DOVER, Del. – Four Wesley College football players earned All-America recognition from D3ProDay.com, it was announced this week. Paul Gilstrop and Chris Mayes were named first teamers at defensive tackle and defensive end, respectively, while Shane McSweeny and Mike Asiedu earned second and third team recognition at their positions.
This is the fourth different organization to name Mayes a first team All-American. He also received the honor from the American Football Coaches Association, D3football.com and Associated Press. McSweeny also earned recognition from D3football.com.
Consistently a force in the middle of the Wolverines' defensive line, Gilstrop finished third on the team with 75 tackles, six of which went for a loss. The senior also recorded 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in 2011 and recorded ten tackles in big wins over Salisbury and Mary Hardin-Baylor.
A senior from Waldorf, Md., Mayes generated a team-high 20.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in just 11 games this season. Missing the last two games with an injury, Mayes also tallied seven sacks to finish second on the team and 48 tackles.
Mayes leaves Wesley as one of the most decorated Wolverines of all time and finishes his career with 90 tackles for loss and 40 sacks, which are second and fourth in school history, respectively. His nine forced fumbles in four seasons rank also rank fourth in program annals.
The South Region player of the Year, McSweeny passed for 3,019 yards with 33 touchdowns while completing 64.5 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 774 yards and a team-high 13 scores.
McSweeny will leave a heavy mark on the Wolverines record books as he ranks second at Wesley with 7,939 passing yards and 87 passing touchdowns. He is also third with 522 completions and 840 attempts. Also a threat with his legs, McSweeny ranks eighth in school history with 1,779 rushing yards and fifth with 24 rushing touchdowns.
Asiedu was all over the field as a senior, finishing second on the Wolverines with 83 tackles with a team-high 51 coming on assists. The native of Yonkers, N.Y., also finished with 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and a forced fumble. The linebacker had two of his best games in the playoffs with a season-high 14 tackles against Hobart and two interceptions against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Wesley College's football team finished the 2011 season at 12-2 and went to its fifth NCAA Division III Semifinal in the last seven years.