HADLEY, Mass. – Seven football players represented Amherst College on the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams, announced Tuesday morning by the conference office.
Seniors Avery Saffold and James O'Regan were voted by the league's coaches as First Team honorees. Saffold was honored on the defensive side of the ball at the defensive back position, while O'Regan was named to the First Team offense as a wide receiver.
Offensive linemen Dan Papa '20 and Brendan Coleman '20 and tight end Justin Berry '20 were named to the Second Team Offense, while defensive back Matt Durborow '21 and defensive lineman Joe Kelly '21 were selected as Second Team Defensive members.
O'Regan makes his third consecutive All-Conference team, earning a First Team nod after two consecutive appearances on the Second Team. The wideout from Wilmington, Massachusetts, led the Mammoths with 49 receptions, 797 yards and eight touchdowns. His 5.4 receptions per game and 88.6 yards per game were both second in the NESCAC, while his 8 touchdowns was third best in the conference. O'Regan had 95 or more receiving yards in five games this season, and caught touchdowns in seven different contests, including two scores in the season opener, a 27-13 win over Bates.
Saffold is now a member of the NESCAC First Team for the third consecutive year. He finished a stellar Amherst career with three more interceptions and five pass breakups, giving him five picks and 15 passes defended over his four-years.
The defensive back out of Chicago, Ill. made 27 tackles, 21 of them solo. He picked off two passes to help Amherst beat Tufts 26-16 on September 28th and blocked a kick in the win over the Bobcats on September 14th.
The team leader in tackles, Durborow recorded 56 stops this season, including 26 solo tackles. Durborow had two interceptions in Amherst's 34-31 double overtime defeat to Middlebury, including one on the seond play of overtime to give Amherst a chance to win the game. For his career, Durborow has three picks, 120 tackles and seven pass breakups.
Kelly is a second team defensive member for the second straight year. Despite missing three games, the defensive lineman posted 43 total tackles and was fifth in the NESCAC with five sacks, while also causing three fumbles, and recovering a pair of loose balls. Kelly, who led the Mammoths with 7.2 tackles per game, put up 11 tackles efforts in back to back games, including against Tufts, where he also recorded 2.5 sacks. He opened the year with forced fumbles in three of the first four games, and also broke up a pair of passes in a 24-10 win at Colby.
Papa, Coleman and Berry each make their first appearance on the NESCAC All-Conference teams. While Berry caught a pair of passes for 12 yards in the game against Middlebury, the trio are all key cogs in the blocking machine that helped Amherst to the third best rushing offense in the conference, averaging 166.6 yards per game. They also allowed only ten sacks from their opponents this year.