Simpson selected as NJAC Special Teams Player of the Year; Nine named All-NJAC

Photo by Angela Benefield
Photo by Angela Benefield

PITMAN, N.J. – Wesley College junior wide receiver and kick returner Corterris Simpson headlined the nine Wesley representatives on the 2018 All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) honorees, which was released by the conference on Friday.

One of the most dangerous return men in the nation, Simpson was named the NJAC Special Teams Player of the Year. Simpson currently leads the NJAC and ranks second in Division III in punt return average (29.0). He earned NJAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Sept. 30 and was the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Player of the Month for September.

Simpson also ranks fifth in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (100.4).

Senior wide receiver Alex Kemp, senior tight end Andrew Eagle, senior free safety Cappadonna Miller, junior running back E.J. Lee, junior wide receiver Ruhann Peele and sophomore cornerback Isiah Mitchell were all tabbed for the All-NJAC First Team.

Kemp earned the fourth NJAC honor of his career and the third time on the All-NJAC First Team. He leads the NJAC in receiving yards (972), receiving touchdowns (10), receptions (57) and yards per game (97.2). Kemp registered five games with over 100 receiving yards and became the third receiver in Wesley history to surpass the 3,000 receiving yard mark in a career.

The 2017 NJAC Offensive Player of the Year and 2016 NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Year, Lee collected the second first-team award of his career. Lee currently leads the conference in total touchdowns (12), rushing touchdowns (11) and second in all-purpose yards (1,233) and rushing yards (844). He eclipsed the 100-yard mark four times during the season.

In his first season in a Wesley uniform, Peele tied for second in the conference in receiving touchdowns (7) and fourth in receiving yards (603). Peele averaged 60.3 yards per game and 15.5 yards per catch. He was also a big part of the running game, providing key blocks downfield.

An honorable mention selection a season ago, Eagle played a major part in blocking for the run and making plays in the passing attack. Eagle reeled in seven passes for 80 yards during the regular season.

Miller earned his second first team honor of his career after placing second on the team in interceptions (2), third in tackles (60) and tied for third in pass breakups (3).

Mitchell registered the first all-conference award of his career after finishing in a tie for third place in the conference in interceptions (5). He also tied for third on the team in pass breakups (3) and made 26 tackles on the season.

Senior cornerback Daquay Harris-Winbush was the lone Wesley representative on the All-NJAC Second Team.  Harris-Winbush led the team in pass breakups (7) and placed fifth in tackles (55). He also collected 2.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, and a sack.

Senior quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs and junior strong safety Coray Williams each landed a spot on the All-NJAC Honorable Mention team.

Burroughs picked up the second All-NJAC award in his career, leading the conference in total offense (2,829), passing yards (2,751) and completions (192). He ranks second in the NJAC in total touchdowns (25) and passing touchdowns (22). Burroughs recorded five games with three passing touchdowns and four games with 300-plus passing yards.

Williams notched 66 tackles to place in a tie for 12th in the conference and second on the team. He registered an interception against Kean on Oct. 13 and a tackle for loss.