December 12, 2013


"Davis has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s most prolific, dynamic and exhilarating players in Division III football."
Chester, PA – Widener junior wide receiver/returner Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) was tabbed first team All-America by the Beyond Sports Network and senior safety Colin Masterson (Swarthmore, PA/Ridley) was named Honorable Mention All-America.

Davis has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s most prolific, dynamic and exhilarating players in Division III football.  Even with teams adjusting their game plans to de-emphasize him, Davis still finds a way and he has helped Widener return to the ranks of the country’s elite.

This season, Davis also was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year to go with being picked first team all-league at wide receiver and special teams.  He 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.

Davis was picked first team All-MAC for the third straight season and first team All-East Region by 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.

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, third team All-East Region by and a member of the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. This season, he was 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.

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.