Collecting numerous post-season awards after his record-breaking rushing effort in 2010, Shea Dwyer '10 (#5, main photo) picked up another prestigious honor Sat., Dec. 18 as he was named third-team All-American by D3football.com. This announcement came in conjuction with the Stagg Bowl begin played in Salem, Va. between Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater. Ten days earlier, D3football.com announced its regional all-star squads. Dwyer, a Gagliardi Trophy finalist (top-10) to go with first-team all-NESCAC, ECAC Division III North all-star, and first-team New England Football Writers Association all-star, was a first-team East Region selection. There are 64 teams listed in the East Region. Also named to the East Region first-team was Wesleyan center Nick Seara '11 (#60, photo insert lower right). He, too, was well-decorated in 2010, having received first-team all-NESCAC honors along with CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District I academic All-America laurels. He was a two-time academic all-NESCAC choice as well. Wesleyan was the only college to have two first-team selections on the D3football.com East Region offensive squad.
Details of earlier seasonal awards earned by Cardinal football squad members are chronicled on a previous story and can be seen by clicking < here >. The entire D3football.com All-America squad can be viewed by clicking < here >. In total, three NESCAC players graced the D3football.com All-America list.
In May, 2011, the National Football Foundation announced the 671 members of the Hampshire Honor Society, which recognizes players in the their final year of eligibility who have made significant contributions to their team during the season and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. Dwyer and Seara both qualified for this team, joined by outstanding receiver and kick-returner Pete Modera '11.
In addition, team captains have been selected for the 2011 campaign. DB Justin Freres '11, a two-time all-NESCAC performer who will be returning as a graduate student next fall, has been named a team quad-captain. He also served as a 2010 team tri-captain. Joining him in 2011 are all-NESCAC linebacker and three-year starter Cyprian Oyomba '12, two-year staring DB Jordan Greene '12 and QB Matt Coyne '12, who transfered from Williams this past fall and had an immediate impact as the Cardinals' starting signal caller in 2010.