Nov. 17, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Five members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team have earned New England Football Conference Boyd Division post-season honors.
Senior linebacker John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) and senior offensive lineman Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) were named first team All-Boyd Division, while senior defensive back Ross O'Toole (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), junior wide receiver Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy) and sophomore linebacker Joe Teixera (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) earned second team honors.
Cordasco led the Corsairs with 96 tackles, including 46 solo stops. He had 11.5 tackles for 36 yards of lost yardage, shared a sack, had two pass interceptions that he returned for 73 yards, broke up two passes, forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles and returned them for 61 yards, and tied for second in scoring. He scored four touchdowns on defense, returning two interceptions and two fumbles for scores.
Yarbough anchored the offensive line, starting virtually every game since he was a sophomore.
O'Toole ranked third on the team with 69 tackles, including 38 solos. He intercepted two passes and returned them for 19 yards, forced a fumble, broke up two passes and shared a sack.
McNeish led the Corsairs with 34 receptions for 451 yards, an average of 13.3 yards per catch. He scored four times, and his longest reception was 64 yards. He also completed 17 of 39 passes for 158 yards as the backup quarterback, while rushing 21 times for 38 yards.
Teixera ranked second with 88 tackles, including 31 solo stops. He had 10 tackles for 33 yards in lost yardage, had a sack for five yards, intercepted two passes and returned them for 59 yards, broke up three passes, blocked a kick and returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown.
"I am very proud of the five young men that were selected to the NEFC Boyd Division team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They are outstanding representatives of our program and deserve the recognition."
Robichaud was pleased to see Yarbough and Cordasco earn first team honors. "I believe that Rob Yarbough was the premier lineman in the conference this season," said Robichaud. "He has been a dominating player for the past three years, but this year he was awesome. John Cordasco has had one of the best defensive seasons in the history of this program. He was fourth in tackles in a conference of 16 teams; he also scored four defensive touchdowns which is phenomenal. Unfortunately for us both of these young men are seniors, but they have been tremendous examples to the younger players in our program."
Robichaud was equally pleased with the second team honors. "Ross has been a great player each of his four years with us, he has been an outstanding leader with a tremendous work ethic," said Robichaud. "Joe was also an unbelievable player. He was fifth in the conference in tackles and he is only a sophomore. Joe has an outstanding future here at UMass. Brendan has been invaluable for us, not only is he one of the finest receivers in the conference but he is also a very good quarterback and was pressed into action several times this season. Brendon has a great attitude and I am sure he will be the premier wide receiver in the conference in 2012."
UMass Dartmouth finished the season 5-5 and 4-3 in the Boyd Division.
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