Washington University Lands 24 Student-Athletes on All-UAA Football Team
St. Louis, Mo., November 21, 2012 — Washington University in St. Louis had 24 student-athletes named to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) Football Team, as announced by the league office.
In addition, head coach Larry Kindbom and assistant coaches Brian Allen, Jamie Corona, Brett Fischer, Sam Horrell, Michael Marsh, Kerman Mason, Scott Mueller, Jim Ryan and Dennis Snep earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Washington University had nine players named to the first team, including a conference-best six on the All-Association defensive squad. Junior safety Tate Byers, junior linebacker Peter Lowery, junior defensive lineman Nelson Nwumeh, sophomore linebacker Fade Oluokun, junior cornerback Andrew Skalman and senior defensive lineman William Small were named to the first-team defensive unit.
Byers, who earned all-UAA honors for the third time in his career, was third on the team with 56 tackles, and added five pass break-ups, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 0.5 sacks. He also led the conference in fumbles recovered (three) and tied for first in interceptions in league games only (two).
Lowery picks up all-UAA accolades for the first time in his career after finishing second on the team and fifth in the UAA with 68 tackles. He also was second on the squad with six tackles for loss.
Despite playing in the final five games of the season, Nwumeh made his presence felt with 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. An honorable-mention all-UAA honoree in 2011, Nwumeh’s 2.5 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss in conference play were second most in the league.
Oluokun joins Lowery as a first-time all-UAA honoree after leading the team and ranking seventh in the league with 70 tackles. He also chipped in with five pass break-ups and 3.5 tackles for loss.
Skalman started all 10 games for the Bears and led the squad in interceptions (five) and passes defended (19). He led the league and was second in Division III in passes defended. Skalman was also second in the UAA in interceptions and 48th in NCAA Division III.
A three-time all-UAA honoree, Small led the team in tackles for loss (nine), sacks (5.5) and forced fumbles (three) and was tied for fourth with 41 tackles. He finished his senior campaign first in the UAA in forced fumbles, second in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss. Small’s career stats include 98 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.
Senior fullback Trevor LaBarge and senior wide receiver Drew Sexton were the two selections for Washington University on the first-team offense.
LaBarge earns all-UAA honorees for the third-straight season after picking up second-team honors for Case Western Reserve University in 2010 and Washington U. in 2011. He started all 10 games for the Bears this season and was the team’s second leading receiver with 26 receptions for 285 out of the backfield. He finished 10th in the conference in both receptions and receiving yards. LaBarge had 33 receptions for 355 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons on the Danforth Campus.
Sexton also picks up all-UAA accolades for the third-straight season after earning second-team honors in 2010 and 2011. He led the team with 41 catches for 502 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. Sexton was second in the league in receptions per game (4.1) and third in receiving yards per game (50.2). He concludes his career with 93 receptions for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns.
Senior Eric Chalifour was chosen as first-team all-UAA at punter after picking up honorable-mention all-UAA honors in 2010 and second-team accolades in 2011 at kicker. He was part of the Washington U. punt team that was second in the UAA and 42nd in Division III in net punting (34.34). Chalifour was third in the UAA in punting (38.4) with 14 punts landing inside the 20 with a career-long of 65.
Earning second-team all-UAA honors on offense were sophomore wide receiver Tim Bartholomew, senior running back Chris Castelluccio, junior quarterback Eric Daginella, sophomore offensive tackle Connor Meneough and senior offensive guard Tim Thannum.
On defense, sophomore safety Cody Deterding, freshman linebacker Matt Goad, sophomore cornerback Chris Seager and junior defensive lineman Seth Wight earned second-team all-UAA accolades. Freshman kicker Alex Hallwachs was the lone second-team all-UAA honoree on special teams for Washington U.
Washington U. was also represented on the honorable-mention unit with five honorees: freshman tight end Max Elliott, sophomore wide receiver Ryan Lubatkin, freshman tight end Mitch McMahon, junior punt/kick returner Michael McGovern and sophomore offensive tackle Will Thompson.
Washington University finished the 2012 season with a 5-5 overall record and ended the season on a four-game winning streak. The Bears won their ninth University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship with a perfect 3-0 record.