Football Players Earn NESCAC Honors
November 17, 2011
Five members of the Middlebury College football team were honored when the All-NESCAC teams were announced. Junior tight end Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore quarterback McCallum Foote (Newton, Mass.) earned first-team honors, while senior Nick Resor (Westwood, Mass.) and juniors Remi Ashkar (Glen Rock, N.J.) and Ryan Moores (Manchester, Mass.) earned second-team honors. The group helped the Panthers win three of their last four games to finish at 4-4 in ’11.
Foote had tough shoes to fill in ’11, replacing four-year starter Donald McKillop ’10 who rewrote the school and New England record books. In his first season of college action, the sophomore came out firing, leading the nation in passing yardage and total offense with 345.71 yards/game. He also ranked first nationally in passing with 32.43 completions/contest. Foote finished the year 227 of 364 for 2,420 yards in seven games. He tossed 20 touchdown passes, while having nine picked off, earning NESCAC Player of the Week honors twice. Foote was also the recipient of the prestigious “Gold Helmet Award”, given weekly to the top performer in New England. He earned the award after going 39 of 53 for 412 yards with five touchdown passes in a win at Bates. His numbers this season earned him spots in the NESCAC top five single-season categories of passing yardage, completions attempt and touchdowns.
Chapman had a break-out season at tight end, leading the team with 57 receptions for 635 yards with five touchdowns. He finished the year tied with Resor for the NESCAC lead with 7.12 receptions/contest, while ranking third with 79.4 yards/game. Chapman had several big games this season, including three with 10 or more catches. The junior caught 10 passes for 139 yards with a touchdown against Colby, while catching 11 balls for 122 yards with a score in a contest at Bates.
Ashkar was the league’s fourth leading rusher, averaging 83.4 yards/game. The junior carried the ball 189 times, earning 667 yards with 11 touchdowns and an average of 3.5 yards/carry. Ashkar earned NESCAC player of the week honors in the final week of the season, gaining 105 yards with two touchdowns, including the game-winner late in a win over Tufts. He rushed for a season-high 132 yards with a pair of scores against Williams, while rushing for 100 or more yards in four of eight games. Ashkar scored a touchdown in every game this season, while also catching 36 passes for 339 yards, ending the year with over 1,000 all-purpose yards.
Resor was one of Foote’s top targets this season, finishing tied with Chapman for the NESCAC lead with 7.12 catches/game. Resor was fifth in the league with 66.8 yards receiving/game, pulling down five touchdown passes in ’11. He ended the year with 57 receptions for 534 yards, including a pair of touchdowns at Amherst. Resor had back-to-back big games with 13 catches for 106 yards against Amherst and 11 receptions for 130 yards against Williams.
Moores earns a spot on the second-team as an offensive lineman for the second straight season. The junior helped anchor a line that produced the NESCAC’s top offense this season with 415 yards/game, 56 yards more than any other team in the league. Moores and his linemates were part of the second-highest scoring offense in the league, while protecting Foote, the nation’s top passer.