USA College Football release
Utica, N.Y. (6/24/2014) – Three members of the Utica College football team including senior wide receiver Anthony Acevedo (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford), senior offensive lineman Zach Hunnewell (Nashua, NH/Nashua North) and senior safety James Lenahan (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) were named 2014 Pre-Season Division III All-Americans Monday by USA College Football. Acevedo earned first team recognition while Hunnewell and Lenahan were honorable mention.
Acevedo, in his final campaign, looks to add to his already decorated resume after coming off a record breaking season last year. Last season he earned Empire 8 Conference Offensive Co-Player of the Year honors along with D3football.com All-Region status. He is one of two players from the Empire 8 to be named to the Pre-season All-American First Team Offense.
Acevedo finished the 2013 regular season ranked 10th nationally and first in the Empire 8 with an average of 8.0 receptions per game. He was also 17th in the country and first in the Empire 8 with an average of 106.1 receiving yards per game.
He finished the season with 72 catches, 955 yards and six touchdowns. Acevedo is now the College’s all-time leader in career receiving yards with 2,484 and he is just ten receptions away from tying the school-record for receptions – he currently has 177 for his career.
Senior offensive tackle Zach Hunnewell (Nashua, NH/Nashua North), a left tackle, was an honorable mention. Hunnewell was awarded the Big John O-Lineman of the Year Award last season for the Pioneers and is a two-time All-Conference selection.
Hunnewell anchored an offensive line last season that allowed less than one sack per contest (0.90), which ranked 27th nationally and first in the conference. The Pioneer offense amassed 2,598 yards of total offense (1,194 yards rushing, 2,404 yards passing). They averaged 4.8 yards per play and 359.8 yards of total offense per game.
The Pioneers ranked second in the Empire 8 with an average of 21.4 first downs per game and they also ranked second in the league in third down conversions (42.9%). Hunnewell helped senior running back Jake Larson (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove)find the end zone 11 times on the ground last year, which ranked second in the conference. He also protected the blind side of quarterback Connor Butkiewicz (Southington, CT/Southington), who finished the year with a conference-best 244 completions
Senior safety James Lenahan (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) was also an honorable mention pre-season all-american. He was an Empire 8 All-Conference honorable mention for the first time in his career last season after finishing the regular season ranked 18th nationally and first in the conference with an average of 0.6 interceptions per game.
He has totaled five interceptions in each of the past two seasons and he currently ranks second all-time at UC with ten career interceptions. He also recorded a career-best 50 tackles this past year, to go along with a 11 passes defended, which ranked fifth in the Empire 8. He now needs seven interceptions to tie the school record of 17 set back in 2006 by Jon Klosner. Over the course of 21 career games Lenahan has 90 career tackles, 18 passes defended and four fumble recoveries.
The Pioneers kick off the season Saturday, September 9th on the road against Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. UC’s home-opener (third game of the season) is on September 20th at 12 p.m. against Frostburg State on the turf at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium.