Friday, November 26, 2010

UAlbany Places Three on All-NEC Football Team; Dillon Romain Named Top Offensive Rookie - UAlbany Sports 2010

Somerset, N.J. - University at Albany's Trevor Anderson, Mike Kelly and Eddie Delaney, a trio of defensive linemen, have been selected to the 2010 All-Northeast Conference Football Team, as announced on Friday, Nov. 26 by the conference office. Dillon Romain was chosen NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year, the first UAlbany player to be voted the award since the Great Danes joined the league in 1999.

Anderson, a defensive tackle from Warnersville, N.Y., makes his second straight appearance on the All-NEC first team. He is the fourth UAlbany defensive lineman to be named to the first team in consecutive seasons. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound senior totaled 45 tackles, 2.0 sacks, three pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Anderson, who had five or more tackles against 11 opponents during his career, piled up 146 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss as a collegian, In four seasons, Anderson's UAlbany teams combined for 30 wins, two NEC championships and one Gridiron Classic title.

Kelly, a senior defensive end from West Long Branch, N.J., is a member of the All-NEC squad for the first time. A second-team selection, Kelly totaled 49 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two interceptions, plus led the Great Danes with 8.0 tackles for a loss. He was a key figure in the final month of the season, as UAlbany finished with three consecutive wins. His 54-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:30 remaining at Sacred Heart sealed the outcome in a 35-23 victory, ,plus he was named NEC defensive player of the week for his performance in a season-ending victory against Monmouth. Kelly, at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, finished his career with 137 tackles, 8.0 sacks and 18.5 hits for a loss.

Delaney, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound junior, earned all-conference recognition for the second time as a defensive end. He also received second-team honors in 2008. A native of Holtsville, N.Y., he recorded 30 or more tackles for the year in a row with 41, including 4.5 for losses. Delaney, who has 111 career tackles, has been a consistent performer despite being born without a left hand and wearing an insulin pump to control diabetes.

Romain, a freshman tailback from Vernon, N.J., was the conference's top offensive rookie after rushing for 547 yards and six touchdowns and averaging 86.7 all-purpose yards per game. He is 32nd among the FCS national leaders with a 25.1 kickoff return average. Romain was tabbed NEC rookie of the week on four occasions, including three times in the month of November. He established the program's freshman single-game rushing record with 193 yards against Wagner and averaged more than 120 yards on the ground in his team's three-game win streak to end the season. His 954 all-purpose yards is the highest total by a freshman in the school's Division I FCS history.

Paw Prints: UAlbany (6-5, NEC 4-4) established a program record with its fifth consecutive winning season ... the previous mark of four straight winning campaigns was established from 1996-99 ... the Great Danes, who will return 14 starters for the 2011 season, tied for fourth in the NEC standings ... Robert Morris shared the NEC championship with Central Connecticut State, but captured the conference's first automatic NCAA FCS playoff berth by winning the head-to-head matchup ... Robert Morris meets North Dakota State in the NCAA's opening round on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m. ... Robert Morris' Joe Walton was named NEC Coach of the Year ...

UAlbany's Bob Ford is the career active leader among Division I FCS coaches with 247 victories ... DT Trevor Anderson joined Andre Coleman (2005, 2006), Michael Dungey (2006, 2007) and Tom Pandolf (2007, 2008) as the lone UAlbany defensive linemen to earn first-team All-NEC recognition twice ... TB Dillon Romain accounted for 100-plus all-purpose running yards four times, including 159 vs. Monmouth in last Saturday's final game.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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