Trinity's Chipouras Named NESCAC Rookie of the Year, 13 Bantams Make All-League

Trinity's Chipouras Named NESCAC Rookie of the Year, 13 Bantams Make All-League

Hartford, Conn. – For the fifth time in program history, the Trinity College football team produced the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year, as first-year RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) earned the honor as announced by the league office.  The league also announced the all-conference honorees as ten Bantams earned First Team All-NESCAC distinction and three players were named Second Team All-NESCAC.  Trinity, coached by Jeff Devanney (10th Season), finished the 2015 season with a 7-1 record after winning their first six games before falling to Amherst in a battle of unbeatens before beating Wesleyan to end the season. The Bantams finished second in the league after back-to-back fourth place standings in the two years prior.  

From the senior class, captain C Matt Porter (Chicago, Ill.), captain P/K Kyle Pulek (Cheshire, Conn.), DE Lyle Baker (Andover, Mass.), and CB Paul McCarthy (North Attleboro, Mass.), were joined by junior NT Matt D'Andrea (Darien, Conn.), junior DB Yosa Nosamiefan (Boston, Mass.), junior KR Darrien Myers (North Andover, Mass.), sophomore OT Chris Simmons (Manchester, Conn.), sophomore WR Bryan Vieira (Hull, Mass.), and sophomore ILB Liam Kenneally (Reading, Mass.) on the all-conference first team.  Senior DE Preston Kelly (Orange, Calif.), junior S Spencer Donahue (Naperville, Ill.), and Chipouras graced the all-conference second team.

Chipouras took over as Trinity's starting running back in week three and finished the year with 649 rushing yards on 138 carries for an average of 4.7 yards per carry.  He led the league in touchdowns with 12 and added 12 catches out of the backfield for 54 yards.  A graduate of Longmeadow High School who also took a post-graduate year at Williston Northampton School, he is the son of John and Laura Chipouras

Porter anchored the Bantam offensive line from his center position that helped Trinity ball carriers rush for 161.4 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry while yielding just 12 sacks. A four-year starter who moved to the middle from tackle this fall, Porter was named to the 2014 All-NESCAC Second Team a year ago.  He is a graduate of Morgan Park High School and is the son of Renata Porter and Donnell Bennett.

Pulek averaged 38.6 yards per punt (2nd in NESCAC) with a long of 61 and 15 boots dropped inside the opponents' 20-yard line.  He was also pressed into duty as a placekicker in the fourth game of the year and made five of eight tries with a long of 33 and all 10 of his extra-point conversions.  A four-year starter, Pulek is the first-ever Bantam named to four All-NESCAC Football First Teams, a 2014 All-East Region Third Team honoree and a 2014 ECAC Division III North All-Star First Teamer.  In his fine career, Pulek punted 170 times for a 6,720 yards (both College records) for an average of 39.5 yards per attempt (3rd-best all-time at Trinity) with a long of 61 and 56 boots downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.  He was also 6-for-9 kicking field goals and 13-for-15 on extra-point attempts for 31 points.  He is a graduate of Cheshire High School and is the son of John and Kathleen Pulek.

Baker, a two-time All-NESCAC First Team honoree, started every game and totaled 30 tackles (19 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.  He finished his fine career with 105 tackles (66 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 31 games.  A three-year starter, Baker is majoring in International Relations at Trinity.  He is a graduate of Andover High School and is the son of Kimberly Wayne and Bruce Baker.

McCarthy appeared in every game this fall for the Bantams as a starting cornerback and tied for second in the NESCAC in interceptions with five picks including one that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown.  He totaled tackles with 30 (20 solo) and added a team-high nine pass breakups (T2nd in NESCAC) and a fumble recovery. A two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree and a 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection, McCarthy finished his fine career with 57 tackles (39 solo), six interceptions, 17 pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in 21 games.  McCarthy is a graduate of North Attleboro High School and is majoring in economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Paul and Deb McCarthy.

D'Andrea started every game and made 18 tackles (11 solo) with two sacks, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery.  A graduate of Darien High School, D'Andrea is majoring in environmental science at Trinity

Nosameifan started every game at cornerback and had 24 tackles (19 solo) with seven pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick. He has also been a sprinter for Trinity's track and field team and is majoring in political science at Trinity.  Born in Lagos, Nigeria and a graduate of Boston College High School, he is the son of Chisa and Imina Nosamiefan.

Myers, who also started every game at wide receiver, led Trinity in all-purpose yards with 971 (121.4 per game, 4th in NESCAC) including a College-record 479 on kick returns.  He totaled 223 yards on 10 kickoff returns for a 22.3-yard average per return and 256 on 19 punt returns for an average of 13.5 yards per chance.  Myers scored two touchdowns on punt returns, one for 68 yards against Williams and another for 74 yards in a pivotal win at Middlebury.  He also caught 37 a team-high 37 passes for 411 yards and two more touchdowns and ran the ball 24 times for 87 yards this fall. A graduate of Lawrence Academy, he is the son of Tesha and Fev. Lyndon Myers.

Simmons, the 2014 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, helped Trinity ball carriers rush for 161.4 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry while yielding just 12 sacks in his eight games as a starting offensive tackle. A graduate of Manchester High School, he is the son of Millicent and Ernest Simmons.

Vieira started all eight games at wide receiver and finished third in the league in receiving yards with 658 (82.3 ypg) on 27 catches for an average of 24.4 yards per reception and three touchdowns.  A graduate of Thayer Academy, he is the son of Steve and Kathy Vieira.

Kenneally led Trinity and finished fifth in the NESCAC in tackles with 61 (38 solo) and added nine tackles for loss (8th in NESCAC), three sacks, three pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in eight games.  A graduate of Reading Memorial High School, he is the son of Sheila and Bill Kenneally.

Kelly started every game and recorded 30 tackles (19 solo) with eight tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery.  A three-year starter, Kelly totaled 68 tackles (45 solo), 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries in 28 games.  He returned a fumble 12 yards for his only career touchdown.  A graduate of Lutheran High School, he is the son of Joe and Shannon Kelly.

Donahue finished fifth on the squad in tackles with 34 (26 solo) and added three interceptions, six pass breakups, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble in eight games at safety.  A NESCAC All-Academic honoree in 2014, Donahue is a graduate of Neuqua High School, he is the son of Traci and Craig Donahue.

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