Maysonet named Big South Offensive Player of the Year, headlining nine all-conference performers

Chuck Priore is the Big South Coach of the Year for the second time

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.

Joining Maysonet on the first team offense are seniors Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) and Joe Faiella (Freehold, N.J.).

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.

QB - Mike Brown, R-Sr., Liberty
RB - Miguel Maysonet, Jr., Stony Brook
RB - Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
WR - Chris Summers, R-Sr., Liberty
WR - James Perry III, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
WR - Nathan Perera, Soph., Charleston Southern
TE - Tommy Shaver, R-Sr., Liberty
OL - Joe Faiella, Sr., Stony Brook
OL - Rob Bailey, Sr., VMI
OL - Jamie Dunaway, Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL - Malcolm Boyd, Jr., Liberty
OL - Max Travis, Sr., Presbyterian College

DL - Preston Pemasa, Soph., Gardner-Webb
DL - Ryan Haber, R-Sr., Stony Brook
DL - Brian Davis, Sr., Presbyterian College
DL - Matt Goods, R-Soph., Gardner-Webb
LB - Marty Patterson, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
LB - A.J. Gross, R-Sr., VMI
LB - Jawara Dudley, Soph., Stony Brook
LB - Andrae Jacobs, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DB - Justin Bethel, Sr., Presbyterian College
DB - Josh Norman, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB - Charles James, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
DB - Chris Kuzdale, Sr., Charleston Southern

PK - Wesley Skiffington, R-Jr., Stony Brook
P - Mike Larsson, Sr., Liberty
LS - Richard Wright, R-Soph., Liberty
KR - Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty
PR - Ricky Rhodes, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb

QB - Kyle Essington, Jr., Stony Brook
RB - Kenny Little, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
RB - Lance Byrd, Jr., Presbyterian College
WR - Pat Kelly, Jr., Liberty
WR - Matt Hazel, Soph., Coastal Carolina
WR - Tracy Hairston, R-Sr., VMI
TE - Jamie Childers, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL - Steve Demilio, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL - Jamey Cheatwood, R-Soph., Coastal Carolina
OL - Toney White, R-Sr., Liberty
OL - Tim Franklin, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL - Aaron Lundy, R-Jr., Liberty

DL - Asa Chapman, Sr., Liberty
DL - Roosevelt Kirk, Sr., Stony Brook
DL - Chris Thomas, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DL - Francis Bah, R-Soph., Liberty (tie)
DL - Derren Evans, Sr., Presbyterian College (tie)
LB - Nick Sigmon, R-Fr., Liberty
LB - CeeJay Harris, Sr., Presbyterian College
LB - Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
LB - Desmond Steward, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB - Byron Allen, R-Sr., VMI
DB - Walt Aikens, R-Soph., Liberty
DB - Dominick Reyes, R-Jr., Stony Brook
DB - Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty

PK - Trever Austin, Fr., Gardner-Webb
P - Patrick Morgano, Jr., Presbyterian College
LS - Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
KR - Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
PR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Soph., Coastal Carolina

Richard Mounce, R-Jr., QB, Charleston Southern
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina
Jamie Dunaway, Jr., OL, Gardner-Webb
Matt Bevins, Sr., K, Liberty
James Festa, Soph., OL, Presbyterian College
Kyle Essington, Jr., QB, Stony Brook
A.J. Gross, R-Sr., LB, VMI

Miguel Maysonet, Jr., RB, Stony Brook

Justin Bethel, Sr., DB, Presbyterian College

Donelle Williams, LB, Presbyterian College

Chuck Priore, Stony Brook

Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina