After a record-setting season in fall 2019, the Mansfield University sprint football team has been recognized as one of the top teams in the Twin Tiers with a chance to bring home the College Team of the Year, 18 sports announced on Thursday, June 4.
To vote for the 2019 Mountaineer sprint football team as Twin Tears College Team of the Year, visit https://www.mytwintiers.com/18-sports-awards/.
The Fourth Annual Twin Tiers Virtual Sports Awards, hosted by 18 Sports, was originally set for the Clemens Center in Elmira on June 29 at 6 p.m. but will now be held virtually next month with more information to come.
In 2019, the Mountaineers (5-2 overall, 3-1 CSFL North) won a program-record three CSFL North games and faced Division I Army in the CSFL North Championship game for a chance to play in the conference final.
The Mounties won four consecutive contests by multiple scores, while defeating Cornell University, 44-13, for the first time in program history. The Mounties outscored their opponents by a touchdown per game and a total of 53 points on the year.
Freshman Terrance Quaker brought home the Mounties third straight CSFL Newcomer of the Year honor to highlight 11 All-CSFL selections (seven 1st-Team, one 2nd-Team and three Honorable Mention).
Senior D.J. McLean became the program leader for receptions in a career (104) and career-receiving yards (1,550) and junior David Butler named 1st-Team All-CSFL for the first time in his career after earning Offensive Player of the Week twice during the Mountaineers 5-2 run.
Butler broke the century mark during five of the seven games and finished the season with seven rushing touchdowns.
Senior Dante Torrisi and Sam Tillman paved the way for Butler on the offensive line and both were rewarded for their efforts by earning All-CSFL recognition. Andrew Schwenk (LB), Matt Roberts (LB), Dajuan Buie (DL) and Kayin Berger (DL) were also named to the All-CSFL defensive team after transforming the Mounties into one of the best turnover and scoring defenses in the conference.
Buie finished second on the team and tied for third in the conference with four interceptions and Schwenk finished tied for the conference led for fumble recoveries (three.