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CAPE COD, Mass. -- Middlebury College junior quarterback Donald McKillop has been chosen as the 2009 ECAC Division III Northeast Football Player of the Year. McKillop led the Panthers to a 5-3 mark this season. The junior quarterback had a record-breaking season, ending the year with Middlebury and NESCAC single-season records for completions (262), attempts (405), yards (2873), touchdown passes (22), and total offense (2967 yards). He also holds all ten Middlebury single-season and career passing records as a junior. McKillop is currently ranked first in the nation in completions/game with 32.75, while ranking second with 359.1 passing yards/contest. The junior was second on the team with 94 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns on the ground. He also holds Middlebury single-game records for completions (47), attempts (74) and yards (438). McKillop was the 2007 ECAC Division III Northeast Rookie of the Year.

Tom Pongia, freshman linebacker from Gallaudet, has been chosen as the 2009 ECAC Division III Northeast Rookie of the Year. An ECFC first team member, the freshman helped the Bison to the 11th best defense in Division III and the top defense in the conference. He is tied for the lead in the conference for tackles by a freshman with 66, which ranks 12th overall. Pangia is also ninth in the ECFC for tackles for loss (0.70 per game) with 15 yards. He made a season-high 13 tackles against Castleton State and Catholic and recorded two interceptions in ten starts. Amherst and Westfield State both placed four players on the ECAC Northeast team, leading all schools in the region.

The ECAC will honor the players and rookies of the year in each Division and region in February at the annual Eastern College Football Awards Banquet presented by FieldTurf, an event held in the Pegasus Restaurant at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.


2009 ECAC DIVISION III NORTHEAST ALL-STARS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Donald McKillop Jr. QB Middlebury

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Tom Pongia Fr. LB Gallaudet

OFFENSE
Donald McKillop Jr. QB Middlebury
DeRon Brown Sr. RB MIT
Johrone Bunch So. RB Mount Ida
Patrick Noone So. WR Bowdoin
Carlos De La Rose Jr. WR Fitchburg
Sean Wirth Sr. TE Bates
Zac Duval Sr. OL Plymouth State
Jeff Smith Sr. OL Bridgewater St.
Justin Brooks Sr. OL Coast Guard
Wyatt Moss Sr. OL Amherst
Brandt Genga Sr. OL Nichols

DEFENSE
Edwin Urey Sr. DL Amherst
Kevin Eagan So. DL Endicott
Reza Afsarmanesh Sr. DL Norwich
Mike Taylor Sr. LB Amherst
Scott Driscoll Sr. LB Curry
Tom Pangia Fr. LB Gallaudet
Travis Fergola Sr. LB Maine Maritime
Fred Argir Sr. DB Amherst
Donovan Brown Sr. DB Norwich
Josh Mathieu Sr. DB Westfield St.
Nick Leverone Sr. DB Westfield St.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Tim Costello So. K Trinity
Chris Stengel Jr. P Westfield St.
Anthony Kewley Sr. RS Framingham

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