Football Players Earn NESCAC Honors

November 18, 2010

Five members of the Middlebury College football team were honored today when the NESCAC announced its All-League teams. Seniors Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.), Andrew Poulin (Irvington, N.Y.) and Anthony Kuchan (Wauwatosa, Wis.), junior Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Moores (Manchester, Mass.) were all named to the second team. The group led the Panthers to a 4-4 mark in ’10, including three wins in their last four games.

McKillop earns All-NESCAC honors for the third consecutive season. The former NESCAC rookie of the year led the league with 319.5 yards passing/game this season, as well as total offense with 329.9 yards/contest. He was the second-rated passer in the league with a 123.3 efficiency rating, twice earning NESCAC Player of the Week honors. McKillop ended the year 252 of 413 for 2,556 yards with 19 touchdown passes. In his final collegiate game, he broke the only school record he didn’t already own, tossing six touchdown passes to earn the “Gold Helmet” by the New England sports writers.

He ends his career holding single-game records for completions (47), attempts (74) yards, (462) and touchdown passes (6). He owns single-season marks for completions (262), attempts (413), yards (2,873) and touchdown passes (22). The senior holds career records for completions (814), attempts (1,300), yards (8,748) and touchdown passes (62).

McKillop’s top touchdown target this season was Rayner, who found paydirt a team-high six times in ’10. The junior was fourth in the NESCAC with 6.43 receptions/game, catching 45 passes for 457 yards. He caught a career-high 13 passes in an October 9th game vs. Amherst, while catching six balls for 111 yards and three touchdowns in the season finale vs. Tufts.

Protecting McKillop up front this season was Moores, the team’s starting left tackle. The sophomore started all eight games this season, protecting McKillop’s blindside. He helped anchor an offense live that ranked second in the league with 422 yards of total offense/game. His group also allowed only 10 sacks in eight games, an impressive number for a team that threw the ball 420 times in ’10.

Kuchan earns second-team honors for the second straight season. He finished the year converting 10 of 12 field goal attempts, tying the school’s single-season record. He converted 21 of 24 extra-points, placing him sixth overall in the league in scoring with 6.4 points/game. Kuchan ends his career 19 of 24 in three-point attempts, converting almost 80% of his tries.

Poulin led the team in tackles this season with 40 solo and 37 assists for 77 total tacklers. The linebacker also paced the team with seven tackles for lost yardage, while adding a sack, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble. He nearly tied the school record (20) with 19 tackles in an October 30th game at Trinity. He also had three tackles for lost yardage in that game, while picking up a dozen tackles in a November 6th win at Hamilton.