Date Posted:11/22/2004,  5:00PM

Five Earn All-NESCAC Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College football has placed five players on the 2004 All-NESCAC football squad, the most for the Polar Bears since the 1998 season, when Bowdoin grabbed four accolades.

Offensive tackle Greg Berry (Portsmouth, N.H.) earned a first-team nod, while Rob Patchett (Pembroke, Mass.) was named as a second-team running back and return specialist. Brian Durant (Dorchester, Mass.) was a second-team selection at wideout, while linebacker Shaun Kezer (Mansfield, Mass.) and defensive lineman Mike Stratton (Weston, Mass.) also earned second-team honors. Bowdoin finished the year with a 2-6 mark and a sixth-place finish in the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings.

Berry, who also earned a second-team All-NESCAC choice as a sophomore, was the keystone of a Bowdoin offensive line that averaged nearly 151.6 rushing yards per game this season. The 6-3, 300-pound senior tackle led the way for a Polar Bear attack that ranked fourth overall in the NESCAC in total offense in 2004, averaging 315.0 yards of total offense per contest.

Patchett ranked fourth in the conference in rushing (98 yards/game) and first in kick return yards (473) to claim second-team running back and return specialist honors. It is the first postseason honor for the senior tailback, who led the NESCAC in all-purpose yards in 2003 and finished second with 173.4 per game this year. Patchett finished with 2,222 career yards rushing, placing him second all-time at Bowdoin.

Senior receiver Brian Durant picked up his first postseason award thanks to a 29-catch, 396-yard campaign. Durant ranked among the league leaders with 49.5 yards receiving per game and 3.6 catches per contest. For his career, Durant caught 76 passes for 963 yards, ranking fourth all-time at Bowdoin in catches and eighth in yards receiving.

Kezer earned a second-team selection after leading Bowdoin in tackles with 84 this season, placing second overall in the NESCAC in that category. The junior also had five tackles for a loss, two saves, six pass breakups and an interception this year. Classmate Mike Stratton took second team honors thanks to 13 solo stops and two sacks this year.