Hunt, Capozzoli, Mercer Earn Football All-Region Honors

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 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 Bowl appearance.

Hunt 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.

A 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 exactly.

In 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.

He 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.

Capozzoli, 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.

Capozzoli 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).

Mercer, 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 over Rowan.