named to the first team.

Rowland's accolade marks the eighth time a Sea Gull has earned the top special teams honor in the league. Rowland was electrifying on kickoffs, averaging 31.3 yards per return, and much of the year saw teams kicking the ball short or away from him to keep the ball out of his hands. On the very first play of the 2016 season Rowland made his presence known, taking the opening kickoff against Albright College 92 yards for a touchdown.

Seniors Connor Canonico and Riley Cannon, and junior Alex Potocko were named to the All-NJAC First Team.

Canonico, a super back, ran for 752 yards in the regular season, while going for nine touchdowns and a 5.8-yard-per-carry average. Cannon, an offensive lineman, helped open the running lanes for Canonico and the other ball carriers, which led to Salisbury ranking second in the nation in rushing yards, averaging 361.3 yards per game. Potocko was one of the top place kickers in the league, connecting on eight field goals, including a career-long 40-yard boot, and being successful on 44-of-47 extra-point tries.

Ryan Kolb and Daniel McHugh were named to the second team for offense, while Dominic Fabrizio and Christian Wilson were on the second team for defense and Rowland landed on the NJAC second team for special teams.

Kolb ran for 810 yards and four touchdowns from the slot position, while McHugh started all 10 games on the offensive line while helping the team to the fewest sacks allowed in the league. Fabrizio recorded 34 tackles, including a pair of sacks from the linebacker position and Wilson defended eight passes and recorded 41 tackles from the corner back position.

Seniors Ryan Jones, Tyler Paradysz, Aarron Moore and junior Brady Curley were all honorable mention picks for the All-NJAC team.

The Sea Gulls cap off their season this Sunday, November 20 in Philadelphia, taking on Carnegie Mellon University in the ECAC Legacy Bowl. The contest, being played at Historic Franklin Field, will begin at 11 a.m.

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