DOVER, Del. - In its first year of membership in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, the Wesley College football team had 14 student-athletes receive All-Conference honors. The large group of Wolverines was headlined by Joe Callahan, who was named NJAC Offensive Player of the Year.
A three-time NJAC Offensive Player of the Week selection, Callahan currently leads the NJAC in passing yards per game (380.4), pass efficiency (195.4) and total offense (410.1 per game). He has rewritten the Wesley College record books and currently ranks 11th in NCAA Division III history in career passing yards with 11,624. His 43 passing touchdowns this season lead the nation as well.
As well as being named Offensive Player of the Year, Callahan was named NJAC First Team All-Conference. Joining Callahan on the NJAC All-Conference First Team are running back Jamar Baynard, wide receivers James Okike and Bryce Shade (also named First Team return specialist), tight end Kyle George, offensive linemen Austin Eagle, Matt Gono, and Matt Schmidt, linebacker Samer Manna, and cornerback Andre Connally.
Baynard became Wesley's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2010 this season, trotting for 1,118 yards in 10 games so far this year. Okike and Shade have caught 15 and 16 touchdown passes, respectively, standing as the highest-scoring wide receiver duo in NCAA Division III this season. Kyle George leads all NJAC tight ends with 63.7 receiving yards per game and has scored five touchdowns. The Wesley offensive line has been a phenomenal unit, led by their three All-Conference selections. The line has paved the way for Wesley to gain 603.5 yards of offense per game, the most in NCAA Division III.
Samer Manna led the Wesley defense and finished fourth in the conference in tackles with 98 on the year. Andre Connally finished second in the NJAC with five interceptions this season and has a total of 12 passes defended. The corner also stepped up to make 52 tackles this season.
NJAC All-Conference Second Team honors were earned by defensive tackles Brenton Barnes and Dan Laguerre. Wide receiver Alex Kemp and defensive end Roderick Caine each earned NJAC All-Conference Honorable Mentions.
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