Nine Football Players Earn NESCAC Honors - McKillop Is Player Of The Year
November 18, 2009
Nine members of the Middlebury College football team have earned All-NESCAC honors, while junior quarterback Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) has been named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. McKillop, along with senior James Millard (Greenwich, Conn.) earned first-team honors, while seniors Erik Rostad (York, Maine), Paul Bennett (Williamstown, N.J.) and Stuart Lindberg (Perkasie, Pa.) were named to the second-team. Also earning sports on the second-team for the Panthers were seniors Eric Kamback (Mahwah, N.J.) and Dan Haluska (Wellesley, Mass.), along with juniors David Reed (New Canaan, Conn.) and Anthony Kuchan (Wauwatosa, Wis.). The group helped lead the Panthers to a 5-3 mark this season, winning their last four games of '09.
After earning a spot on the second-team a year ago, McKillop earns first-team honors while also garnering Offensive Player of the Year honors. The junior quarterback had a record-breaking season, ending the year with Middlebury and NESCAC single-season records for completions (262), attempts (405), yards (2873), touchdown passes (22), and total offense (2967 yards). He also holds all 10 Middlebury single-season and career passing records as a junior. McKillop is currently ranked first in the nation in completions/game with 32.75, while ranking second with 359.1 passing yards/contest. He ended the season as the league's top rated quarterback, owning a 136.8 efficiency rating. The junior was second on the team with 94 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns on the ground. He also holds Middlebury single-game records for completions (47), attempts (74) and yards (438).
Joining McKillop on the first-team was Millard, who makes his first appearance on the squad as a receiver and his third-straight first-team appearance as a return specialist. He completed his senior season with 3,333 yards of total offense in his career. He is a two-time ('07 & '08) All-NESCAC selection as a specialist, ranking third in the league with 149.1 yards of total offense/game. The senior became a key receiver this season for the Panthers, setting a new school record with 64 receptions to place him second in the NESCAC with 8.0/game. His 748 yards receiving were also second in the league, while he caught three touchdown passes. Millard earned over 100 yards in five games this season, including 148 yards on 13 catches in a win over Hamilton.
Bennett and Lindberg represent Middlebury's offensive line as second-team selections. The duo helped to protect McKillop, allowing the Panthers to boast the nation's third most effective passing game at 373 yards/game. The team ranked fourth in the league with just 2.0 sacks allowed/game, while leading the league with 450.5 yards of total offense/contest.
Rostad had a big senior season for the Panthers, earning a spot on the second-team as a running back. The senior finished the season first on the team and fourth in the NESCAC with 55.5 yards rushing/contest, carrying the ball 130 times for 444 yards. He was second on the team and third in the league with 7.12 catches/game, pulling down 57 passes for 609 yards and five touchdowns. The senior led the NESCAC in scoring with 9.0 points/game, scoring a dozen touchdowns over eight games. He ends his career at Middlebury with 12 rushing touchdowns for 914 yards to go along with eight touchdown catches through 101 receptions and 944 yards.
Reed had a break-out season at tight end, starting all eight games and earning second-team honors. He finished the season second on the team with 40 catches for 450 yards, earning a touchdown. The junior had some big games this season, including an 11-catch, 105-yard performance in Middlebury's win over Trinity. He also had a 100-yard game earlier in the year with nine catches at Amherst.
Kamback earns second-team honors for the second straight season. After finishing second in the league in tackles a year ago, Kamback took over the top spot this season with 12.9 tackles/game. He earned 43 solo and 63 assisted tackles this season, to go along with four tackles for lost yardage. Kamback also recorded a sack and four pass break-ups, while recording a fumble caused. Kamback tied the school record twice this season with mammoth 20-tackle performances against Williams and Tufts. His 103 tackles this season were third-most in Middlebury single-season history, as he ends his career with 227 tackles to finish fourth on the school's all-time list.
Haluska was named to the second-team in Middlebury's defensive backfield. The safety finished the season tied for the league-lead with .62 interceptions/game, finishing the year with five picks, second-most in a season at Middlebury. He tied the school-record a year ago with three picks in a game and ends his career with eight interceptions to finish tied for fourth on the school's all-time list. Haluska earned 41 total tackles this season, including five for lost yardage and four break-ups. He ends his career with a 101 total tackles and 14 pass break-ups.
Kuchan earns second-team honors as the Panthers' kicker. Kuchan went three for five in field goal attempts this season, connecting on three-pointers from 29, 37 and 26 yards. He was successful on 30 of 31 extra point attempts this season, connecting on 64 of 67 in his career. He is now 9 of 12 in career field goal attempts, with a long of 37 yards.