Trinity Football Players Receive National And NESCAC Academic Honors

Trinity Football Players Receive National And NESCAC Academic Honors

Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College football senior co-captain S/LB Spencer Donahue (Naperville, Ill.), senior S Patrick Dorsey (Lynn, Mass.), senior DE Jameson Law (Brewster, Mass.), and senior LB Henderson Watkins (Montgomery, Texas) were each named to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Society comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.  Trinity, coached by Jeff Devanney (11th Season), finished the 2016 season with a perfect 80 record, winning its third New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title in nine years, and was ranked No. 2 in the Grinold New England Division III Football Poll at the end of the season.

Donahue and Law also joined senior DB Paul McCarthy (North Attleboro, Mass.), senior WR Ryan Murphy (Miami, Fla.), junior FB Clifford David (Ambler, Pa.), junior OL Stephan Krushell (Longmeadow, Mass.), junior QB Joe McDermott (Yonkers, N.Y.), sophomore WR Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.), sophomore RB Matt LaPorta (Ridgefield, Conn.), sophomore DB Sameir Madden (Norristown, P.A.), sophomore TE Will Millett (Marblehead, Mass.), sophomore DL Nick Rose (Arlington, Mass.), and sophomore QB Brad Whitman (Salisbury, Mass.) on the 2016 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Fall All-Academic Team. To receive NESCAC All-Academic honors, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be in good standing on their team with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.

Donahue, a three-year starter who switched to outside linebacker in 2015 after two years at safety and an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree in 2015, was a key cog in the Trinity defensive unit that ranked second in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 13.6 points per game. He led the Bantams in tackles (46) and recorded three sacks, three forced fumbles, collected four fumble recoveries and picked off two interceptions. He also was involved in five pass break-ups, a blocked kick, and was named NESCAC Player of the Week three times this season.  In his fine career, Donahue had 104 tackles (77 solo), three sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven interceptions for 70 yards, and 14 pass breakups in 26 games. Earning NESCAC All-Academic honors in 2014 and 2016, Donahue graduated from Neuqua High School and is majoring in economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Traci and Craig Donahue.

Dorsey, a two-year starter, was a key component in Trinity's smothering secondary as he posted 20 tackles, two pass breakups, and returned a touchdown 38 yards to the house against Middlebury in 2016.  He was selected to represent Trinity football on the 2016 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. In his exceptional career, Dorsey had 68 tackles (46 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups in 19 games.  A graduate of Lynn English High School and a psychology major, he is the son of Kriscelle Lombard and Patrick Dorsey, Sr. 

Law tallied 29 tackles (23 solo) to go along with 2.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery in his first season as a starter this fall. He registered 55 tackles (42 solo), 2.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery in 21 games in his exceptional career.  A three-time, NESCAC All-Academic honoree as an economics major, Law is a graduate from Nauset High School. He is the son of Daneen and James Law.  

Watkins totaled 23 tackles (11 solo) with 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in seven games as a Bantam linebacker this fall, and finished with 27 tackles in his two-year career.  Watkins attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado and will graduate from Trinity with a degree in economics.

McCarthy, a two-year starter who moved primarily to safety this fall after playing mostly at cornerback in 2015, and a two-time All-NESCAC honoree, tallied 27 tackles, hauled in three interceptions (T4th in NESCAC) and broke up five passes this fall to go along with a pair of defensive touchdowns this fall. In the NESCAC-title-clinching win against Amherst, McCarthy recorded two interceptions in the final minutes, returning the first 48 yards for a touchdown. McCarthy missed his rookie year with an injury, allowing him to play this autumn as a graduate student, and had 84 tackles (56 solo), a forced fumble, nine interceptions for 93 yards, and five pass breakups in 29 games in his fine career.  An alum of North Attleboro High School, McCarthy is a four-time, NESCAC All-Academic selection and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 2015 as an economics major at Trinity.  He is the son of Paul and Deb McCarthy.  

Murphy was the team's primary long snapper in each of his four seasons and was also a wide receiver.  A two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Murphy attended Belen Jesuit High School and will graduate from Trinity with a degree in economics.  He is the son of Nery Ortiz and Steven Murphy.

David, a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, caught one pass for nine yards as a fullback/tight end for the Bantams in 2017.  A graduate of Germantown Academy, Davis is majoring in public policy & law and urban studies at Trinity.  He is the son of Patricia and Clifford David.  Krushell, a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, is a reserve offensive lineman for the Bantams.  A graduate of Longmeadow High School, Krushell is majoring in American Studies and economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Lynne and Rob Krushell.  McDermott has been a reserve quarterback for the Bantams after Transferring to Trinity from Cortland State in 2015.  A graduate of the Hackley School, McDermott is majoring in history at Trinity.  He is the son of Vincent and Mary McDermott.  Feola who also runs tracks for the Bantams, is a reserve wide receiver.  A graduate of Amity High School, Feola is majoring in economics with a minor in rhetoric at Trinity.  He is the son of Penelope Tambis and Ben Feola.  

LaPorta is a versatile offensive player who fills in a running back and wide receiver.  A graduate of Kent School, he is the son of Lawrence and Catherine LaPorta.  Madden had 10 tackles as a backup safety for the Bantams in 2016.  A graduate of Springside Chestnut Hill School, Madden is majoring in biology at Trinity.  He is the son of Junior and Yvette Madden.  Millett was a reserve tight end for the Bantam offense in 2016.  A graduate of Marblehead High School, he is the son of CJ and Lissa Millet.  Rose totaled 13 tackles (nine solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, a pass breakup, and a forced fumble as a starting defensive end for the Bantams in 2016.  A graduate of Arlington High School, he is the son of Patrick and Christine Rose.  Whitman, who also plays baseball for the Bantams, is a backup quarterback for the Trinity football squad.  He is a graduate of Triton High School and the son of Deborah Hamel and Jeff Whitman.


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