NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Academy had eight players honored as seven earned All-conference honors and freshman quarterback Derek Victory was named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Rookie of the Year in voting by the eight head coaches in the conference.
Six of the seven players that earned All-conference were honored for the first time in their careers while sophomore kicker Tyler Henning earned second team honors for the second consecutive season.
Three players were named to the first team while four more earned second teams honors. The defense led the way with two first team selections and three second team members.
Junior wide receiver Collis Brown, junior defensive lineman Aaron Black and sophomore defensive back Joe Rizzardi were named to the first team.
Henning, junior linebacker Victor Rizzardi, junior defensive lineman Joel Wyman and sophomore linebacker Kyle Wood were all named to the second team.
Victory, who became the Bears starter after and 0-3 start, was 182 of 313 for 1,686 yards with ten touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He set a Coast Guard record with 36 completions in a 41-38 win over Western New England in just the second start of his career on Oct. 5th.
Brown, who led the NEFC in both receptions (67) and yards (983) set a single-season school record with his 983 receiving yards. He also set single-game records with 16 receptions and 244 yards in the win over Western New England.
Joe Rizzardi, who won the Prestigious Gold Helmet as he set a school-record by returning a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in a 37-20 win over Nichols on Sept. 28th, was second on the team with 86 tackles, 62 solo and led the team with three interceptions and was tied for the team lead with 6.5 tackles for loss.
Henning tied a single-season school record with 12 field goals and was 12 for 16 on the season. He also made 28 of 29 extra points for the Bears.
Victor Rizzardi led all NEFC defensive backs and was fifth on the Bears with 64 tackles, 39 solo to go with 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and interception and two fumble recoveries.
Wyman was third among all NEFC defensive lineman and third on the Bears with 67 tackles, 26 solo with a team-high tying 6.5 tackles for loss while also registering two sacks.
Wood, who was fourth among NEFC linebackers and fourth on the team with 65 tackles, had 37 solo, 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception in nine games this season.