CAPE COD, MA-Five members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team have earned New England Football Conference Boyd Division post-season honors.
Senior defensive back Joune Fraser (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable HS/Erie CC), senior kicker Edgar Osols' (Summit, NJ/Summit HS), junior linebacker Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS), junior defensive lineman Jordan McDonald, and freshman kick returner Abiola Aborishade (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) were named to the Boyd Division second team.
Texeira led the Corsairs with 91 tackles, Fraser was second with 83, and McDonald was fifth with 49. Texeira had 46 solo stops, 3.5 tackles for 16 yards of lost yardage, returned two interceptions for 41 yards, broke up a pass and forced a fumble. Fraser led UMD with 55 solo stops, had three tackles for 12 yards in lost yardage, had a sack, a blocked kick, a safety, broke up four passes, returned four interceptions for 162 yards, returned a recovered fumble for 88 yards, and was fourth in scoring with 14 points. McDonald had 11.5 tackles for 60 yards in lost yardage, three sacks, broke up two passes, and forced a fumble. Aborishade had 21 stops on defense, including 15 solos, forced a fumble and broke up three passes, in addition to returning two interceptions for 67 yards, returning 16 punts for 96 yards (a 6.0 average), returning 24 kickoffs for 633 yards (a 22.2 yard average), and ranking third with 18 points. Osols made 10 of 13 field goals, with his longest kick being a 45-yarder, and 11 of 15 extra points; punted 68 times for a 36.5 yard average, forced 19 fair catches, placed 20 punts inside the opposition's 20 yard line, had five punts of 50 or more yards, and led the team with 41 points.
"I am pretty excited that we had five players chosen for the NEFC All-Division Team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Sometimes, when you have a season like ours, coaches tend to not vote for your players, so I think it says a lot that we have so many. Joune Fraser, Jordan McDonald and Joe Teixeira were definitely the leaders of our defense. They each had a great year, and we are fortunate enough to have Jordan and Joe back for another year. We will miss Joune; he was an intimidating presence in the middle of the field. Abiola Aborishade will be the number one returner in the MASCAC very soon. He is extremely fast, tough and makes very good decisions. I can't say enough about Edgar Osols and his contributions to this team over the past four years. Not only is he a great person, but he has been so consistent and successful. He has changed the game for us many times; we all count on him and believe that he is going to make every kick."
The Corsairs will move to the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference next season.
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