BOSTON, Mass. – Junior buck Andrew Yamin of the Amherst College football team has been named the recipient of the 22nd annual Joseph P. Zabilski Award, as recently announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
Implemented in 1996, the Joseph P. Zabilski award recognizes New England's top offensive and defensive players for Division II and Division III, with Yamin garnering 2017 defensive honors and Mike Breuler of Wesleyan earning offensive accolades.
The fourth Mammoth in program history to claim the award, and second in the last three seasons, Yamin joins Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn '16 (2015), Richard Willard '98 (1997) and Alex Bernstein '97 (1996) as the only Amherst players to receive the honor.
A native of Cheshire, Conn., Yamin was named the top DII/III defensive player in New England following an outstanding junior season in which he was also named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-NESCAC First Team. A dominant force on a defensive unit that led the conference in total yards allowed per game (271.6) and passing yards allowed per game (168.0), Yamin registered a league-high 13.5 sacks on the field this fall – second among the all-time NESCAC single season records. Wreaking havoc on opponent offenses, Yamin tallied a conference-leading 21.5 tackles for loss (109 yards), and chipped in 38 solo tackles to total 54 tackles on the year while also forcing two fumbles.
The Gridiron Club will honor all of the 2017 New England College Football Award winners at the club's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and can be ordered online at www.gridironclubofgreaterboston.com.
About the Gridiron Club, "Keepers of the Flame"
Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston (www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com) promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.