November 21, 2013


Anthony Davis - 2013 Football
Annville, PA – Junior All-America Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) was tabbed Middle Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and freshman Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA/Wilson West Lawn) was picked the league’s Rookie of the Year to highlight the 11 different players for Widener who were named all-conference.

Davis was named first team all-league at wide receiver and special teams.  Also named first team were senior linebacker Dylan Ditmer (Exton, PA/Downingtown East), senior safety Colin Masterson (Swarthmore, PA/Ridley), senior center Mike Pacitti (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) and sophomore defensive lineman
Shakore Philip (Bay Shore, NY/Bay Shore).

Second-team honorees included sophomore defensive lineman Stacey Sunnerville (Freehold, NJ/Freehold) and junior running back Couve LaFate (Wilmington, DE/Henderson).  Klein, senior defensive lineman Darius Johnson (Baltimore, MD/National Academy Foundation), senior wide receiver Jermaine Quattlebaum (Upper Marlboro, MD/Largo) and junior defensive lineman John DiBiase (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) were tabbed Honorable Mention all-league.

Davis, picked first team All-MAC for the third straight year, once again exploded this season even though many teams game-planned against him.  His natural talents and gifted ability again came through one year after he was tabbed second team All-America by the Beyond Sports Network, second team All-East Region by and ECAC South All-Region.  In his freshman campaign, he was second team All-ECAC South Region and third team All-East Region.

Among his numbers this season, Davis is fifth in the country with 9.1 receptions per game, 19th with 105.6 receiving yards per game, 21st with 10 touchdown receptions and 50th with 144.0 all-purpose yards per contest.  He broke the school’s single-season record with 91 receptions this year and also is fifth in team annals with 35 touchdowns, second with 5,035 all-purpose yards, third with 31 touchdown receptions, second with 187 receptions, tied for fourth with 2,711 receiving yards, first with 67 kickoff returns and first with 1,515 kickoff return yards.

This marks the second straight year Widener has produced the Offensive Player of the Year as Chris Haupt took home the award last season.

Klein stepped into the starting role this season and immediately blossomed, showing signs of a promising career.  He led the nation in completion percentage for three straight weeks and presently is third in the country at .744, fourth with 28.5 completions per game, 15th with 280.9 passing yards per contest and 50th with 267.8 yards of total offense per game.

Klein this season broke the school’s single season record with 285 completions and his mark of 2,809 passing yards is fifth best in Widener history.  He set a new school record September 14 against Lebanon Valley with 40 completions and his 392 passing yards that day is the program’s 12th-best mark.

He is the program’s first Rookie of the Year since Laquan Robinson in 2010.

Ditmer has been the model of consistency for four years, including the last three as a starter.  The second team all-league pick from last season is first in the MAC with four forced fumbles, tied for third with 13 tackles for a loss, tied for first on the team with 66 tackles and tied for third with three sacks over 10 games.  Ditmer last season led the Pride with 106 tackles in a 12-game season.

Like Davis, Masterson was a Preseason All-America and lived up to his high expectations in being tabbed first team all-league for the second straight year.  This season, he is tied for fourth in the MAC with three interceptions, fourth on the team with 54 tackles and first with eight pass breakups.  One year after a huge 64-yard interception return for a touchdown that changed course in a win at Lebanon Valley, Masterson returned a pick 59 yards for a score September 21 at Wilkes that turned around that contest.

Pacitti’s honor is his second straight first-team accolade after being picked second team in 2011.  After moving this season from left tackle to center, the three-year starter this season played a mammoth role in the offense sitting third in the country with a .733 completion percentage, 17th with 291.9 yards passing per game and second in the league with 439.7 yards of total offense per contest.

Philip worked his way into the starting lineup midway through last season and has not relinquished that role.  Among the key components to a solid line, Philip this year is tied for fifth on the team with 40 tackles and also has to his credit 3 1/2 tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Sunnerville took his place in the starting lineup late last season, proved in the NCAA Tournament that year he belonged and furthered his case as to why this season.  Despite only playing seven games due to injury, he closed the campaign third in the league with nine sacks, tied for third with 12 1/2 tackles for a loss and seventh on the squad with 39 tackles.

LaFate finally got the recognition he deserved after again was another impressive year.  He was the Pride’s leading rusher for the second straight year, this season ending with 537 yards on 96 carries to go with five touchdowns and 59.7 yards rushing per game.  LaFate on November 9 had a career-high 174 yards rushing against King’s, including a 91-yard touchdown sprint for the program’s longest run in 41 years.

It is tough to believe this is Johnson’s first all-conference nod, well deserved for the four-year starter who defines the word impact when it comes to the Pride’s defense.  With many teams keying on him and making sure he does not beat them, Johnson still ended with 29 tackles, six tackles for a loss and 2 1/2 sacks.

Quattlebaum came into this season with an important legacy after hauling in a crucial touchdown catch in last year’s de facto conference title game against Delaware Valley.  He added to that by sitting seventh in the league with 4.7 receptions per contest, second on the team with 407 receiving yards to go with two touchdowns.  Quattlebaum posted three games this season with at least seven receptions.

DiBiase played great in his second season as a starter and gave the defensive line three all-league picks.  He ended the campaign with 30 tackles, 5 1/2 tackles for a loss and three sacks for Widener, which was fourth in the league with 147.0 rushing yards allowed per game and fifth with 383.1 yards of total offense yielded per contest.

Widener (6-4, 6-3 MAC) this season posted its third straight winning season, its fourth consecutive non-losing campaign and fell short of sharing the conference title by one game.  The six victories this season from Bobby Acosta were the most for a first-year coach at Widener since Bill Zwaan went 7-3 in 1997.