Six Football Players Honored By The NESCAC - Foote Is Player Of The Year, Patricia Is Rookie Of The Year

November 15, 2012

Six members of the Middlebury College football team were honored when the NESCAC announced its all-league teams. Junior quarterback McCallum Foote (Newton, Mass.) was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year, while first-year linebacker Tim Patricia (Los Angeles, Calif.) was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Joining Foote on the first-team were senior wide receiver Zach Driscoll (Concord, Mass.), senior tight end Billy Chapman (New Canaan, Conn.) and senior offensive lineman Ryan Moores (Manchester, Mass.). Joining Patricia as a second-team selection on defense was senior defensive lineman Jimmy Tilson (Basking Ridge, N.J.). The group helped the Panthers to a second place finish in the NESCAC, ending with a 7-1 mark.

In just his second season under center for the Panthers, Foote was a nightmare for opposing defenses in 2012. The junior finished the year with NESCAC and program records for passing yards (2,897) and touchdowns (31) while completing 63.7% (256-402) of his throws. He averaged an eye-popping 362.1 yards per game (4th nationally), posted an efficiency rating of 145.7 and also chipped in with a pair of rushing touchdowns. In eight games started, he was picked off just eight times in 402 attempts. He completed 256 passes this season, leading the nation with 32.0/game.

Foote was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week on three occasions this year. He also earned the prestigious Gold Helmet Award for the second time in his career after completing 40 of 58 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns in Middlebury’s 50-21 win at Hamilton on November 3. Over the course of the season, he piled up 400 or more yards through the air three times and tossed five touchdown passes on four occasions for the 7-1 Panthers. Foote was placed on the All-NESCAC first-team for the second straight season. Foote is the first Panther to earn the league’s top offensive award since 2009, when former quarterback Donald McKillop was recognized.

Driscoll was voted to the first-team after a record-breaking year for Middlebury. The wide receiver established new NESCAC records for receptions (83) and touchdown catches (15) in a season, while coming up just three yards short of the yardage mark (1,134). Driscoll ended his career as the Panthers’ all-time leader in receptions (172), yards (2,257) and touchdowns (29). After racking up four touchdowns in a 42-13 win at Colby on September 29, he exploded for 250 yards and three scores in a 30-13 triumph at Williams two weeks later. Driscoll had 10 catches or more in six of Middlebury’s eight games this year.

Fellow Panther Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.) repeated as the first-team selection at tight end. Another one of Foote’s favorite targets, he added 61 receptions, 693 yards and eight touchdowns to his already impressive career totals. The senior went over 100 yards four times, collecting two touchdowns in wins over Bowdoin (September 22), Amherst (October 6) and Bates (October 20). Chapman finishes third all-time at Middlebury with 135 catches and 15 touchdowns, placing sixth with 1,531 yards receiving.

A second-team All-Conference selection for the past two seasons, Moores earns a spot on the first-team in ’12. The NFL prospect helped anchor an offensive line that allowed just .63 sacks/game this season, placing them 12th nationally. The mere five sacks allowed this season came on 418 passing attempts. He also helped protect the nation’s third best passing game (371.38 yards/game) this season.

Patricia joined McKillop (2007) as the second player in program history to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. The first year made an immediate impact for the Panthers with 10 or more tackles in six games. His 85 stops (48 solo) were the second most in the league, and he also added five tackles for loss and an interception. Patricia amassed 12 tackles four times this year.

Tilson, who was also a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American, had a solid year on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers. The starting defensive lineman ended the season sixth on the team with 30 tackles this season, 20 of them solo. He was second in ’12 with 4.5 tackles for lost yardage, forcing a fumble and recovering another. He ends his career at Middlebury with 52 tackles, seven of them for lost yardage.