PITMAN, N.J. (11/17/17)- Senior Darin Hungerford has been named the Sam Mills Defensive Player of the Year as the Kean University football team earned 12 All-NJAC selections. Hungerford was named to the first team defense along with fellow classmate David Jimerson II. The first team offense recognized senior Brian Matthews and junior Chris Vurchio. Senior Damian Corredor rounded out the first team selections after being named to the special teams category.
The second team offense boasted three selections with seniors Charles App, Ben Guarino, and Dante Focarelli. Junior Nick Sachs earned a second team defense selection, while junior Kyle Rooney, senior Marquis Oliver and fellow classmate Chris Weber were named to honorable mention.
Hungerford becomes just the second player in program history to earn the conference's top defensive honor and the first since Steve Skakum in 2004. The senior makes his second straight appearance on the first team defense. A two-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Week, Hungerford finished with 124 tackles, 80 solo tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He currently leads the NJAC in tackles per game (12.4) and total tackles. He is ranked third nationally in solo tackles, seventh in total tackles and 28th in tackles for a loss. During the season, he broke his own school record for tackles in a game with 25 against nationally ranked Frostburg State on Nov. 4th.
Jimerson earns his first overall selection after finishing with 25 tackles, 20 solo tackles, two sacks and two interceptions in eight contests.
Matthews makes his first selection on the first team and his second overall appearance after being named to the NJAC second team in 2016. Matthews rushed for 704 yards on 140 carries and totaled five touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, he collected 141 yards on 17 receptions and two touchdowns. The Roselle Park, N.J. native ranked second in the NJAC in rushing, sixth in all-purpose yards, seven in touchdowns and 10th in total offense.
Vurchio earns his first overall selection after starting all 10 games on the offensive line for the Cougars. He helped Kean's offense rank top five in the NJAC in scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense, passing offense and passing efficiency.
Corredor makes his fourth overall appearance and the second on the All-NJAC first team. He finished with 861 all-purpose yards, including 440 yards on the ground, 76 yards through the air, 284 yards on kickoff returns and 61 yards on punt returns. A one-time NJAC Offensive Player of the Week, he ranked fourth in the NJAC in all-purpose yards.
App earns his first overall appearance after collecting 1,722 yards of total offense, including throwing for 1,667 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Staten Island native currently ranks fifth in the NJAC in passing yards per game (166.7), passing efficiency (132.7) and total offense.
Guarino makes his first overall appearance after finishing with 469 yards on 32 receptions and five touchdowns in 10 contests. The Caldwell, N.J. native led all Cougar receivers in receptions, yards, touchdowns and yards per game.
Focarelli earns his first overall selection after starting all 10 games on the offensive line for the Cougars. He helped Kean's offense rank top five in the NJAC in scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense, passing offense and passing efficiency.
Sachs makes his first overall selection after finishing with 32 tackles, 17 solo tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, a half a sack, and a forced fumble.
Rooney earns his first overall selection after ranking third on the team in receptions (24), yards (221), touchdowns (2) and yards per game (22.1).
Oliver makes his first overall selection after totaling 25 tackles, 14 solo tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Weber earns his first overall selection after totaling 30 tackles, 17 solo tackles, four tackles for loss, four sacks, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.