Dec. 9, 2009
Sacred Heart senior wide receiver Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) was named to the 2009 FCS All-New England team as selected by the New England Football Writers. Tedesco is joined by Central Connecticut State running back James Mallory and defensive back Marcus Dorsey and Bryant defensive lineman Don Smith in representing the Northeast Conference on this year's team.
The team, which represents all 13 schools, will be honored at the annual New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Casa Di Fior in Wilmington, Mass. This is Tedesco's first appearance on the annual team and he is the second Pioneer in school history to garner All-New England honors. Last season, Tedesco's senior teammate Andre Isla (Brookhaven, NY) received All-New England honors as a cornerback.
The squad of 30 features 28 seniors, one junior and one sophomore. Four conferences are represented with the Colonial Athletic Association sending 12 selections, the Ivy League contributing 10, and the Patriot League and the Northeastern Conference each adding four players.
Tedesco put the finishing touches on a record breaking career by earning All-NEC first team honors for the third consecutive season. He finished the 2009 season leading the conference with 67 receptions for 865 yards. He finished the 2009 season catching a touchdown in seven-straight games to end the season and his single-game program-record 12 receptions, 144 yards, and four scores in SHU's season finale accounted for his 11th career 100-yard receiving day and cemented his place in the Northeast Conference record book. His 229 receptions rank second in the league's history and his 2,848 receiving yards are fourth-best.
The senior standout rewrote the Pioneer record books over his four years. His 11 receiving touchdowns this fall moved him past former SHU running back Ed Priccolo (33) and into the top spot on the program's all-time touchdowns list (37). He also owns school marks for career receptions (229), career receiving yards (2,848), career touchdowns scored (37), career receiving touchdowns (37), receptions in a season (77-2008), touchdown catches in a game (4 vs. Duquesne 11/14/09) and catches in a game (12 - 2x).
2009 FCS All-New England Teams
Defensive Line: James Develin, Brown, Sr.; Don Smith, Bryant, Sr.; Jordan Stevens, Maine, Sr.; Carl Ehrlich, Harvard, Sr.
Linebackers: Paul Rice, Yale, Sr.; Sean Ware, New Hampshire, Sr.; Jon Takamura, Harvard, Sr. LB Marcus Rodriguez, Holy Cross, Sr. DB Terrence Klein, New Hampshire, Sr.
Defensive Backs: Marcus Dorsey, Central Conn., Sr.; Michael Wright, Holy Cross, Sr.; Derrick Barker, Harvard, Sr.; Jeromy Miles, Massachusetts, Sr.
Offensive Line: Paul Jasinowski, Brown, Sr.; James Williams, Harvard, Sr.; Chris Poole, Holy Cross, Sr.; Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts, Sr.; Kevin Newhall, Northeastern, Sr.; Tom Neill, New Hampshire, Sr.
Quarterback: Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, Sr.
Running Backs: James Mallory, Central Conn., Sr.; John Griffin, Northeastern, Jr.; Chris Zardas, Massachusetts, Sr.
Wide Receiver: Buddy Farnham, Brown, Sr.; Steve Tedesco, Sacred Heart, Sr.; Landis Williams, Maine, Sr.; Shawn Leonard, Rhode Island, Sr.
Tight End: Scott Sicko, New Hampshire, Sr.
Kicker: Tom Mante, Yale, Sr.
Return Specialist: Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth, So.