Ten members of the Hobart College football team were honored by the Statesmen Athletic Association and the Hobart Athletic Department at the annual Block H Dinner on April 27. Senior offensive lineman Ali Marpet earned the Bill Middleton Memorial Football award as the team’s offensive MVP, while senior defensive end Tyre Coleman won the Bob Toner Defensive MVP award for the third straight year.
Also receiving honors were senior wide receiver John Fasano, senior offensive lineman DeAndré Smith, senior outside linebacker Matt McGriff, senior fullback Dominique Ellis, senior wide receiver Troy Robinson, senior quarterback Patrick Conlan, senior tight end Mike Berkowitz, and first-year defensive end Patrick Sheppard.
The 2014 Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Marpet started all 13 games at left tackle not allowing a sack all season. The D3football.com All-America first team selection anchored an offensive line that ranked sixth in the nation in sacks allowed (0.69/g) and tackles for loss allowed (3.54/g). Marpet was a three-year starter and three time All-Liberty League first team selection. He was selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 61st overall pick, Marpet is the highest Division III student-athlete ever drafted.
Marpet also received the William C. Stiles ’43 Award for leadership determination and character.
The D3football.com National Defensive Player of the Year, Coleman started all 13 games this year. He logged 55 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and nine pass breakups. The three-time Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year led the conference and ranked eighth in the nation, averaging 2.1 tackles for loss per game. Coleman also sat atop the league and ranked 15th in the nation with 1.0 sacks per game. Coleman is one of only three Statesmen to produce 13 sacks in a season and the only one to do so three times.
In 46 career games, Coleman recorded 224 tackles, 94.5 tackles for a loss, 51 sacks, 16 pass breakups and 13 forced fumbles. The four-year All-Liberty League first team honoree was also tabbed a finalist for the Cliff Harris award. Additionally, Coleman was a co-recipient of the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award as Hobart’s most outstanding senior athlete.
The Robert L. Cullen ’37 Memorial Football Award was presented to Fasano. The wide receiver finished the season ranked fourth in the Liberty League with 914 all-purpose yards. Fasano pulled in at least two passes in every game, recording a team-high 35 reception on the season for 381 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a career-high six passes for a career-high 79 yards and a touchdown against Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Fasano returned 23 kicks for 484 yards this season for a net of 21.0 yards a return.
Fasano played in 37 career games for the Statesmen. He logged 60 career receptions for 797 yards and five touchdowns.
The Tryon Football Award was presented to Smith, as the team’s most outstanding lineman. A two-time All-Liberty League selection and a 2014 D3football.com third team All-American, Smith started all 13 games at right guard for Hobart. He did not allow a single sack all year and helped anchor the Statesmen line that paved the way for an offense that averaged 373.6 yards per game. Smith started in 38 career games for the Statesmen.
McGriff received the Mike Roberti ’90 Memorial Award for character, outstanding sportsmanship and the positive influence he had on his teammates. A leader and key contributor on special teams, he posted 15 tackles this season, including seven on special teams, second on the squad. McGriff logged one sack and had an interception against Curry. A captain, he played in 30 games in his career, recording 40 tackles, including two for a loss.
Ellis was one of two recipients of the Shirley A. Zornow ’47 Memorial Award. An All-Liberty League and ECAC North All-Star first team pick, he led the team and ranked second in the league with 10 rushing touchdowns this season. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry and rushed for a season-high 77 yards and two touchdowns in the first game of the season against Dickinson. The fullback compiled 82 rushes for 483 yards out of the backfield this season.
Ellis, a two-time All-Liberty League first-team selection was named to the BSN All-America third team in 2013. Playing in 43 games, he piled up 1,306 career rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.
Robinson was also presented with the Shirley A. Zornow ’47 Memorial Award. The Capital One Academic All-District and Liberty League All-Academic honoree played in 11 games this season. He finished fourth on the team in reception with 19 and receiving yards with 218.
Robinson played in 42 career games for the Statesmen, logging 56 receptions for 705 yards. In his four years, he racked up 1,225 all-purpose yards. Robinson is a member of the Druid Society and was a semifinals for the National Football Federation’s Campbell Trophy.
Conlan was given the Michael Theodore Silver ’39 Award for superior scholarship, sportsmanship, and perseverance. A 13-game starter under center, Conlan was named to the All-Liberty League second team and Liberty League All-Academic. He threw for a league high 2,091 yards, including a career-high 273 yards in the Liberty League championship clinching win at St. Lawrence. Conlan threw 17 touchdowns and ran for three more, including a pair of rushing TDs against Ithaca in the NCAA playoffs.
A two-year starter, Conlan played in 34 career games. He threw for 3,603 total yards and 33 touchdowns.
The Harter Family Award was presented to Berkowitz for his outstanding love of the game and desire to win. A captain, Berkowitz caught 19 passes for 185 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. He was named to the All-Liberty League second team and recorded a career-high four receptions for 25 yards and a TD at WPI. In 42 career games, Berkowitz made 45 receptions for 562 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Sheppard earned the Rookie Award for Football. He played in 12 games and logged 18 tackles, including one tackle for loss. Sheppard registered a season-high five tackles against Merchant Marine and logged three stops in the NCAA playoff win over Johns Hopkins.
Hobart posted its third straight undefeated regular season. The Statesmen notched a 22-15 win over Ithaca and a 24-21 win over #7/#6 Johns Hopkins to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. The four-time defending Liberty League champions, Hobart finished the season with a 12-1 record. The Statesmen climbed as high as seventh in both the AFCA poll and the D3football.com poll this season.