Maysonet named Big South Offensive Player of the Year
Nov. 20, 2012
Charlotte, N.C. -
Senior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) was a unanimous selection for Big South Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday. Maysonet highlights 12 all-conference honorees, including eight first-team picks.
Maysonet, who was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, recorded one of the best seasons by a rusher in recent history. He's totaled an FCS-best 1,721 yards and 156.45 yards per game. With 21 touchdowns this season (19 rushing, 1 receiving 1 kick return), he joins former standout Brock Jackolski '12 as the only players in Big South history with 20 touchdowns in a season. A candidate for the Walter Payton Award, given to the outstanding player in FCS, Maysonet posted six 100-yard games and two 200-yard games. In Stony Brook's 23-3 win over Army, Maysonet ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks later, Maysonet posted a career-high 233 yards in a win over Coastal Carolina.
Senior Kevin Norrell's (Los Angeles, Calif.) season will go down as one of the greatest in Stony Brook and Big South history. Norrell, who became the first player in school history to reach 1,000 yards in a season, owns the conference's single-season record for yards (1,291), yards per catch (21.5) and yards per game (117.4). He caught a career-high 214 yards against Charleston Southern and totaled three touchdowns in back-to-back games against Presbyterian and VMI.
Junior offensive linemen Michael Bamiro (Tobyhanna, Pa.) and sophomore Mike Lisi (Franklin Square, N.Y.) each started every game this season, blocking for a rushing attack that ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense (290.55 ypg) and scoring offense (39.09 ppg) and 11th in total offense (466.64 ypg).
Senior Jonathan Coats (Elmira Heights, N.Y.), who has started every game in his two years as a Seawolf, anchored the defensive line. A co-captain, Coats made 28 tackles, including six tackles for loss and two sacks.
One of the best linebackers in the conference, junior Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.) is a first-team selection for a second straight season. Dudley is second on the team with 67 tackles, and is among the team leaders in tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (3.0). His fumble recovery, the first of his career, in Stony Brook territory prevented a Syracuse scoring drive.
The quarterback of the defense, senior Dominick Reyes (Hesperia, Calif.) has been a mainstay in the secondary for the past four years. Reyes, who made at least 60 tackles for a third straight season, became Stony Brook's all-time leader in solo tackles against VMI. Among Reyes' season highlights was a game-saving fumble recovery at Coastal Carolina, the sixth of his career.
Senior Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) is Stony Brook's all-time leading scorer, regardless of position. He's third on the team with 75 points (48 PATs, 9 FGs) and is one of four players in Big South history with at least 40 career field goals. Skiffington, who is the FCS active leader in PATs made and attempted, is six points shy of breaking Matt Bevins' conference record of 309.
For a second straight season, senior Kyle Essington (Chino Hills, Calif.) is the second-team quarterback. Essington, the nation's leader in passing efficiency (175.8), passed for 1,910 yards and 22 touchdowns, totaling at least 20 touchdowns for a second straight year. He threw a career-high five TDs against Charleston Southern, and accounted for the second-longest pass play in school history with an 89-yard strike to Kevin Norrell against Central Connecticut. Essington also was named to the All-Academic team.
Junior Scott Hernandez (Fort Worth, Texas) earns his first all-conference honor. He started every game for a second straight season, protecting Essington's blind side. The 6-5, 300-lb left tackle has helped Stony Brook rank seventh in fewest sacks allowed.
Junior Davonte Anderson (Corona, Calif.) led Stony Brook with three interceptions and seven pass breakups. His interception at Presbyterian was the ninth of his career, which ranks third all-time in the program's Division I history. He's recorded 30 tackles this year, and had a fumble recovery and forced fumble.
Stony Brook's leading tackler, senior Cedrick Moore (Lakewood, Calif.), joins Hernandez and Anderson as first-time honorees. Moore has accounted for a career-best 41 solo tackles and 68 stops. His fumble recovery against Army was one of four that day as the Seawolves upset the Black Knights for their first-ever FBS win.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR