DANBURY, Conn. – Wesley College head coach Mike Drass and defensive end Aamir Petrose shared Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Drass shared coaching honors with Widener's Mike Kelley while Petrose shared the defensive player award with Nadim Raddar of Bethany.
Petrose was also named a First Team All-Star, as was junior quarterback Joe Callahan, sophomore offensive tackle Casey Ergenzinger, senior defensive tackle Payton Rose, senior linebacker Sosthene Kapepula and senior safety Derrick Bender. Sophomore running back Jamar Baynard, senior wide receiver Steve Koudossou and junior tight end Kyle George all received Second Team accolades.
Wesley's nine All-Star selections are tied for the most in program-history, matching the number it had in 2009.
Completing his 22nd season as head coach at Wesley, Drass led the Wolverines to its 10th-straight NCAA Playoff Appearance and sixth Regional title. Drass has 198 wins as head coach which ranks second among active Division III coaches.
Petrose dominated the opposition in his final collegiate season, leading the Wolverines with 13.0 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss. A native of Woodbury, N.J., Petrose also was credited with 55 tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered two more, picked off a pass and broke up another 14 passes to earn D3football.com All-America honors. Petrose finished his career ranked sixth at Wesley with 27 sacks and seventh with 49.0 tackles for loss.
A finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy which goes to the top player in Division III, Callahan had one of the best seasons of all-time for a quarterback, shattering school-records with 4,190 passing yards and 46 touchdown passes. Hailing from Absecon, N.J., Callahan completed an impressive 64.8 percent of his passes and also ran for another five touchdowns. Callahan will rank among NCAA Division III active leaders for passing yards and passing touchdowns entering the 2015 season.
Anchoring the offensive line from the tackle position, Ergenzinger helped an offense that set school-records with 488.9 yards and 48.9 points per game. A local product from Georgetown, Del., Ergenzinger excelled in his first season as a starter as Wesley averaged 176.8 yards on the ground and 312.1 yards through the air.
Playing next to Petrose on the defensive line was Rose, who broke out in a major way in his final collegiate season. The Jessup, Md., product, Rose was also a D3football.com All-American after leading Wesley with 16 pass breakups and four forced fumbles. Rose also ranked third on the squad with 68 tackles and was credited with 4.0 sacks.
Earning All-Star honors for the third time in his career, Kapepula earned First Team All-America honors by the Associated Press, AFCA and D3football.com. A native of Olney, Md., Kapepula led the Wolverines with 102 tackles, along with 12.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions and a pair of sacks, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. Kapepula is just the fourth Wesley player to tally 100 tackles in the three different seasons and ranks fifth in program-history with 397 stops.
Moving to safety for his senior season, Bender tallied 45 tackles along with nine pass breakups, a forced fumble and three interceptions. A native of Freehold Borough, N.J., Bender finished his career with 182 tackles, ten of which came for a loss, three forced fumbles and six interceptions.
One of the most all-around backs in the nation, Baynard led Wesley with 892 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while also catching 41 passes for 576 yards and four scores. A Townsend, Del., product, Baynard had one 100-yard rushing game, one 100-yard receiving game and went off for a career-high 189 (92 rushing, 97 receiving) all-purpose yards at Division I Charlotte.
The all-time leading receiver and scorer in program-history, Koudossou broke his own single-season record in 2014 with 80 receptions and set a new school-record with 1,551 receiving yards along with a career-high 17 touchdowns. A native of Waldorf, Md., Koudossou finished his career with 230 catches for 4,059 yards and 49 receiving touchdowns, all school-records. Koudossou's 54 total touchdowns and 328 points scored are also school-records.
Standing six-foot-four, 250 pounds, George surpassed all of his totals from last season with 42 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns. A native of Willingboro, N.J., George has caught 76 passes for 1,144 yards and ten touchdowns in his career which is the most among Wesley's returning players for the 2015 season.