Date Posted:11/21/2005, 10:30AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Despite finishing 6-2 and earning their best record since 1970, the Bowdoin College football team was rewarded with just four players on the NESCAC's All-Conference football team announced on Friday. Head Coach Dave Captui's squad, whose dramatic turnaround this season resulted in more wins than the previous five years combined, ended the year tied for third place in the NESCAC.
Bowdoin's lone First-Team All-Conference member was receiver Jeff Nolin (pictured), who shattered a number of school records this season. Nolin's season-opening performance against Middlebury broke the school's single-game receiving mark with 203 yards and the senior from Dover, N.H. ended his season just two yards shy of the school's single-season receiving yards record (with 728). His 37 catches were the third-most ever by a Polar Bear in a single season, while his six touchdown catches this year tied the school record.
Bowdoin claimed three Second-Team selections, led by offensive lineman Dave Diamond (Mansfield, Mass.) who switched to the offense from defense and became a top-notch blocker. A three-time Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar, Diamond proved to be one of the Polar Bears' keys to success this year. Senior captain Mike Stratton (Weston, Mass.) and junior Brendan Murphy (Winthrop, Mass.) were named to the NESCAC's Second-Team defense. Stratton made 17 solo tackles from his defensive lineman postition this season, while Murphy was second on the squad with 45 solo stops with two interceptions.
The complete All-NESCAC Team can be found here:
2005 ALL-NESCAC FOOTBALL TEAM