Montclair, NJ (12/6/11) – Senior running back Chris D'Andrea (Union, NJ / Union), senior safety Chad Faulcon (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) and sophomore linebacker Dan Avento (Montvale, NJ / Pascack Hills) were named to the D3Football.com All-America Team announced prior to the Stagg Bowl on Friday evening.
D'Andrea was selected to the Second Team while Faulcon, who last month was named the organization's East Region Defensive Player of the Year and Avento were chosen Third Team and Honorable Mention, respectively. All three players were First-Team All-East Region picks as they helped the Red Hawks to an 8-2 record this past season.
D"Andrea put together the best season by a Montclair State running back in program history. He broke the single-season record for yards with 1,583 and also scored 15 touchdowns on the ground and another through the air, the 16 TDs the second-best single-season total in program history. He had two 200-yard performances during the season and leads Division III in rushing yards. He led the conference in that category and was also led the conference in scoring and all-purpose yards.
The NJAC Defensive Player of the Year as well as a two-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Week selection, Faulcon produced 72 tackles and three interceptions for the NJAC runner-up Red Hawks. He ranked tied for eighth in the NJAC in interceptions per game (0.30). Faulcon made several key plays for MSU this season, including a two-interception performance in a 20-0 win over William Paterson in October. He also had a game-saving tackle at the end of the fourth quarter in the Red Hawks 37-31 overtime win at Rowan.
Avento keyed the MSU defense along with Faulcon as Montclair allowed just 188 points this season ranking among the best in the NJAC. Avento led the team with 93 tackles and added three interceptions and seven passes defended while Iachetta posted 30 tackles, one sack and interception return for a touchdown, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.