Maysonet named Big South Offensive Player of the Year, headlining nine all-conference performers
Nov. 22, 2011
Charlotte, N.C. -
After a record-breaking season, junior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) has been named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon. He headlines nine Seawolves to earn all-conference honors.
Maysonet’s second season with the Seawolves was outstanding. He rushed for 1,485 yards and 15 touchdowns, both single-season school records. He recorded eight 100-yard games, including a 194-yard effort against Lafayette and seven games with 140 or more yards. Stony Brook’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 27, Maysonet has totaled 2,613 yards in 22 games, which ranks fifth all-time in Big South history and third in school history.
Maysonet scored four touchdowns in a game twice this season, becoming the only player in conference history to do so. Having already broken the Stony Brook single-season record for yards, Maysonet is 16 shy of breaking the Big South record, held by former Liberty running back and current Jacksonville Jaguar Rashad Jennings.
Jackolski teamed with Maysonet to form one of the best 1-2 rushing punches in FCS. Jackolski, who rushed for 1,229 yards and 13 touchdowns, led a Seawolves rushing offense that ranked third in FCS (287.4 ypg). One of the best all-purpose threats in the nation (186.7 ypg), Jackolski also scored two receiving touchdowns and had a 90-yard kick return for a score.
Maysonet and Jackolski, who each rushed for a 1,000 yards last season, are the only pair of teammates to do so this year.
Jackolski earned All-Big South second team at kick returner for a second straight season.
After starting all 11 games at left tackle, Faiella started each game in 2011 at left guard. The transfer from Maryland keyed an offensive attack that led FCS in scoring average (39.6 ppg). The only upperclassmen on the offensive line, Faiella helped block for two 1,000-yard backs for a second straight season.
Senior Ryan Haber (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and sophomore Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.) make up the Seawolves’ first team defensive honorees.
Starting 33 straight games along the defensive line, Haber provided a strong presence from the edge. A preseason all-conference selection, Haber ranked among the team leaders in tackles for loss (7.0) and sacks (2.5). He stalled a Lafayette drive with an interception in the red zone, the second of his career.
One of the best linebackers in the conference, Dudley was all over the field for the Seawolves. Starting all 11 games, Dudley recorded two games with double-digit tackles. He had two sacks and a forced fumble against Lafayette in the red zone, which led to a Stony Brook score. The Seawolves’ second-leading tackler with 61 stops, Dudley also forced a fumble on special teams, which led to a touchdown. Dudley led Stony Brook with 4.5 sacks.
Junior Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) is the first team place kicker after connecting on 53 PATs and eight field goals for 77 points. He became Stony Brook’s all-time leader in scoring among kickers against Lafayette, and has 213 points for his career (123 PATs, 30 FGs). He tied a Big South record with 10 extra points against Gardner-Webb. During conference play, Skiffington was 39 of 40 on PATs.
Stony Brook’s lone representative on the second team offense is junior quarterback Kyle Essington (Chino Hills, Calif.). Essington took over as the starter against Presbyterian on October 8, and has not missed a beat. In seven starts, Essington has passed for 1,371 yards and 15 touchdowns against just one interception. He threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-31, title-clinching win over Liberty. Essington also was named to the All-Academic team.
Senior Roosevelt Kirk (Oakland, Calif.) and junior Dominick Reyes (Hesperia, Calif.) earned all-conference honors for the first time in their careers after being named to the second team. Kirk started all 11 games at nose tackle, ranking among the team leaders in tackles for loss (7.0). He registered a sack at VMI and recorded a season-high six tackles at Gardner-Webb.
Reyes, who made 53 tackles, played his best games on the biggest of stages. In the season opener at UTEP, Reyes forced and recovered a fumble deep in Stony Brook territory to end the Miners’ drive. In the victory over Liberty, Reyes made a season-high nine tackles, and forced and recovered a fumble against Liberty, stalling the Flames second-to-last drive.
The 2009 Big South Coach of the Year, Chuck Priore, who led Stony Brook to its first outright conference title, wins the award for the second time. The Seawolves, who are on an eight-game winning streak, started the season 0-3. A candidate for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the national coach of the year in FCS, Priore is 36-30 in six years at Stony Brook.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR