MARSHFIELD, Mass. - Several Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) student-athletes were honored by national organizations and media outlets in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and D3Football.com. In total six players were recognized, hailing from ECFC members Husson University and Maritime College.
John Smith (Fayetville, Ga.) earned AFCA Division III First Team All-American honors after a record-breaking season at Husson. His selection marked the first time in program history the Eagles had a player receive this honor.
The AFCA All-American team is selected by a committee comprised of three head coaches from each of the organization's eight districts.
Smith also headlined the D3Football.com All-East Region team as the only first team selection from the ECFC. Fellow Husson teammates in Brad Weston (Pittston, Maine) and Jean Gabriel (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned Second Team honors on offense and defense respectively. Quan Soyini (Manchester, Conn.) was recognized on the Third Team defense.
The teams, selected in balloting by East Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 321 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 77 players were chosen. Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 15, in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLV.