November 21, 2013

SEVEN COLONELS NAMED TO ALL-MAC FOOTBALL TEAMS

Tate Moore-Jacobs was named
First Team All-MAC at linebacker
for the fourth straight year
ANNVILLE, PA – Seven Wilkes University football standouts were named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference football teams Thursday as announced by the conference office.

Senior linebacker Tate Moore-Jacobs finished out his brilliant career with his fourth consecutive first team selection, while junior fullback Nick Dawson, senior offensive lineman Jake Jardel, and junior cornerback Omar Richardson all garnered second team nods. Freshman wide receiver David Claybrook, senior tight end Alex George, and freshman Jon Koslop all were named Honorable Mention by the coaches of the league.

Moore-Jacobs concluded his fine career in the Navy and Gold reaching the 100+ tackles mark for the third time in his four seasons at Wilkes.
He finished with 104 stops, ranking second behind the conference leader (116) averaging 10.4 tackles per-game.

He also caused havoc in opposing teams backfields totaling 10.0 tackles-for-loss and one sack. In pass defense, Moore-Jacobs also improved claiming one interception while breaking up four passes throughout the year. He finished his Wilkes career with 449 tackles, reaching double figure stops in 29 of 40 career games.

Dawson, a two-year starter at fullback, paved the way for a successful year on the ground for Wilkes. The Colonels averaged 171.9 yards per-game and 16 rushing touchdowns in ten games. Individually, Dawson finished with two carries for seven yards while catching two passes for 24 yards and one touchdown.

Jardel, a three-year starter at both offensive guard positions, was the epitome of consistency and toughness on the Wilkes offensive line. He played in 38 career games earning 29 starts over his four-year career missing just two contests over the four-year span.

Richardson enjoyed a breakout season in the Wilkes secondary this season, his second year starting at cornerback. Starting in all ten games, Richardson finished with a career-high 59 tackles and 3.0 tackles-for-loss. He also posted two sacks on designed blitzes while recovering and forcing one fumble.

He also picked off two passes, taking one back 78 yards for a score in the Colonels 38-16 win at FDU-Florham.

George made the move from quarterback to tight end in his senior year and the decision paid off for the Wilkes offense. The York, Pa. native posted 12 receptions for 120 yards averaging 10.0 yards per-catch. He recorded his first collegiate touchdown reception against cross-town rival King’s in the Mayor’s Cup game grabbing a 15-yard catch from Taylor Young off play-action.

Claybrook turned into one of the top playmakers in the league as a rookie. He finished with 39 catches for 608 yards and five touchdowns averaging 67.6 yards per-game receiving through nine games. He ranked in the top ten in receptions, receptions per-game, yards, and touchdowns.

Claybrook also showed his versatility by throwing for one score, a 65-yard touchdown to teammate Jonathan Conklin in the comeback win over Stevenson earlier in the year. He also used his feet to cause problems for opposing defenses rushing 15 times for 135 yards.

Koslop anchored the Wilkes defensive line which battled through injuries up and down the lineup throughout the season. He finished with 13 tackles and 3.5 tackles-for-loss while posting two sacks from his defensive tackle position. Koslop also forced one fumble and recovered one fumble on a Wilkes defense that caused 23 turnovers during the season.

Widener wide receiver Anthony Davis was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Frank Gaffney of Lebanon Valley was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year, and Widener’s Seth Klein earned Rookie of the Year status. LVC head coach Jim Monos was tabbed Coach of the Year after leading the Dutchmen to a share of the MAC title and an NCAA Tournament berth.

Wilkes finished the season with a 4-6 overall mark going 3-6 in MAC play including wins over FDU-Florham, Misericordia, and Stevenson.