Williams' Raymond is NESCAC coach of the year, QB Maimaron is league's top rookie

The Williams College football team went from no wins to six wins in 12 months. Because of that success, Williams football coach Mark Raymond has been named the NESCAC coach of the year.

Raymond was honored by NESCAC along with four members of the 6-3 Ephs. Freshman quarterback Bobby Maimaron was named the league's rookie of the year and a second-team All-NESCAC selection at quarterback.

The lone first-team selection to the All-NESCAC team was senior defensive tackle Chris Hattar.

Freshman tight end Justin Burke and freshman linebacker T.J. Rothmann were also second-team picks.

Raymond guided the Ephs to a six-win season, the most wins by a Williams team since the Ephs went 8-0 in 2010. That year, former coach Aaron Kelton was named the coach of the year.

"This is a great team award that I will share equally with our coaching staff and our players," Raymond said in a release. "It is a reflection of a great team effort and an outstanding job by the assistant coaches."

Two of the Ephs' six wins came against teams that were leading NESCAC at the time. Maimaron's touchdown pass to Frank Stola on the last play in regulation gave Williams a 27-26 win at Middlebury.

Maimaron's touchdown run in overtime gave the Ephs a 31-24 win over Amherst. The victory cost the Mammoths a NESCAC title and ended a six-game winning streak against the Ephs.

"Bobby had a great year," Raymond said in an understatement. "He played with great poise and confidence."

The NESCAC rookie of the year was 162 for 281 passing for 1,800 yards and 12 touchdowns. The freshman from Duxbury also ran the ball 118 times for 544 yards.

A two-time NESCAC offensive player of the week, Maimaron set a Williams single-game record by rushing for four touchdowns in the win over Amherst.

He is the first rookie of the year from Williams since linebacker Chris Cameron earned the honor in 2009.

Williams' lone first-team selection was defensive tackle Hattar. The senior from Wappingers Falls, N.Y., had 34 tackles — 17 of them solo stops. He had 3 1/2 sacks and four tackles for loss. He forced a fumble and returned another fumble for a 13-yard touchdown in a win at Colby.

"Chris was a huge part of our success. He brought us outstanding leadership and a tireless work ethic," the Eph head coach said of Hattar, one of 10 seniors who were on the Williams roster come the end of the season. "He was always at his best when we needed him most."

The other two freshmen on the second team could be big factors in the future of Williams football.

Rothmann, from Norwell, started nine games at middle linebacker for the Ephs. He was the defensive player of the week when he made 19 tackles and blocked a potential game-tying field goal in a win at Colby.

On the year, he had 83 tackles, 40 of them solo stops. He had 4.5 tackles for loss, broke up six passes and had two interceptions. The 83 tackles led the Ephs and were fourth best in NESCAC.

Burke, from Morristown, N.J., averaged 15 yards per catch. He caught 11 passes for 165 yards, and scored a pair of touchdowns.

The NESCAC offensive player of the year was senior wide receiver Mike Breuler of Wesleyan, and the defensive player of the year was junior defensive end Andrew Yamin of Amehrst.

Breuler led the conference with 1,172 receiving yards, 87 receptions, 9.7 receptions per game, and 130.2 receiving yards per game. His catches and total yards marks are single-season records. He also had a conference-best 10 touchdowns.

Yamin led the conference with 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for lost. His sack total is second in NESCAC history.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, and 413-496-6253.


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