Hartford, Conn. – Senior tri-captain C Joe Magardino (Chappaqua, N.Y.) was named to the Associated Press (AP) Little All-American Third Team, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III All-American Team and the USA College Football All-American First Team, repeated on the New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) Division II/III New England All-Star Team, and graced both the D3Football.com All-East Region First Team and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North All-Star Team. Bantam junior P Kyle Pulek (Cheshire, Conn. was named to the D3Football.com All-East Region Third Team and the ECAC Division III North All-Star First Team, while senior RB Michael Budness (Belchertown, Mass.) graced the ECAC Division III North All-Star Second Team as a fullback. The ECAC Football Awards banquet was webcast live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on www.ecacsports.tv.
Trinity, coached by Jeff Devanney (9th Season), finished the 2014 season with a 5-3 record after dropping its final three games of the season, the last two by one point apiece. For the second straight season, the Bantams finished fourth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings.
Magardino, also a two-time All-NESCAC First Team honoree, anchored an offensive line that produced the league's most potent rushing attack that averaged 208.6 yards per game. Magardino and the rest of the offensive line also surrendered just 11 sacks all season. The lone NESCAC football player to earn AFCA All-Americanhonors this fall, he is the son of Joseph and Christine Magardino.
Pulek, a three-time All-NESCAc First Team punter, led the conference with an average of 41.2 yards per punt, including a season-best 62-yarder against Middlebury on October 25. Pulek pinned opponents inside the 20 on 16 occasions. He is the son of John and Kathleen Pulek.
Budness, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and a first teamer this autumn, having helped Magardino and rest of Trinity's outstanding offensive line open holes for the Bantam ball carriers that rushed for over 200 yards per game four yards per attempt. Budness also had seven receptions for 83 yards and completed a pass for 28 yards. In his fine career, Budness rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 441 yards and five score. He is majoring in political science and is the son of James and Marie Budness.