Football: Six Cadets pick up Postseason Conference Honors

Football: Six Cadets pick up Postseason Conference Honors

WESTWOOD, Mass. – The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced the 2017 All-Conference and All-Sportsmanship teams on Wednesday afternoon, and six Cadets from the Norwich football team received honors.

Freshmen Conner Ruland (Waldwick, N.J.), Clyde Tamburro (Elizabethtown, Pa.), and Tristan Weathers (Seawaren, N.J.), along with sophomore Brasean Stewart (Bronx, N.Y.) and senior Nolan Aurelia (Stratford Conn.) were selected to the Second Team All-Conference while senior Zach Adler (Stratham, N.H.) was selected to the All-Sportsmanship team. 

Ruland played in all 10 games for the Cadets, as the first-year tight end provided excellent blocking for the Cadets rushing attack on the edge and chipped in four receptions for 31 yards.

Freshman kicker Clyde Tamburro had a breakout season for the Cadets, converting all 12 of his extra point tries as well as going 9 for 14 on field goals. Of the five missed field goals, four were blocked, leaving Tamburro with a single true miss on the season. The Pennsylvania native also notched the conference's longest field goal of the year with a booming 45-yarder against Coast Guard.

Tristan Weathers started every single game for the Cadets out wide this season, pulling in 23 receptions on the year for just under 400 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team in all three statistics by a wide margin. Weathers also received 13 kickoffs, returning them for 251 yards.

Brasean Stewart had a fine year on the other side of the ball, providing a consistent defensive presence on the outside of the Cadets all season long. The sophomore defensive back totaled 30 solo tackles and 52 overall on the year, including 2 tackles for a loss. He also broke up 4 passes on the year, good for the second highest total on the defensive unit.

Senior wideout Nolan Aurelia had 10 receptions on the year for 88 yards and a touchdown. The Connecticut native made his biggest impact on the kick return team, leading the team with 308 yards on the year, including a season-high 49-yard return against Maine Maritime.

Zach Adler, the senior outside linebacker, was named the Norwich representative on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The All-Sportsmanship award is "intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team...that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct."

Adler totaled 72 tackles on the year (the second highest total on the team), including a team-leading 6 tackles for a loss, and forced and recovered a fumble. 

The Cadets wrapped up their 2017 season last Saturday, finishing with a 1-9 overall record. You can read the full NEWMAC press release, including this year's major award winners, here.