#Seawolves hold Grant Family Banquet
Dec. 9, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook football team officially closed the 2013 season at the Grant Family Banquet held at the Student Activities Center on campus Sunday night. Head coach Chuck Priore spoke about the season and handed out the team's awards.
The Ernest Owusu Offensive MVP went to senior Lyle Negron (Bakersfield, Calif.), who passed for 2,367 yards and accounted for 2,483 yards of total offense, which each rank second in the program's Division I history. In a 41-38 win over No. 25 James Madison, Negron recorded career-highs with 395 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Negron, who started all 11 games, tied a school-record with a 91-yard touchdown throw in the season finale against Albany.
Senior Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.) captured the team's Defensive MVP award. Dudley, a second team All-CAA selection, totaled 64 tackles, finishing his career with 265 tackles, which ranks third all-time in Stony Brook's Division I history. Dudley started 42 games in his four-year career.
Junior Christian Ricard (Spencer, Mass.) garnered the Ray Downey Special Teams MVP. The special teams ace, who led the Seawolves with 12.5 special teams tackles, posted 91 total tackles. A second team all-conference honoree, Ricard set a career-high with 17 tackles against James Madison.
Kenner led Stony Brook with 829 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Kenner, who did not record a carry until the third game, had four games with 100 or more yards, including a three-game span against New Hampshire, Maine and Richmond. He scored three touchdowns against the Spiders and posted career-highs of 35 carries and 151 yards against Albany.
Tye posed a match-up problem for opponents all season with his 6-3, 260-pound frame. The Florida State transfer caught 45 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns. He had three games with 70 or more yards, including a 95-yard performance at James Madison.
The Defensive Rookie of the Year went to redshirt freshman Jaheem Woods. He was second on the team among all freshmen (true or redshirt) with 23 tackles, including a career-high eight stops at Villanova. Woods, who added three pass breakups, also totaled 196 kick return yards.
Senior Matt Faiella (Freehold, N.J.) earned the Fred Kemp Award, given to the upperclassman who is dedicated to excellence on and off the field, while leading the team with pride and intensity. The Mark Motroni Award, which goes to the upperclassman who demonstrates great pride in the Stony Brook football program and consistently exhibits unselfish dedication to the team, was awarded to junior Mike Lisi (Franklin Square, N.Y.).
A special thanks goes to Alphonzo Grant '93, '94 and Isis Sapp-Grant '93 for sponsoring the dinner and Mark Motroni, Jr. '88 for sponsoring the awards.
Thanks to John Campolettano, Jr., Chuck Downey '89, Rajesh Kumar '98, John Ramsey, Blake Reed '92, Stu Sharoff '78 and Roberto Tillman '78 for sponsoring the student-athletes.