November 24, 2009
Wiley’s defensive Player of the Year
Led by “Defensive Player of the Year” selection Bryan Wiley, the SUNY Cortland football team had 10 players named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference all-conference team.
Senior defensive end Wiley was among four Red Dragons named to the first team, defending champion Cortland finishing in third place this season. The Red Dragons finished 7-2 in league play and 7-4 overall, the season ending this past Saturday with a 34-20 loss at St. John Fisher in the ECAC Northwest Bowl.
Also named to the NJAC first team were senior defensive end Evan Wyler, senior wide receiver Eric Hajnos and senior offensive guard Chris Van De Weert.
Wiley was in on 74 tackles this season and 10 quarterback sacks, and was at his disruptive best with a 15-tackle performance in a early-season win over Rowan and a dozen tackles in a loss to league champion Montclair State.
Kean senior running back Jared Chunn was named the “Offensive Player of the Year,” an honor he also earned last year. He led the league with 1,088 rushing yards in the regular season, highlighted by a 246-yard performance in a win over William Paterson.
Four Red Dragons were second team all-conference selections, junior wide receiver Anthony Giuliano, junior linebacker Will Schroeder, sophomore cornerback D.J. Romano and senior punter Kyle Peterson. Junior running Dom Sair and junior safety Chris Hanlon were honorable mention choices.
Wiley earns All-NJAC honors for a second straight season, having been an honorable mention performer last season. Wyler made 68 tackles this season, including a team-highs of 41 solo stops and forced three fumbles.
Hajnos is the school’s single-season leader with 10 touchdown catches, his 23 career TD grabs sharing the Cortland mark. He grabbed 62 passes for 838 yards this season, with a season-best 12 catches for 220 yards in a 56-42 win at Brockport.
Van De Weert, the lone senior starter on Cortland’s offensive line, has helped the Red Dragons average 140.3 rushing yards and 323.4 total offensive yards per game. Cortland has also allowed only 15 sacks on 317 total passing plays.
Giuliano tied for second on the Red Dragon squad with 34 receptions for 351 yards and four touchdowns. He also has taken snaps in a variation of the “wildcat” formation, during which he has rushed for 226 yards on 50 carries and has throw two touchdown passes on only two attempts.
Linebacker Schroeder is Cortland’s second-leading tackler this fall with 82 stops. Ten of his tackles have been for losses, including 3.5 sacks, and he has registered two interceptions and two pass breakups.
Romano has made 54 tackles and led the Red Dragons with four interceptions. He has nine interceptions in his first two seasons.
Peterson is on the All-NJAC team for the second straight year, having been a first-team selection in 2008. This autumn, Peterson averaged 38.5 yards per punt on 52 kicks, and pinned teams inside their own 20-yard line 22 times.
Running back Sair led Cortland rushers with 803 yards and scored a team high 13 touchdowns. Safety Hanlon was in on 58 tackles and picked off a pass.
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