AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst College senior defensive lineman Niyi Odewade was named the Desmond "Tuss" McLaughry Award winner which goes to the top Western Mass. collegiate student-athlete.
Odewade's success on the field and in the classroom, has earned him the Desmond "Tuss" McLaughry Award, which recognizes the top Western Mass. collegiate student-athlete. He will receive the award on Sunday, April 9 at the National Football Foundation's annual awards banquet at the UMass Campus Center Auditorium.
Those interested in purchasing tickets for the event should call the American International College Athletic office at (413) 205-3939. Tickets are $25.
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A chemistry major on a pre-med track, Odewade was a force for Amherst during his four-year career on the field. Helping lead the the Mammoths to a near perfect 23-1 record in his first three seasons which included three NESCAC titles, Odewade finished his collegiate tenure with a 27-5 overall record.
Named a First Team All-NESCAC Defense selection in 2016, 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 his senior campaign with 32 tackles, 4.5 sacks for a loss of 32 yards, and 9.5 tackles for a loss of 43 yards.
A native of Newark, N.J., Odewade was also named to the 2016 Capital One Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District first team.
To be eligible for Academic All-America ® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings, and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. Amherst's senior standout defenisve lineman was one of just 92 student-athletes across all divisions to be recognized on the District 1 first team.