Football holds annual awards banquet
Dec. 12, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook's football team officially ended the season with the 2011 Grant Family Football Banquet. Head coach Chuck Priore handed out individual awards as well as announcing the Seawolves' 2012 captains.
The Ernest Owusu Offensive MVP went to senior Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.). Jackolski totaled 2,441 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns, both single-season records in Big South history. He rushed for 1,418 yards and 16 touchdowns, and recorded six games with more than 100 yards rushing.
Sophomore Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.) was named the team's Defensive MVP. Starting all 13 games, he had two sacks and a forced fumble against Lafayette in the red zone, which led to a Stony Brook score. The Seawolves' second-leading tackler with 71 stops, Dudley also forced a fumble on special teams, which led to a touchdown against VMI. Dudley led Stony Brook with 4.5 sacks.
Jackolski also earned the Ray Downey Special Teams MVP. Jackolski was sixth in FCS in kickoff returns (29.45), totaling 854 yards. He recorded a 94-yard kick return for a touchdown, and made tackles on kick and punt return coverage.
The Offensive Rookie of the Year went to freshman Mike Lisi (Franklin Square, N.Y.). Lisi started 12 of 13 games as the only true freshman to see significant time for the Seawolves. He blocked for a scoring offense that ranked second in FCS (38.0 ppg), a rushing attack that ranked fourth (267.31) and a total offense that ranked eighth (441.62).
Junior Dan Mulrooney (Prospect, Conn.) was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Mulrooney, a transfer from Boston College, led Stony Brook with 75 tackles and three fumble recoveries. He was named Big South Player of the Week after posting eight tackles, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and an interception against Lafayette.
Senior Joe Faiella (Freehold Township, N.J.) earned the Fred Kemp Award, given to the upperclassman, who is dedicated to excellence on and off the field, while leading the team with pride and intensity. The Mark Motroni Award, which goes to the upperclassman, who demonstrates great pride in the Stony Brook football program and consistently exhibits unselfish dedication to the team, was awarded to senior Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Calif.).
A special thanks to Alphonzo Grant '93, '94 and Isis Grant '93 for sponsoring the dinner, and to Chuck Downey '88 for sponsoring the awards.
Thanks to Kyle Brown '07, Robert Carley '77, John Campolettano, Jr., the Famulari Family, Paul Klyap '88, Dan Michitsch '07, Mark Motroni, Jr. '88, Craig Perrino '93, John Ramsey, Richie Richards '07, '09, Stu Sharoff '81, Brent Spinieo '94, Roberto Tillman '78 and Tony Thompson '97 for sponsoring the student-athletes.