Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College football senior Clifford David (Ambler, Pa.) was selected to represent the Bantams on the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Society and joined juniors Matthew LaPorta (Ridgefield, Conn.), Sameir Madden (Norristown, Pa.), Steven O'Reilly (Topsfield, Mass.), Nick Rose (Arlington, Mass.), and Bradley Whitman (Salisbury, Mass.) and sophomores Josh Brito (Wayland, Mass.), Matthew Evans (Whitman, Mass.), Dan McKeeney (Westwood, Mass.), Daniel Negron (Hartsdale, N.Y.), and Kimball Winans (Los Angeles, Calif.) on the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Fall All-Academic Team. David was also selected to represent Trinity football on the 2017 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team. The Bantams, coached by Jeff Devanney (12th season), repeated as NESCAC Champions this fall with an 8-1 record.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high 1,251 players from a record-tying 302 schools qualified for membership in the society's 12th year. To receive NESCAC All-Academic honors, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be in good standing on their team with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.
David, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, caught 10 passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns as a fullback/tight end for the Bantams in 2017. He finished his career with 13 grabs for 164 yards and three scores in 17 games. A graduate of Germantown Academy, David is majoring in public policy & law and urban studies at Trinity. He is the son of Patricia and Clifford David.
LaPorta, who repeats on the NESCAC All-Academic squad, caught one pass for nine yards as a wide receiver for the Bantams in 2017. A graduate of Kent School, he is the son of Lawrence and Catherine LaPorta. Madden totaled 24 tackles (18 solo) with two tackles for loss and two interceptions as a starting safety for the Bantams in 2017. A graduate of Springside Chestnut Hill School, Madden is majoring in biology at Trinity. He is the son of Junior and Yvette Madden. O'Reilly was Trinity's starting center in 2017, helping the Bantams rush for 191.9 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry while yielding just 14 sacks in nine games. A graduate of Masconomet High School, O'Reilly is majoring in history and religious studies at Trinity. He is the son of Steven and Andrea O'Reilly.
Rose, a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, totaled 17 tackles (nine solo), two tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery in his second season as a starting defensive end for the Bantams in 2017. A graduate of Arlington High School, he is the son of Patrick and Christine Rose.
Whitman, who also plays baseball for the Bantams, completed two pass attempts in as many attempts for 28 yards and a touchdown as a backup quarterback for the Trinity football squad. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree in baseball and football, Whitman is a graduate of Triton High School. He is the son of Deborah Hamel and Jeff Whitman.
Brito played in four games and made three tackles as a defensive lineman for the Bantams. He is a graduate of Wayland High school and is the son of Maria Abreu and Herman Brito. Evans was a reserve lineman for the Bantams in 2017. A graduate of Whitman-Hanson High School, Evans is majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Mary Lou and Thomas Evans. McKeeney was a reserve linebacker for the Bantams in 2017. He is a graduate of Xavierian Brothers High School and is the son of son of Janet and Daniel McKeeney.
Negron played in six games, made six tackles, and broke up a pass as a backup Bantam linebacker. He is a graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School and is the son of Donna and Hector Negron. Winans made both is PAT attempts as a backup placekicker for the Bantams in 2017. A graduate of Brentwood High School, Winans is majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Tara and Robert Winans.
NFF Hampshire Society information
NESCAC All-Academic information
NESCAC All-Sportsmanship information