St. Louis, Mo., November 26, 2013 — Senior quarterback Eric Daginella was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Offense Player of the Year and senior defensive lineman Nelson Nwumeh earned Defensive Player of the Year honors to highlight 22 student-athletes on the 2013 all-UAA Football Team, as announced by the league office.
In addition, freshman wide receiver Hank Childs was named the UAA Rookie of the Year and head coach Larry Kindbom and assistant coaches Brian Allen, Jamie Corona, Brett Fischer, A.J. Haase, Marc Manning, Kerman Mason, Scott Mueller, Jim Ryan, Nick Sheehan and Dwight Tungett earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Daginella is the first quarterback and sixth player in school history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors. He was 156-of-313 for 1,547 yards and eight touchdowns, and also was third on the team with 365 rushing yards and six TDs. Daginella finished the season ranked second in the UAA in total offense (173.8 yards/game) and third in passing (140.6 yards/game). He concludes his four-year career ranked ninth in school history with 2,683 passing yards and was 13-4 in two seasons as the starting QB.
Nwumeh, a three-time all-UAA honoree, is the 10th player in school history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors. He led the team with four forced fumbles and 79 tackles, and was second in pass break-ups (six), and sacks (3.5). Nwumeh ranked first in the UAA games only in forced fumbles (two) and tackles for loss (six), and was third in sacks (two) and fourth in tackles (26). He made a career-high 10 tackles on three occasions, and finished his four-year career with 142 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
After catching just 10 passes in the first seven games of the season, Childs led the conference in UAA games only with 18 receptions for 116 yards and a TD. He caught a career-high 10 passes for 78 yards in the 9-7 win at Carnegie Mellon University Nov. 2. Childs finished the season second on the team with 28 receptions for 201 yards.
Washington U. had a conference-best 15 players named to the first team, including seven on the all-UAA defensive squad. Nwumeh was joined on the first-team defensive unit by junior safety Ryan Bednar, senior safety Tate Byers, senior linebacker Peter Lowery, sophomore cornerback Quincy Marting, junior linebacker Fade Oluokun and senior lineman Seth Wight.
The Bears had six first-team honorees on offense, highlighted by repeat all-UAA honorees junior wide receiver Tim Bartholomew, junior tackle Connor Meneough and sophomore tight end Mitch McMahon. Senior center Jon Levin, sophomore running back Cody Ratermann and senior H-back Colin Webb also earned first-team all-UAA honors.
Washington U. also had a pair of first-team honorees on special teams in sophomore kicker Alex Hallwachs and sophomore punter Alec Stanke. Hallwachs was a repeat selection after earning second-team accolades as a sophomore.
Earning second-team all-UAA honors on defense were freshman lineman Danny Nowak, senior cornerback Andrew Skalman and senior lineman Jeff Stoecker. Junior tackle Will Thompsonwas the lone WUSTL selection on the second-team offense.
Washington University was represented on the honorable-mention unit with three honorees: Childs, Daginella and junior running back Zach Lonneman.
Washington U. finished the 2013 season with an 8-3 overall record and made its second NCAA playoff appearance in school history. The Bears won their UAA-record 10th conference title with a 3-0 record, and ended the regular season on a seven-game winning streak.