CLANCY, BROWN, HUBBARD, HOLT EARN GAZETTE ALL-SUPER REGION RECOGNITION
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College football team garnered even more recognition this week for its record-setting 2013 campaign, as four Warriors were lauded for their play and earned spots on the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One Team, as announced Thursday.
Seniors Joe Clancy (Newburyport, Mass.), Michael Hubbard (Wakefield, Mass.), and Artis Holt (Baltimore, Md.) as well as sophomore Jere Brown (Freeport, N.Y.) all earned all-region distinction by the selection committee; Clancy, Hubbard and Brown all were named to the Super Region One Second Team Offense, while Holt found a spot on the Super Region One Third Team Defense.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
Super Region 1 is compiled of universities from four conferences including the PSAC, MEC, NE10 and the CIAA. A total of 40 teams and 130 players are represented on this team.
After being named an All-American last month, Clancy adds one more honor to his incredible resume after already being named the Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and earning a spot on the NE-10 All-Conference First Team. He finished with 4,116 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and averaged 374.2 yards per game, becoming the first passer in league history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in a single season.
Brown burst onto the scene as a sophomore after cementing his spot as one of Clancy's favorite targets and one of the league – and country's – elite receivers. A Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team and Daktronics All-Super Region I Second Team honoree, the Freeport, N.Y., native hauled in 86 receptions for 1,186 yards and 17 touchdowns, tying the single-season record in TD grabs in the process. He ranked second nationally in receiving touchdowns, 18th in receiving yards, 17th in receiving yards per game, 12th in receptions per game (7.8) and 21st in total scoring.
The leader of a sturdy Merrimack offensive line that yielded just 16 sacks on the season, Hubbard earned a spot in the National Bowl after another outstanding seasonguiding the Warriors in the trenches this fall. The offensive line was responsible for helping Merrimack post some of the offensive numbers both in the conference and in the country. For his efforts, Hubbard also earned a spot on the NE-10 All-Conference First Team.
Holt, a three-time first-team selection, once again was one of the top ball-hawking defensive backs in the country. He finished with 63 tackles and 11 pass breakups while leading the Warriors with four interceptions, and returned one of those picks to the house.