Jackolski, Faiella garner AP All-American

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Dec. 15, 2011

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Seniors Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) and Joe Faiella (Freehold, N.J.) each were named to the Associated Press All-America Team on Thursday afternoon.

Jackolski, who made the second team as an all-purpose runner, garnered his second All-America honor of the year, having been named to the AFCA FCS Coaches' All-America Team last week.

Jackolski's 2011 season will be remembered as one of the best in school and Big South history. He rushed for 1,418 yards, had 114 receiving yards, 55 punt return yards and 854 kick return yards, totaling 20 touchdowns. The 2,441 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns are Big South single-season records.

He recorded six games with more than 100 rushing yards and tallied more than 150 all-purpose yards in 11 of 13 games.

Jackolski set a conference record with five touchdowns in a 76-28 win over Gardner-Webb.

He's one of five players in Big South history with more than 4,000 all-purpose yards, accomplishing the feat in just two years. Including two seasons at Hofstra, Jackolski totaled 6,394 all-purpose yards, which ranks 16th in FCS history.

After starting all 11 games at left tackle in 2010, Faiella moved inside to left guard, and didn't miss a beat. He started all 13 games, blocking for two 1,000-yard rushers for a second straight season. Faiella, who joined Jackolski on the second team, earned first team All-Big South honors.

The Seawolves' ground game rushed for 200 yards or more in nine games this season, including a season-high 446 yards against Coastal Carolina. Stony Brook set a conference record with seven straight games of at least 40 points scored.

Stony Brook's scoring offense (38.0 ppg) and rushing offense (267.3 ypg) ranked second and fourth in the nation, respectively.

Stony Brook captured its first Big South Conference championship in school history in 2011, and followed that with its first postseason victory.