The ASA Avengers football season ended a couple weeks ago, but the awards season is in full bloom.
Following a 4-6 campaign that featured peaks and valleys under new head coach Joe Osovet, the Avengers finished its campaign strong, ending on a two-game winning streak – a stretch that featured contests in which ASA torched its opponents with back-to-back 70-point performances.
Osovet's crew ended the season with a 76-12 home win over Gattica on Nov. 5, and followed that up a week later with a 74-32 win at Hocking (OH) College.
Enjoying the fruits of that labor included defensive tackle Rashad Brandon, linebacker Mike McGinnis, wideout Javin Tandy, defensive end Najee McKenzie, defensive back Joe Johnson, and return specialist Wyl Miller.
Brandon was bestowed the highest honor, as he was named the 2016 Northeast Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The Jersey City, New Jersey product is a 6-2, 315-pound sophomore who helped the Avengers post the nation's third-best passing defense (88.5 yards per game). He recorded 34 tackles (24 solos and 10 assists) to go with 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Brandon's success this past season follows up an impressive freshman campaign where he was named to the 2015 All-NEFC Third Team.
McGinnis and Tandy are repeat selections to the All-NEFC First Team. Other first-teamers from ASA included McKenzie, Johnson, and Miller.
The All-NEFC Second Team roster was littered with ASA offensive stars. Quarterback Ryan Barabe, running back Troy Robinson, wideout Brian Ingram, and offensive lineman Macquel Hardy were all named to the squad.
- This season's success isn't just relegated to current ASA players, as it should be noted that Utah running back Joe Williams, a NEFC First-Team All-Conference selection in 2014 while at ASA, currently ranks 25th in the NCAA with 1,185 rushing yards.