McAllister named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week
Bates senior outside linebacker Brett McAllister (Exeter, N.H.) nabbed his second and third awards of the week on Tuesday, most notably being named ECAC Division III North Defensive Player of the Week.
McAllister was also named one of six Division III Defensive Players of the Week by Beyond Sports College Network this week, repeating the same honor that fellow senior outside linebacker Cam Evans (Norwell, Mass.) earned last week for his 10 tackles (5 solo) and two interceptions.
The Bates football team also snagged two out of three individual player honors on Sunday from the New England Small College Athletic Conference, reaping the awards from the Bobcats’ decisive 28-9 victory over Tufts yesterday. McAllister won NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, and junior running back and kick returner Patrick George (Gloucester, Mass.) was awarded as NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Bobcats (1-1) put on a show for Parents & Family Weekend Saturday at Garcelon Field, beating Tufts for the second straight year with their largest margin of victory since 2004, following 24 years of frustrating losses to the Jumbos.McAllister had a big day with two interceptions, two sacks and two pass breakups in addition to five tackles (four solo). McAllister also came down with the ball simultaneously with sophomore teammate Andrew Kukesh (Exeter, N.H.) on another Bates interception that was credited to Kukesh. McAllister’s big plays were a key to a terrific performance by the Bates defense, which limited the Jumbos to 18 rushing yards on 25 carries, intercepted Tufts quarterback Jonny Lindquist four times and sacked him six times for a total loss of 38 yards.
McAllister, the younger brother of former two-time All-NESCAC defensive back Kyle McAllister ’10, is tied for the conference lead in interceptions (2) with three other players, two of whom are his teammates: Evans and junior Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.).