Ten Pioneers Earn All-NFC Honors
Ten members of the Alfred State College football team have earned All-NFC honors. Sir Aaron Taylor (West Cheter/Lincoln Hall), Colter Johnson (Warren, PA), and Josh Griffin (Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) were named to the 1st team, Kyle Ricks (Alexandria, VA/Mt. Vernon) was named 2nd team, and Cody Scepanik (Vestal), Devin Simmons (Elmira Free), Wade Hammond (Walton), Nick DePofi (Union Endicott), Justin Smith (Richmond, VA/CD Hylton), and Damion King (Detroit, MI/Madison Heights) were all 3rd team selections.
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.
Johnson had a solid year punting for the Pioneers. 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 opponents 20 yard line. On the season he had just one punt blocked.
Griffin was the NFC 1st team selection as a return specialist. He finished the year 24 kickoff returns for 611 yards (25.5 yard average). He also returned three punts for 15 yards. Offensively he caught a team high 38 passes for 614 yards and 10 scores. His 20 touchdown receptions ties him for the ASC career high.
Ricks was second on the Pioneers defense with 62 tackles (26 solo). He recorded 15 tackles for a loss of 51 yards and was credited with one sack. He also picked off one pass and finished with three pass break-ups.
Scepaniak passed for 819 yards and six touchdowns this season for ASC. He also rushed for a team high 244 yards and six scores on 109 attempts. After moving to running back, he also caught nine passes for 100 yards.
Simmons caught 18 passes for 235 yards and a score as the Pioneers second wide receiver option.
Hammond was the anchor of the Pioneer offensive line. The team captain started all ten games at right guard.
DePofi recorded 32 tackles in his six games of action before suffering a season ending injury. Seven of his tackles were for a loss of 19.
Smith anchored the defensive line and finished 3rd on the Pioneers with 53 tackles. He recorded on sack on the season and seven tackles were for a loss of 25.
King finished the 2010 campaign with 52 tackles from his defensive back position. 17 of his tackles were solo and 10 were for a loss of 34 yards. He also intercepted two passes, broke up three passes, and forced two fumbles.
The Pioneers finished the 2010 season with a 4-6 mark and a 1-5 record in Northeast Football Conference play.