Maysonet named Big South Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
July 26, 2012
Charlotte, N.C. -
Senior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) was chosen as the Big South Preseason Offensive Player of the Year at the conference's 11th annual media day/luncheon at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites hotel. Maysonet headlines six preseason all-conference selections. In addition, the Seawolves were picked as the favorite to repeat as champions.
Maysonet rushed for 1,633 yards, a Stony Brook and Big South record, and 15 touchdowns in 2011. He scored four touchdowns against Lafayette and Charleston Southern, becoming the school's all-time leader in rushing TDs (27).
He sits in fifth place in conference history with 2,761 yards and is 873 yards shy of breaking the all-time mark set by former Liberty and Jacksonville Jaguar running back Rashad Jennings. Maysonet is 847 yards shy of breaking Conte Cuttino's school-rushing mark of 3,607.
Entering 2012, Maysonet is tops in the nation among all active players in yards per game (115.0) and second in yards per carry (6.45).
Despite not starting until the fifth game of the 2011 season, Essington posted one of the greatest seasons in school history by a quarterback. Essington, a second team All-Big South selection, passed for 1,919 yards and 20 touchdowns, and ran for five scores, accounting for the most touchdowns by a Stony Brook quarterback in the Division I era. Essington threw only four interceptions, ranking second in the nation in passing efficiency (162.26).
Bamiro has started 20 straight games at right tackle, blocking for an offense that ranked second in FCS (38.0 ppg), fourth in rushing offense (267.31 ypg) and eighth in total offense (441.62 ypg).
Junior Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.) and senior Dominick Reyes (Hesperia, Calif.), both all-conference selections in 2011, are the defensive representatives. Dudley, a first team All-Big South honoree who finished second on the team with 71 tackles, led the Seawolves with 4.5 sacks. His forced fumble against VMI resulted in a touchdown, and his QB hurry against Albany led to a game-saving interception. The strong-side linebacker will lead a group, which includes juniors Reginald Francklin (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Grant Nakwaasah (Richardson, Texas).
Reyes, who totaled 68 tackles, earned second-team honors a year ago. He recorded two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one in the end zone against UTEP in the season opener. His lone interception ended a late-game drive against Albany as his INT sealed a win in the first round of the Football Championship. Reyes has seen action in all 35 games over the last three seasons, including 24 straight starts.
The all-time leading scorer in Stony Brook history, senior Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) is the all-conference kicker. He was 60 of 62 on extra points and 11 of 15 on field goals in 2011. Skiffington hit a career-long 46-yard field goal against Lafayette and tied a Big South record with 10 PATs at Gardner-Webb.
After losing three straight games to start 2011, Stony Brook won nine in a row, including a 41-31 victory over Liberty, to claim an outright Big South Conference title. The Seawolves earned a three-point win over Albany in the first round of the Division I Football Championship before falling at Sam Houston State, the national runner-up.
2012 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Miguel Maysonet, RB, Sr., Stony Brook
PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Charles James, DB, R-Sr., Charleston Southern