Chivers, Igwenagu, Ihne, Miles Earn CAA Academic Honors

Emil Igwenagu was one of four UMass honorees.

Emil Igwenagu was one of four UMass honorees.

Jan. 27, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. - Four UMass football players were named to the CAA Academic All-Conference Team for 2009. Senior offensive lineman Jared Chivers, sophomore H-Back Emil Igwenagu, junior offensive lineman John Ihne and senior safety Jeromy Miles were all honored for their academic and athletic accolades this past year.

All four players were starters or significant reserves who maintained a GPA over 3.00 over their entire college careers.

Here is the release from the CAA

Villanova linebacker Osayi Osunde, the 2009 CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year, headlines a list of 106 CAA Football Academic All-Conference honorees for the 2009 season.

Osunde, who maintains a 3.959 grade point average and is working towards his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development, helped lead the Wildcats to their first NCAA Division I Football National Championship in 2009.  The Bloomsburg, Pa., native was a 2009 Second Team All-CAA Football selection at linebacker and earned recognition from the Philadelphia Inquirer as an Academic All-Area Team member.  Now a three-time Academic All-CAA Football honoree, Osunde earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District honors during the 2009 season and was the Villanova Athletic Department’s Senior Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009.

Osunde finished his career as a three-time All-CAA Football selection, including First Team honors following the 2008 season.  Serving as one of Villanova’s three captains during the 2009 season, Osunde led a defensive unit which ranked  No. 3 in the country against the run and was among the Top-10 nationally in scoring defense.  Osunde finished the 2009 season was a career-high 82 total tackles and a career-best 7.5 tackles for loss.  In his four-year career the linebacker tallied 242 total tackles and made 18.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including five sacks.  The three-time Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team member was also awarded his second-straight Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year honor following the 2009 NCAA Championship season for Villanova.

CAA Football cited 106 student-athletes - 63 on offense and 43 on defense - as members of its 2009 Academic All-Conference team.

To be eligible for the CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team, a player must be a starter or important reserve and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00-or-better (on a 4.00 scale) for his entire academic career.  A transfer is not eligible unless he has completed one (1) full year at his institution.  First-year freshmen are not eligible.  Voting for the Student-Athlete of the Year honor is conducted by the 12 CAA Football Sports Information Directors from the 2009 season.

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Following is the 2009 CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team:



OFFENSE School Pos. Cl. Hometown/High School Major
Mark Mackey Delaware WR Jr. Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin Economics Education (Math)
Rob McDowell Delaware OL So. Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha Finance & Economics (Math)
Trevor Mooney Delaware TE Sr. Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills Economics (Pre-Med)
Will Nagle Delaware OL So. Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield Criminal Justice
Colin Naugle Delaware TE So. Reading, Pa./Reading Central Catholic Engineering Technology
Zack Reed Delaware TE/LS Jr. Huntington, Pa./Huntington Fitness Management (Strength & Cond.)
Justin Rodriguez Delaware WR So. Brockton, Mass./Sharon Finance (Entreprenurial Studies)
Mark Schenauer Delaware WR So. Galloway, N.J./Absegami Finance
Kevin Uhll Delaware OL Jr. North Wales, Pa./North Penn Chemistry
Brian Hanly Hofstra PK/P So. Wyckoff, N.J./Don Bosco Prep Biology
Jaren Harrell Hofstra OL Jr. Quartz Hill, Calif./Quartz Hill Psychology
Brad Hilovsky Hofstra WR So. Millsboro, Del./Sussex Central Broadcast Journalism
Roland Massimino Hofstra OL So. Lake Barrington, Ill./Barrington Mathematics
Anthony Nelson Hofstra WR Jr. Wellington, Fla./Glades Day School Business Economics
Anthony Polo Hofstra FB R-Fr. Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh Undecided
Brian Barlow James Madison TE R-Fr. Stephens City, Va./Sherando Kinesiology
Charlie Newman James Madison TE Sr. Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby Accounting
Dixon Wright James Madison PK So. Crossnore, N.C./Avery County Computer Information Systems
Steve Yakopec James Madison WR R-Fr. Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell Economics
Garrett Williamson Maine  OL R-Fr. Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Finance
Mike Brusko Maine  WR Sr. Zionsville, Pa./Emmaus Communications
Jared Chivers Massachusetts OL Sr. Dalton, Mass./Wahconah Regional Education
Emil Igwenagu Massachusetts RB So. Boylston, Mass./Holy Name Catholic Kinesiology 
John Ihne Massachusetts OL Jr. Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills Accounting
Chris Chandler   New Hampshire WR Jr. Wakefield, Mass./Bridgton Academy Earth Sciences
Kevin Decker New Hampshire QB So. Armonk, N.Y./The Brunswick School Communications
Chris Jeannot New Hampshire TE So. Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area Nutritional Sciences
Chad Kackert New Hampshire RB Sr. Simi Valley, Calif./Grace Brethren Kinesiology
Dan Larkin New Hampshire OL Sr. Rochelle, Park, N.J./Bergen Catholic Political Science
Tom Manning New Hampshire PK Sr. Rome, N.Y./Rome Free Academy Business Administration
Seth Price New Hampshire TE Jr. Grove City, Ohio/Grove City Psychology
Chris Zarkoskie New Hampshire OL R-Fr. West Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep Undecided
Zach Abrams Northeastern OL Sr. Sharon, Mass./Sharon Human Services
Jay Bornstein Northeastern TE Jr. Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan Pharmacy
Lloyd Clarke Northeastern FB Jr. Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park Finance & Insurance
Dan Duggan Northeastern OL R-Fr. Hyde Park, Mass./Boston Latin Criminal Justice
Kevin Newhall Northeastern OL Sr. Malden, Mass./Malden Criminal Justice
Greg Niland Northeastern OL Jr. East Bridgewater, Mass./Coyle-Cassidy Management Information Systems
Brian Palangi Northeastern OL R-Fr. Nahant, Mass./Swampscott Criminal Justice
Michael Farr Rhode Island OL So. Cornwall on Hudson, N.J/Navy Prep Business 
Louis Feinstein Rhode Island PK So. Irvine, Calif./University Business 
Matt Greenhalgh Rhode Island OL R-Fr. Chepachet, R.I./Ponaganset Undecided
Tom Lang Rhode Island TE Jr. Concord, Mass./Middlesex Communications 
D.J. Stefkovich Rhode Island QB Sr. Westport, Conn/Staples Business 
Greg Wicks Rhode Island WR Jr. Bedford, N.H./Tabor Academy Business Administration
Michael Silva Richmond OL Sr. Altamonte Springs, Fla./Bishop Moore Business
Chris Kondorossy Richmond OL Sr. Belle Meade, N.J./Montgomery Interdisciplinary Studies
Tyler Kirchoff Richmond RB Jr. Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield Business
Jonathan Mayfield Richmond WR Sr. Mocksville, N.C./Davie County Biology
John Laub Richmond QB So. Coplay, Pa./Parkland Undecided
Dominique Booker Towson RB R-Fr. Richmond, Va./Hermitage Business Administration
Casey Cegles Towson WR Sr. Long Beach, Cal./Eastern Business Management
Ben Hunolt Towson OL So. Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge Business Administration
Dan Hurley Towson OL So. Colonia, N.J./Bishop Ahr Political Science
Blair Peterson Towson QB Sr. San Antonio, Tex./Churchill Spanish
Brian Potts Towson QB R-Fr. Middletown, Del./Caravel Sport Management
Tyler Wharton Towson FB So. Lovale, Md./Allegany Actuarial Science
Tony Zaccarelli Towson TE R-Fr. LaPlata, Md./Westlake Criminal Justice
Angelo Babbaro Villanova RB Jr. Canfield, Ohio/Canfield Economics
Chris Whitney Villanova QB Jr. Warminster, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep  Accounting
Nick Yako Villanova PK R-Fr. Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius Business
Chase Hill William and Mary WR Jr. Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne Business
Andrew Topping William and Mary TE/LS R-Fr. Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River Undecided
DEFENSE School Pos. Cl. Hometown/High School Major
Andrew Harrison Delaware LB So. Richmond, Va./Highland Springs Civil Engineering
John Higginson Delaware DL Sr. Amherst, Mass./Amherst Finance (Economics)
Ed Wagner Delaware P Jr. Barto, Pa./Perkiomen School Sport Management
Chris Betz Hofstra  LB Jr. Chatham, N.J./Chatham Physical Education
Luke Bonus Hofstra LB Sr. Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee Psychology
Ronnie Cameron Hofstra DL So. Westbury, N.Y./Holy Trinity Information Technology
Keith Ferrara Hofstra DB So. Glendale, N.Y./St. Francis Prep Exercise Specialist
Said Gaida Hofstra LB Jr. Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield Management
Garrett Heron Hofstra DB Jr. South Orange, N.J./Columbia Exercise Specialist
Ray McDonough Hofstra DB Sr. Los Angeles, Calif./St. Francis Speech Comm. & Rhet. Studies
Matt Goff James Madison P Jr. Fairfax, Va./Robinson Kinesiology
Andy Smith James Madison P So. Remington, Va./Liberty Computer Information Systems
Donte Dennis Maine  LB So. Rahway, N.J./Rahway Sociology
Vinson Givans Maine  LB So. Cambridge, Mass./Cambridge, Rindge & Latin Sociology
Eric Lee Maine  DL Sr. Changewater, N.J./Warren Hills Child and Family Relations
Jeromy Miles Massachusetts DB Sr. Sicklerville, N.J./Winslow Kinesiology
Ryan Hinds New Hampshire DB Sr. Toronto, Ont./North Toronto Biology
Devon Jackson New Hampshire LB Jr.  Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown Business Administration
Kyle Maroney New Hampshire DL Sr. Brockport, N.Y./Brockport Electrical Engineering
Mark Petercuskie New Hampshire LB So. Holliston, Mass./Holliston Sociology
Rod Walker New Hampshire DB So. Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth Political Science
David Akinniyi Northeastern DL Jr. Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin Management
Jake Catlin Northeastern DB Sr. Ashburnham, Mass./Oakmont Regional Criminal Justice
Ron Conway Northeastern P/WR Sr. Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan Communications
Nate Thellen Northeastern DB Jr. Brockton, Mass./Brockton Criminal Justice
Jason Vega Northeastern LB Sr. Brockton, Mass./Brockton Criminal Justice
Devone Williams Northeastern DB Jr. Soutbridge, Mass./Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall Sociology
Kyle Elliott Rhode Island DL So. Cresskill, N.J./Cresskill Undecided
Willie McGinnis Rhode Island DL So. Norwich, N.Y./Bainbridge-Guiford Communications 
Matt Rae Rhode Island DL So. York, Pa./Dallastown Biological Sciences
Brandon Williams Rhode Island DL Sr. Bristol, R.I./Fitchburg State Health Fitness
Collin McConaghy Richmond LB Sr. Madison Heights, Va./Amherst Business
Brett Weigand Richmond P Sr. Pasadena, Calif./La Salle History
Patrick Weldon Richmond LB Jr. New Albany, Ohio/New Albany Accounting
Frank Beltre Towson DL R-Fr. Dover, N.J./Randolph Sport Management
Jeremy Gardner Towson DB Jr. Spotsylvania, Va./Courtland  Business Administration
Yaky Ibia Towson DL Jr. Reston, Va./South Lakes Actuarial Science
Armen Melikian Towson DL So. Durham, N.C./Charles Jordan Business Administration
Sean Morrissey Villanova LS Sr. Rockville, Md./Good Counsel Economics
Osayi Osunde Villanova LB Grad. Bloomsburg, Pa./Central Columbia Human Resource Development
Will Thompson Villanova LS Sr. Glen Arm, Md./Loyola Blakefield Accounting
Terence Thomas Villanova LB Jr. Plainsboro, N.J./Lawrenceville School Communications
Sheldon Alexander William and Mary LB Sr. Gordonsville, Va./Woodberry Forest Business
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