MEDFORD - Seven Tufts University football players received honors as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) released its 2017 All-Conference awards today.
Three Jumbos took home All-NESCAC first team honors including junior offensive lineman Tim Reitzenstein, senior defensive end Micah Adickes and sophomore linebacker Greg Holt. Senior offensive lineman Liam Thau, senior defensive tackle Doug Harrison, senior defensive end Zach Thomas and sophomore defensive back Tim Preston earned spots on the All-NESCAC Second Team for head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos.
Adickes was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line this season and was selected for his third straight All-Conference honor. He was a second team pick in both 2015 and 2016. He finished second in the NESCAC this fall with 9.5 sacks resulting in 64 yards of losses. His 16 tackles for losses (TFL) of 78 yards overall was also second in the confernece. He recorded two sacks for losses of 11 yards in the team's 35-28 win over Hamilton in the season opener on Sep. 16. He also had two sacks for a loss of 26 yards in the team's 21-13 victory at Williams on Oct. 21.
For the second straight season sophomore Greg Holt was honored by the league's head coaches with a position on the All-NESCAC first team. He finished the season third in the NESCAC in tackles with 84, an average of 9.3 per game. He recorded four double-digit tackle games including 15 against Wesleyan on Sep. 23. In this game he also had a half-sack, forced a fumble and recovered one. The other games with more than 10 tackles were against Bowdoin (12), Trinity (10) and Amherst (11), while he broke up three passes versus Middlebury.
Harrison is making his second straight appearance on a NESCAC All-Conference team including a first team selection in 2016. He finished the season ninth in the NESCAC in sacks with 4.5 causing 33 yards in losses. He recorded six total tackles including one sack in the team's 37-17 win over Bates on Sep. 30. He then had a 12-yard sack and the first interception of his career the next week (Oct. 7) against Bowdoin when Tufts held an opponent without a touchdown for the first time since 2006.
An All-League first team pick last fall, Preston is also All-NESCAC for the second consecutive year. He intercepted two passes at Colby on November 4, including his second career pick-six from 32 yards which gave Tufts a 28-7 lead with 4:50 remaining in regulation. Preston finished fourth on the team with 36 tackles (30 solo) including four TFL's. He also broke up four passes, blocked two kicks and returned a blocked extra point 98 yards for a defensive converstion verus Trinity.
Thomas returned to the All-Conference team after receiving a first team selection as a sophomore in 2015. He tied for fourth in the NESCAC with 5.5 sacks for 28 yards in losses ths season, with the sacks coming in six different games. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble during the season.
Reitzenstein, in his first year as a starter, and Thau helped pave the way for a Jumbo offense that finished fourth in the NESCAC with 396.1 yards per game, including a fourth-best rushing attack with 177 yards per game. The team's 18 rushing touchdowns were third-best in NESCAC as the Jumbos scored 26.1 points per game. The line helped protect for junior QB Ryan McDonald, who was fourth in the league with 208.8 passing yards per game and third with 80.2 yards rushing per game.
With seven All-Conference honorees this fall, Tufts matched its second-best total of recipients since 2008. Coach Civetti's team also had seven All-NESCAC players in 2015 and nine last season.