Football Players Named All-New England

November 26, 2012

Three members of the Middlebury College football team were honored when the 2012 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team was announced. Senior wide receiver Zach Driscoll (Concord, Mass.), senior tight end Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.) and junior quarterback McCallum Foote (Newton, Mass.) were all honored. The group helped the Panthers to a 7-1 record this season on the gridiron.

Driscoll, who was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection, had 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.

Chapman was also honored, after earning first-team All-NESCAC honors for the second-straight season. 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.

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. He was also named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year, while being an All-NESCAC first-team selection.

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.

The team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 6, at the Montvale Plaza, in Stoneham, Mass.