Derek Stank Named MVP and Baron Flenory Earns Bill Bowes Award
DURHAM, N.H.-Seven members of the University of New Hampshire football team, four of them defensive players, were honored today at the team's annual awards banquet held on the UNH campus Saturday afternoon.
Senior safety Baron Flenory (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was named the recipient of the Bill Bowes Coaches Award for his outstanding efforts as a leader in the UNH defensive backfield. Known for his hard hits and high energy, Flenory finished fifth on the squad in tackles (53-33-86) and was tied for second in sacks with four. He also picked off three interceptions, was second on the team in tackles for a loss with 11, and recovered a fumble. He was named third-team All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2005.
Senior defensive lineman Derek Stank (Etters, Pa.) was named the team's MVP for his outstanding efforts in the trenches for UNH. Stank, who was named first-team All-New England, all-conference, and a team tri-captain, often found himself double-teamed but still led the interior linemen with 25-19-34 tackles and he led the team in sacks with 5.5 for 29 yards. He also recovered a fumble for the Wildcats.
Senior linebacker and tri-captain Alan Tallman (Carthage, N.Y.) was the recipient of the Bo Dickson Spirit Award. Tallman was having the best season of his careerwhen he suffered a broken arm in the Towson game. He worked hard to rehab and had an opportunity to play in UNH's final NCAA game vs. Northern Iowa. He completed the season with 30 total tackles, an interception and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
The Buck Buchanan Service Award was given to senior running back and tri-captain John McCoy (Groton, Conn.). One of the team's most vocal leaders, McCoy was the team's top running back with an average of 78.5 rushing yards per game, seven rushing TDs and one receiving TD. He just missed reaching the 1,000-yd rushing mark with 942 yards on 176 carries.
The Bob Demers 12th Player Award was presented to senior offensive lineman David Sundberg (Erie Pa.) as he became a true leader and a top player in the trenches for the offense. According to UNH head coach Sean McDonnell near the end of last season, Sundberg had emerged as one of the top lineman in the Atlantic 10.
Senior linebacker E.J. DeWitt (Newport, R.I.) is a player who worked his way onto the football team as a walk-on and eventually became a key starter for the defense. A player who did not receive many big honors, he was instrumental in UNH's success as the top team in the nation in terms of turnover ratio. His speed and quickness to the football helped him to finish third on the squad in tackles (51-40-91) and he led the squad in tackles for a loss with 14.0. He also had 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He received this season's Jack French Unsung Hero Award.
Senior offensive lineman Tim Carignan (Belmont, N.H) was a prime example of a transfer who succeeded both on the field and academically. The recipient of the Student-Athlete Award, Carignan recorded a 3.27 as an undergrad majoring in physical education and pedagogy and he recorded a 4.0 in graduate school. During his career at UNH he was twice named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic squad and he has been named a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American. While he struggled with injuries in his senior year, he was a key member of the offensive line in 2005.