Alfred State College sophomore safety Sir Aaron Taylor (Westchester/Lincoln Hall) and freshman punter Colter Johnson (Warren, PA) have been named to the NJCAA All-American team. This is the third time in Coach Mick Caba’s tenure that two players have been named All-American in the same year.
Caba is excited to have his program honored. “It’s is definitely an honor to have two players named All American. It is a credit to our coaches and the young men in our program”.
Taylor was a second team selection following a solid all-around season in which he contributed defensively, offensively, and on special teams. Taylor led the Pioneers with 63 tackles from his free safety position. 36 of his tackles were solo, four were for a loss, and he picked off five passes (returned one for a touchdown). He also returned 19 kicks (punts and kickoffs) for 379 yards and two scores. Offensively he rushed for 140 yards and two scores on 33 carries.
Prior to being named All-American, Taylor was named 1st team All-Northeast Football Conference. He also was named NFC and NJCAA special teams player of the week after a solid performance in the Pioneers opening game victory over Apprentice School. Versus Apprentice, Taylor returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86-yards to break a 7-7 tie en route to the Pioneers opening day victory. In total, Taylor had 97 returns yards on the day. Defensively, Taylor was also a factor finishing with five solo tackles, an interception, and three pass break-ups.
This follows a freshman campaign where Taylor recorded 52 tackles (32 solo), one sack, and picked off three passes (one returned for a score). He also rushed for 250 yards and three scores and passed for 423 yards and four scores.
“I’m very pleased to see Sir named All American. He is a complete football player who can play defense, offense, and special teams. Several Division I programs have offered him a scholarship and it seems each school expects him to play a different position. It has been a pleasure to coach Sir and to watch him develop as a player, a student and a person in his two seasons at Alfred State”.
Taylor is currently in the middle of the recruiting process. He has been contacted by two dozen schools and has received offers from the University of Akron and Youngstown State.
Johnson was an honorable mention selection after a solid first year wearing the blue & gold. He punted 51 times for 1,970 yards (38.6 yard average). His long on the season was 77 yards and he placed 10 punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. On the season he had just one punt blocked.
Nationally, Johnson is ranked 8th with a 38.6 yard average and 8th with his total of 1,971 total punt yards. His 77 yard punt in his first collegiate game vs. Apprentice School was the 3rd longest punt in the NJCAA this season and led to the Pioneers sealing the victory with a safety.
Prior to being named All-American, Johnson was a 1st team All-Northeast Football Conference selection. After the Pioneers contest vs. Nassau CC, Johnson was named both the NFC and NJCAA special teams player of the week. In that contest he punted three times for 137 yards and an average of 45.7 yards. He had a long of 52 yards.
“Johnson had a great year as our punter. Football is a game of field position and Colter, without a doubt, gave us the edge in every game with field position. As his coach, it’s exciting to know we have him back next season, and coincidentally, he may be a better kicker than punter. Colter is a young man of great character and it is an honor to have him in our program. I expect great things from Colter next season.”
Johnson will return next year as one of the top punters in the NJCAA.
Caba has now coached nine All-Americans in his eleven years at the helm of the Pioneer football program.
Overall, the Northeast Football Conference had eight players named All-American.
Alfred State College students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department programs recently handed over the keys to an electric car to College President Dr. John M. Anderson for campus use.
The history of the car is actually a lengthy one. In the early 1980s, Niagara Mohawk donated a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit that the company had converted to electric power. It ran for a few years under the direction of Matthew Lawrence, assistant professor, MET, had just started teaching an energy systems course, a seventh-semester senior class on alternative energy technologies. He jumped at the chance to use the car as a project for the class labs.
The class researched the process of completely upgrading the car with state-of-the-art electric components, and estimated the price of a full upgrade. The class then offered Tom Windus, director of Facilities Services at ASC, a deal: if he would pay for the upgrade, the class would do the upgrade then give him the keys to the car to add it to the Alfred State fleet. He graciously accepted the offer.
The class began by ordering two books on electric car conversions, as nobody involved had any experience working on an electric vehicle. Over the next 10 weeks, all 17 students in the class put in a tremendous amount of time, working outside of class on the car. The students replaced everything on the car from the power outlet put in place of the gas filler neck to the motor directly coupled to the transmission input shaft. The class was broken into five teams: (1) charger and batteries, (2) high-voltage system, (3) low-voltage system, (4) instrumentation, and (5) motor and motor mounting. Lawrence provided weekly goals, and used lab meetings to collaborate among the implementation teams.
The newly retooled car can travel 50 miles per charge, dependent on terrain and driving habits; can reach a top speed of 81 mph; can achieve 0-60 mph in 28 seconds. The car can be charged in four hours to charge on 220Volts, and eight hours on 115Volts.
On Dec. 1, the car, a set of keys, and an award of appreciation were presented to Windus.
“Without his generous support and belief in these students, this project never would have gotten off the ground,” says Lawrence.
On Dec. 8, Electrical Engineering Technology Department.
Lawrence, justifiably proud of his students, notes: “Sometimes I get asked what a graduate of the Alfred State Mechanical Engineering Technology Department can do; now I think a better question might be what can't they do? These students can not only design, but they can implement the technologies of both today and tomorrow. That combination is rare, and should be celebrated!”
Students involved in the project included: Jonathan Butts, Rochester; Anthony Calvo, Plattekill; Chris Dalton, Elmira; Joseph B. Fiacchi II, Marcellus; Michael Gustafson, Warren, PA; Patrick Haskell, McGraw; Ryan Johnstone, Holley; Michael Marsigliano, Staten Island; Alexander Mason, Newark, DE; Bradley McClean, Lakeview; Matthew Messana, Tonawanda; Patrick Mohr, Limestone; Michael Naab, Lancaster; David Odle, Ontario; Travis Phoenix, Reading Center; Ryan Roberts, Sparrow Bush; and Brian Zintel, Silver Springs.