Football Players Earn East Honors - Foote Is Player Of The Year

December 5, 2012

Four members of the Middlebury College football team were honored when nationally-acclaimed D3football.com announced its four all-region teams. Junior quarterback McCallum Foote (Newton, Mass.) was named the East Region Offensive Player of the Year along with first-team accolades as quarterback. Joining Foote on the first-team were senior tight end Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.), a two-time all-east pick, and senior offensive lineman Ryan Moores (Manchester, Mass.), a second-team selection last season. Senior wide receiver Zach Driscoll (Concord, Mass.) capped the foursome with second-team honors. The group helped the Panthers to a 7-1 NESCAC mark.

Foote, the lone junior finalist for Division III’s highest football honor, the Gagliardi Trophy, 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 completed 256 passes this season, leading the nation with 32 completions per game. Foote sits in the top five nationally in three other categories, while setting two NESCAC records (yards passing and TD’s) and breaking three school records this year.

Foote was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and earned back-to-back first-team nods as quarterback in the conference. He also earned the prestigious Gold Helmet Award for the second time in his career. 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 Panthers. The signal-caller was also an All-New England pick in 2012.

Chapman repeated as the first-team all-east selection at tight end. The D3football.com pre-season All-American selection did not disappoint this season, setting career bests with 61 receptions, 693 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second to Driscoll in all three categories in the NESCAC from his tight end position. The senior went over 100 yards four times, collecting two touchdowns in three wins. He was twice tabbed as tight end on D3football.com’s weekly national team this season, giving him four for his career. He is a two-time first-team NESCAC tight end as well as an All-New England selection. Chapman finishes third all-time at Middlebury with 135 catches and 15 touchdowns, placing sixth with 1,531 yards receiving.

A second-team D3football.com pick in 2011, Moores, a 6’6”, 315 pound tackle, earned a spot on the all-east first-team in ’12. For the year, Middlebury suffered only five sacks in 418 pass attempts, the best in the NESCAC and 11th nationally.  Additionally, the offensive line was vital in moving the chains as the offense collected a school-best 207 first downs, averaging 25.88 per game, which ranks seventh in Division III.  The Panthers lead the nation in tackles for loss allowed (2.63/game), based in large part to the strong play by Moores and his linemates.

Driscoll was voted to the second-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). The first-team NESCAC and All-New England receiver led the nation in receiving yards per game (141.75), and is second in the nation in receptions per game (10.38). Driscoll owns seven school records including: receptions (172), yards (2,257) and touchdowns (29). Driscoll had 10 catches or more in six of Middlebury’s eight games this year.

For the season, the Panthers set 12 school records, four NESCAC marks, and currently lead the nation in three offensive categories, while holding seven more top-10 spots in national statistics. As first-team selections, Foote, Moores and Chapman are put on the ballot for D3football.com All-American team, which will be named later this month.