GEORGE, HUNCHAK AND SULLIVAN LEAD SIX HAWKS ON ALL-NEC TEAMS
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth
University placed six players on the 2012 Northeast Conference post season
all-conference teams, league officials announced on Wednesday.
Fifth year senior tight end Tyler George (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston), redshirt junior guard Mike Hunchak (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park) and linebacker Dan Sullivan (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) were each First Team All-NEC Selections. Senior wideout Tristan Roberts (Ansonia, Conn./Ansonia/Lackawanna C.C.), guard Dino Molina (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) and senior defensive lineman Chris Luma (Edison, N.J./Bishop Ahr) were named to the Second Team All-Northeast Conference team.
George earns his first all-league nod after a storied career at Monmouth which saw him start 42 of 43 games, missing just this year's Duquesne game due to injury. George was fourth on the team with 28 receptions for 215 yards and a touchdown. He finishes his career as Monmouth's third leading pass catcher (120 career receptions) and eighth leading receiver (1,069).
Sullivan led the Hawks in tackles with 62 over 10 games from his middle linebacker position. The junior was ninth in the NEC in tackles for a loss with 9.0 and his five sacks was also ninth. Sullivan finished the year with an interception and forced fumble and three quarterback hurries.
Hunchak, a redshirt junior guard, earns his first NEC honor in his second year starting for the Hawks. The East Hanover, N.J. native was part of an offensive line that blocked for the conference's best passing offense and total offense. Monmouth has had at least one offensive lineman represented on either the first or second team for 10 straight years, dating back to the 2003 season.
Roberts was second in the conference in receptions per game with 5.50, leading the Hawks in reception yardage with 714 yards and five TD receptions. His 55 receptions in 2012 is the fourth most by a Hawk in the 20 year history of the Monmouth football program. Roberts, who played just two seasons at Monmouth after transferring from Lackawanna Community College, has 92 receptions which is seventh most in school history.
Molina, a perennial starter for the Hawks, moved inside to guard this season. The fifth year senior helped the Hawks to the number two scoring offense in the conference at just under 30 points per game.
Luma started every game on the d-line this season, finishing
with 23 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss. The fifth year senior had one sack,
three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble in his final
season for the Blue & White.
Notably missing was fifth year quarterback Kyle Frazier (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) who led the Northeast Conference in passing yardage, passing touchdowns and total offense. Frazier completed nearly 68% of his passes, with the next closest quarterback seven percentage points behind, and threw for 17 touchdowns, which was second in the NEC. The Gaithersburg, Md. product finishes his career as Monmouth's all-time leader in passing attempts, completions, completion percentage and is second in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense.
The all-conference teams are voted on by the league's nine coaching staffs.
Monmouth finished with a 5-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the NEC which placed them third in the nine team league.