HADLEY, Mass. – The Amherst College football team had seven players garner All-NESCAC honors as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.
Offensive lineman Elijah Zabludoff '18 and wide receiver Devin Boehm '17 were both named First Team Offense, while defensive lineman Niyi Odewade '17 earned First Team Defense honors. Wide receiver Nick Widen '17 earned Second Team Offense, while defensive lineman Paul Johnson '17, and linebackers Parker Chapman '17 and Andrew Yamin '19 secured Second Team Defense praise.
A second team selection last season, Zabludoff earned first team recognition in 2016 after helping Amherst average 332.8 yards of total offense. The Purple & White racked up 100-plus yards on the ground in four games this season, including 197 yards in a 41-0 rout of Colby. Amherst also rushed for 170 yards in the season opener against Hamilton, and for 150 yards the following week at Bowdoin.
Boem was also a second team honoree in 2015 – improving to first team status following the 2016 season. A consistent playmaker for Amherst all season, Boehm hauled in at least six catches in all eight games this season, and led the NESCAC with 57 receptions and scored six touchdowns. Boehm twice hit the century mark for yards gained including a 141-yard effort in a tough, 27-26 loss to Middlebury during which he caught 11 passes, including a long strike of 71 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Odewade moved from the second team in 2015 to the first team this year. Odewade helped anchor a stingy Amherst defense that allowed just 238.9 yards of total per game, including a miniscule, 79.0 rushing yards per contest, and just 13.9 points per game. Odewade finished the 2016 campaign with 32 tackles, 4.5 sacks for a loss of 32 yards, and 9.5 tackles for a loss of 43 yards.
Widen was named Second Team All-NESCAC following a 41-catch 2016 season. Widen scored a touchdown, and totaled 391 yards, including a long reception of 56 yards.
Adding a second team all-league mention, Johnson completed his final season with 29 tackles, highlighted by a sack, and 4.5 stops for a loss of 11 yards to help a stout Purple & White defensive line.
Chapman led Amherst's linebacking unit with a team-high 66 tackles (37 solo), and averaged 8.3 tackles per game. He finished his senior season with two sacks for a loss of 15 yards, forced two fumbles, registered an interception, broke up a pass en route to Second Team All-NESCAC laurels.
Yamin was also an all-conference second team selection after notching a team-best five sacks for a loss of 40 yards, and a team-high 18 tackles for a loss of 81 yards. Yamin posted 60 total tackles in 2016, and broke up two passes.