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Alfred University’s Dwyer named ECAC North Rookie of the Year; AU has five all-stars in all

ALFRED, NY — Austin Dwyer (Hornell, NY/Hornell), a freshman tailback on the Alfred University football team, has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) North Rookie of the Year.

A First Team Empire 8 Conference all-star and the Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, Dwyer was joined on the ECAC North All-Star team by four teammates: senior offensive tackle Zach Morgan (Homer, NY/Homer), sophomore defensive tackle Mike Raplee (Dundee, NY/Dundee), junior linebacker Nick Clark (Canisteo, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood), and junior cornerback Roland O’Brien (Hoosick Falls, NY/Hoosick Falls). Alfred’s five ECAC all-stars were the most of any team in the North region.

Dwyer finished the 2010 season with a school-record 1,412 rushing yards and also ran for eight touchdowns. An Empire 8 Conference First Team all-star as a tailback and all-purpose runner and Second Team selection as a return man, Dwyer had 2,056 all-purpose yards.

Morgan earned First Team Empire 8 honors and was also a First Team East Region all-star and a Third Team All-American. He played on a line that produced 380 yards of offense (162 rushing, 281 passing). Morgan was responsible for allowing only one quarterback sack all season.

Raplee was a First Team Empire 8 all-star this season, and also earned First Team East Region honors and was an honorable mention All-American. He was second on the team with 87 tackles. His 18 tackles for loss led the Saxons and his six sacks ranked second.

Clark was the 2010 Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team conference all-star. He was also a First Team East Region all-star and a Third Team All-American. He led the Saxons in tackles with 112 and had 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks to go with three interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery. The Saxons’ short-yardage back, he ran for 121 yards on 37 carries and led the team in rushing touchdowns with 12.

O’Brien, a First Team Empire 8 all-star, was a First Team East Region all-star. He had 36 tackles and led the team in interceptions (eight) and pass breakups (13). At one point in the season, he had six straight games with an interception (including one returned for a score against St. John Fisher).

The ECAC will honor the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and Rookies of the Year for Division I, II and II at an awards banquet Feb. 17 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Alfred went 10-3 this year, winning the program’s first two NCAA playoff games before falling to second-ranked Mount Union on Dec. 4 in the quarterfinals (final eight) of the NCAA Division III championship tournament. The Saxons finished 13th in the final poll and 19th in the final American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) national poll.

AU went 5-0 in conference games and repeated as Empire 8 Conference champions, winning the conference title outright for the first time in team history. The Saxons’ 10 wins tied the 1981 team for the most in a season in school history.