Brown and Morman Earn UAA Player of the Year Honors
St. Louis, Mo., November 23, 2010 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team had 22 student-athletes named to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) Team, as announced today by the league office.
Senior defensive back Brandon Brown earned UAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades, becoming the ninth player in school history to earn the honor. In addition, junior punter Austin Morman picked up UAA Co-Special Teams Players of the Year honors.
Senior running back Jim O’Brien led a group of two Bears who were named to the first-team offensive unit. O’Brien led the team and the Association with 856 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns, and became the Bears’ all-time rushing leader with 2,529 yards. Joining O’Brien on the first team was junior tight end Phill Stoecker, who caught 10 passes for 100 yards.
Brown led four student-athletes who were named first-team defense. Brown, who started all 40 games in his career, made 40 tackles and had two interceptions as a senior. He also led the team and was tops in the UAA with 16 passes defended. Senior defensive end Greg Larson was a first-team selection after ranking second in the UAA with 14.5 tackles for loss and sixth in sacks (six). Junior linebacker Kyle Larkin was second on team and seventh in UAA with 66 tackles, while freshman safety Scott O’Brien was tied for the team lead with two interceptions and fourth on the squad with 54 tackles.
Brown was a first-team performer on special teams as a punt returner, after leading the conference and ranking 51st in Division III, averaging 9.4 per return. Morman was also a first-teamer on special teams, ranking second in the conference and 11th in Division III averaging 40.8 per punt.
Washington University was also well represented on the second-team defense, garnering a conference-best six honorees: junior center Joe Rhein, senior wide receiver Tom Gulyas, junior offensive guard Matt Hasmonek, junior offensive tackle Jake Lewis, sophomore wide receiver Drew Sexton and senior quarterback Stephen Sherman.
On defense, the Bears had three student-athletes named to the second team: sophomore defensive tackle William Small, junior linebacker Nick Hillard and senior linebacker Kyle Huber.
Earning honorable-mention honors on offense were senior H-back Sam Kentor and senior offensive lineman David Mackey, while freshman defensive back Tate Byers, senior defensive lineman John Schneider and senior defensive back Nick Vom Brack picked up honorable-mention honors on defense. Sophomore kicker Eric Chalifour was the lone Washington U. recipient on the honorable-mention special teams unit.
Washington University finished the 2010 season with a 7-3 overall record and placed second in the UAA with a 2-1 record.