Jan 21, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT
The 2010 postseason honors wrapped up this week when The College Sporting News announced its postseason awards and Sweet 63 All-America list. CAA Football, which has now been part of five-straight National Championship games and seven of the last eight, logged a total of 16 awards including Villanova’s Ben Ijalana earning both the Offensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year honor. Delaware’s freshman running back Andrew Pierce also picked up a share of the Freshman of the Year award.
|Villanova’s Ben Ijalana.|
Combining all five recognized FCS All-America entities, CAA Football can boast two consensus First Team All-Americans in Villanova’s Ijalana and Richmond’s Martin Parker. Both earned First Team accolades from The Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, The Walter Camp Foundation, The Associated Press and most recently The College Sporting News.
Ijalana finished his career as a three-time First Team All-CAA Football honoree, and logged a 10th-place finish in the Outland Trophy Award voting at the end of the 2010 season — given to the nation’s top major college football interior lineman. The Hainesport, N.J., native led a Wildcat offensive front which averaged 194.9 rushing yards/game and just over 30 points/game.
Pierce earned Delaware’s starting running back job in preseason drills and went on to enjoy the finest season ever for a Blue Hen runner as he rushed 329 times for 1,655 yards and 14 touchdowns while also catching 32 passes for 199 yards and three scores. He set Delaware freshman records for carries in a season, yards rushing in a game (200 vs. Duquesne) and a season, rushing touchdowns in a season and total touchdowns (16) in a season. He surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark seven times and averaged 126.5 yards per game in four NCAA playoff appearances. His 1,655 yards rushing was the second highest single season mark in UD history.
Parker finished his Spider career with a league-best 96 tackles from his defensive tackle position and ranked second in CAA Football with 5.5 sacks in 11 games. He posted five double-digit tackle games, including 13 against Delaware and 12 in a win over Towson. The New Haven, Conn. native, who was a Second Team All-CAA Football pick in 2009, also blocked a PAT attempt in the game against the Blue Hens.
CAA Football logged an impressive mark of 48 postseason honors this season when combining all five All-America lists — First through Third Teams.
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