Yamin Repeats as Defensive Player of the Year; 12 Mammoths Named All-Conference

Yamin Repeats as Defensive Player of the Year; 12 Mammoths Named All-Conference

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior defensive lineman Andrew Yamin was named New England Small Conference Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, headlining a 12-member Mammoth class of 2018 All-NESCAC honorees.

Along with the Player of the Year award, Yamin earned a spot on the First Team, one of eight Mammoths voted to the First Team by the conference coaches.

He is joined on the First Team by junior quarterback Ollie Eberth, running back Jack Hickey '19, offensive linemen Jack Tyrrell '19 and Jack Griffiths '19, linebacker John Callahan '19 and defensive backs Avery Saffold '20 and Nate Tyrell '19.

In addition, Amherst wide receivers Bo Berluti '19 and James Regan '20, defensive lineman Joe Kelly '21 and linebacker Andrew Sommer '19 were selected as All-NESCAC Second Team honorees.

Yamin is the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row and also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team defense for the second straight season. It is the third All-NESCAC accolade of his career as he was a Second Team defensive honoree in 2016. Yamin was the NESCAC leader in sacks with 9.5 this season. He added 46 tackles, including 17 for loss. Yamin is the first player to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year since Walter Fallas of Trinity achieved the feat in 2010 and 2011. Yamin joins former Mammoths Pat McGee (2001), Michael Taylor (2009), and Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn (2015) in earning the honor.

This is the first All-NESCAC accolade for Eberth who helped the Mammoths, who led the league in passing efficiency (139.5) and ranked second in passing yards per game (181.6 avg.). Eberth completed 58.7% of his passes and threw for ten touchdowns and just one interception.

Callahan was second on the team with 54.0 total tackles and had 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. Those picks came in critical games against Tufts and Williams. He was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week after a fumble-recovery and 65-yard return that led to a 2-yard touchdown.

Amherst senior Jack Hickey repeats as an All-NESCAC First Team running back. He rushed for 584 yards to rank third in the league in rushing and scored five touchdowns in the eight games he played.

Eberth and Hickey, along with Tyrell and Griffiths on the offensive line, helped the Mammoths record 3,502 yards of total offense this season. The linemen blocked for a rushing offense that ranked second in the league, averaging 204.9 yards per game. Amherst was also second in the league with 389.1 yards per game of total offense.

Amherst teammates Avery Saffold and Nate Tyrell represent the Mammoths among the defensive backs for the second consecutive season. Saffold, a junior, had four pass breakups, two interceptions and blocked a field goal this season to go along with 30 tackles. A senior, Tyrell had 19 tackles, including 15 solo, four pass breakups, and one interception. The duo helped Amherst force 14 turnovers this season and limit opponents to 10.0 points per game.

Berluti and O'Regan formed one of the most dangerous receiving duos in the NESCAC. Each of them averaged more than sixty receiving yards per game and hauled in four touchdowns on the season.

Berluti caught 44 passes for 610 yards, including a pair of scores in a 35-9 win over Colby. O'Regan hauled in 39 passes for 579 yards and found the end zone in four of the last five games of the year. He had three 100+ yard receiving days, including a 109 yard, 1 touchdown performance in the season finale win over Williams.

Sommer was the Amherst leader in tackles with 32 solo tackles and 58 total tackles. He also had 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and a pass breakup. Sommer's biggest play of the season came in his final game as a Mammoth, forcing a fumble against Williams and then scooping up the ball and returning it 50 yards for a touchdown.

Kelly grew into his role as a pass rusher this season, racking up 4.5 sacks for a loss of 34 yards. He was in on a crucial sack to help seal a 19-13 victory over Tufts and had solo sacks in wins over Hamilton, Colby and Williams. Kelly amassed 17 tackles on the season, 5.5 of them for a loss of yards.

The Mammoths finished the 2018 season with an 8-1 record and as the runners-up in the NESCAC. The senior class graduates with a record of 27-7 and a 2015 NE­SCAC title.