Three Bobcats named to All-NESCAC Football Team
HADLEY, Mass. — Bates College seniors Terence Ryan, Jamie Walker and Dylan MacNamara all were named to the 2006 All-NESCAC football team, the conference announced Thursday, with Ryan and Walker both making the First Team.
Terence Ryan ’07
Ryan (Milton, Mass.) was named a First Team All-NESCAC defensive end for the second straight year, after setting the school record for quarterback sacks for the second straight year. Ryan tied the NESCAC record with 10.5 sacks in 2005, then exceeded that mark in 2006 with 11.5 sacks (Middlebury’s Kevin Ryan set a new NESCAC record with 15.5).
Notching 1.4 sacks per game despite often facing double-team blocking, Ryan was ranked sixth in all of Division III in that category. He also led the NESCAC and was fourth in Division III in tackles for loss per game (2.5), and he was tied for the league lead in forced fumbles per game (0.25).
Ryan served as a team tri-captain and was a key component of the Bobcats’ stellar defense against the run, which ranked third in the NESCAC and 13th in Division III with only 67.1 yards allowed per game.
Jamie Walker ’07
Walker (Needham, Mass.) also made the All-NESCAC First Team, for the first all-conference honors of his collegiate career. Walker started every game for Bates at tailback, rushing 188 times for 562 yards and finishing second in the NESCAC in rushing yards per game (70.2). He scored a team-high five touchdowns, ranking third in the conference in rushing TDs. In Walker also had a strong finish to the season in the receiving department, with a combined 10 receptions for 143 yards in Bates’ last two games.
Against Colby on Oct. 28, Walker carried the ball 43 times, two shy of his own Bates record, gaining a season-high 135 yards.
A team captain along with Ryan and senior safety Adam Kayce, Walker, a biology major, was also a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy, the highest academic honor in college football.
Dylan MacNamara ’07
MacNamara (San Francisco, Calif.) was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team at wide receiver for the second straight year, after racking up a career-high 49 receptions for 456 yards and one touchdown in 2006. MacNamara extends a growing tradition for the Bobcats, who have had at least one All-NESCAC wide receiver for five straight years.
MacNamara ranked second in the NESCAC, and 23rd in all of Division III, with 6.1 receptions per game. His most productive games included a 7-catch, 84-yard effort at Middlebury, 10 receptions for a career-high 133 yards at Bowdoin, and 8 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown against Hamilton.
To view the NESCAC All-Conference Football Team release, click here.