Montclair, NJ (12/10/08)
– Senior linebacker Cornell Hunt, (North Brunswick, NJ / North Brunswick)
junior kicker Marco Capozzoli (Bloomfield, NJ / St. Joseph's (Montvale))
and senior tight end Jeremy Mercer (Leonardo, NJ / Middletown South)
were named to the D3Football.com All-East Region Team released on Wednesday.
Hunt and Capozzoli were named to the Second Team while Mercer garnered Third-Team honors. The
trio were three of 75 players selected out of 191 nominations from East
Region schools. The three helped Montclair State to an 8-3 record this
past season, 7-2 in the NJAC and the Red Hawks second consecutive ECAC
earns his second All-Region honor from the organization as he was named
to the Third Team in 2007. Despite being named the top defensive player
in the NJAC this season, Hunt was relegated to the Second Team by the
voters who instead chose two other NJAC players.
three-time First-Team All-NJAC pick, Hunt completed his outstanding
career this past season he became the first MSU player to record three
consecutive tackle since the late Sam Mills (1978-80) as he posted 100
addition, Hunt also registered 4.5 tackles for loss and added a sack, a
fumble recovery, seven pass breakups and three interceptions, including
a 54-yard return for a touchdown versus Albright in the ECAC South
Central Bowl. Hunt, a two-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Week this
season and eight times overall, ranked fourth in the conference in
tackles and was ninth in passes defended.
collected 10 or more tackles four times this season, including 18
versus Brockport on September 27 and 16 versus Albright in the season
finale. Hunt finished third all-time at Montclair State with 367
tackles and holds the MSU career mark for unassisted tallies with 191.
a Second-Team All-NJAC pick, earned his first All-Region honor
following an outstanding year. The left-footed junior led the NJAC and
ranked sixth in Division III in field goals per game (1.27) as he
connected 14 times in 21 attempts. The 14 field goals were the
second-best single-season total in program history. Three times this
season, he booted three field goals in a game and was named NJAC
Special Teams Player of the Week twice.
played a key role in three of MSU's eight wins this season. He hit the
game-winning field goal from 37 yards out with 16 seconds left as
Montclair edged Brockport 16-14 on September 27. He then had three
field goals as the Red Hawks picked up a key victory over Rowan (30-14)
on November 8. He ranked ninth in the league in scoring with 67 points
(25-of-26 extra points).
a two-time First-Team All-NJAC selection, also got his first All-Region
honor. A solid blocker, Mercer also pulled in 13 passes for 229 yards
and two touchdowns, including a 25-yard TD in the aforementioned win