Three Named To FCS All-New England Football Team
Dec. 1, 2011
BOSTON - Jesse Julmiste, Tyler Holmes and Julian Talley were each named to the 2011 Division I FCS All-New England Football Team as selected by the New England Football Writers. The trio also represented UMass on the All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team.
The team, which represents 12 schools, will be honored at the annual New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 8 at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Mass.
This year's squad boasts nine players making their second consecutive appearance on the team. The squad of 28 features 21 seniors as well as five juniors and one freshman, place kicker Chris Rodgers of Sacred Heart. Four conferences are represented, with the Ivy League and Colonial Athletic Association placing 11 players on the list. In addition, the Northeast Conference has five players receiving recognition, and the Patriot League contributes one as well.
Holmes led the way for the UMass defensive corps picking up his third career All-CAA honor and his second selection to the All-New England Team. He finished his career as a two-time All-CAA first-team selection after being named the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. As a sophomore in 2009, Holmes was a second-team All-CAA honoree.
For the 2011 season, Holmes led UMass with a career-best 118 tackles which included 69 solo stops, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 8 passes defended and one interception. The native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Holmes finished his career with 361 tackles in 38 games. That stands fifth all-time in program history just 4.5 tackles behind Vito Perrone. The 118 tackles in 2011 was a career-best for the true senior who posted 100+ tackles in each of the last three seasons.
Talley led all UMass receivers with 60 catches for 759 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his UMass career with 162 receptions for 2,090 yards. For the native of Winslow, N.J., he was a two-time All-CAA selection after earning Second Team honors in 2010.
All-time at UMass, Talley ranks 4th in career reception yards and 3rd in career catches passing Brandon London and Victor Cruz this season.
Julmiste earned national recognition for his kick return prowess in 2011. The senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., amassed 789 return yards and a pair of touchdowns. He set the UMass program record for kickoff return yards in a single game when he had 252 yards at Boston College. For his career, Julmiste posted 1,009 kick return yards which stands 7th most all-time at UMass. His season total of 789 yards ranks second all-time just behind Tim Berra who set the program record in 1973 (805 yards).
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