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Slowley named 2 nd team All conference

Posted Monday, November 16, 2009 by southern Conn athletics
Greg Tuba was named the Northeast-10 Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Thirteen Members Of Football Program Take Home Year-End Honors From Northeast-10 Conference
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Thanks to a campaign the saw it claim at least of share of the Northeast-10 Conference title for the second time in the past four years, 13 members of the Southern Connecticut State University football team have been recognized with year end honors from the league. Four Owls – Jarom Freeman (Peekskill, N.Y.), Eric Holter (Milford, Conn.), Martin Manson (Bloomfield, Conn.) and Greg Tuba (Monroe, Conn.) – collected First-Team All-Conference honors. Daniel Allen (Bridgeport, Conn.), Peter DiGangi (Cheshire, Conn.), James Economou (Coram, N.Y.), Richard Kirkland (Paterson, N.J.), Jerome Pinckney(Ellenwood, Ga.), Andrew Pratt (West Haven, Conn.), Rashaad Slowley (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and John Wiechman (Buxton, Maine) were all tabbed for Second-Team All-Conference honors. Redshirt freshman Willie Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) was also named to the league’s All-Rookie Team. In addition, the Owls were also represented in terms of major award winners, as Tuba was selected as the Offensive Lineman of the Year. 

Freeman collected All-Conference honors for the third time in his career, including his second First-Team recognition. Despite being hampered by injury for the entire season, he still posted four games with at least 100 yards and closed the year with 708 yards rushing. Freeman ends his career at SCSU ranked seventh on the Northeast-10 career rushing list with 3,360 yards. 

Holter also takes home All-Conference honors for the third straight year, with this marking his first selection to the First-Team. He posted 14 tackles (eight solo) while constantly causing havoc from his spot on the defensive line. Holter finishes his career ranked fifth all-time on the Owls’ sack chart with 18.5. 

Manson, who caps his career as a four-time All-Conference pick, also earns First-Team honors for the third straight season at defensive back. He becomes just the second Owl in program history to capture All-NE-10 accolades four times, joining Sir Snowden (2001-04) with that honor. He finished the season ranked fifth on the team with 37 tackles and was fourth with 24 solo stops. Manson added two interceptions, a fumble recovery and three passes defended. 

Tuba was the anchor of the Owls’ offensive line this year. A nominee for the Gene Upshaw Award, given to the top lineman by the Manheim Touchdown Club, he helped lead an offense that ranked first in the league in red zone efficiency and third down conversions, and second in the NE-10 in scoring offense (34.3 ppg), rushing offense and total offense. Three of the top eight rushers in the Northeast-10 followed the lead of Tuba and his fellow linemen this year. 

Allen enjoyed a breakout season as a junior, one that saw him provide a presence off the edge. He registered 32 tackles (17 solo) and led the club in sacks (four) and quarterback hurries (seven). Allen was also third on the team with seven tackles for loss. 

DiGangi thrived in a starting role this year and proved pivotal as both a blocker and a receiver from the tight end position. He tallied 19 catches for 223 yards on the season (11.7 yards per catch). In setting new career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, DiGangi also provided strong protection for the Owls’ quarterbacks and running backs. 

Economou captures All-Conference honors for the second year in a row. He solidified the offensive line once again from his starting role. Economou also played a key role within an offense that ranked first in the league in red zone efficiency and third down conversions, and second in the NE-10 in scoring offense, rushing offense and total offense. 

Kirkland stepped into an increased role in the secondary this year and emerged during the season’s second half. He led the team with three interceptions and was sixth among all defenders with 33 stops (20 solo). Kirkland was also second on the club with four passes defended. 

Pinckney was lauded with All-Conference honors for the second year in a row. He ranked second on the team in five categories – tackles (79), tackles for loss (7.5), sacks (three), passes defended (four) and interceptions (two). Pinckney actually tallied 12 more tackles this year than last season, when he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. 

Pratt’s All-Conference recognition is the first in a distinguished collegiate career for the tenacious linebacker. He led the club in tackles with 85 tackles (58 solo), marking the third time in his four years that he was the tops on the club in that department. For his career, he finishes third all-time at SCSU with 301 tackles. That figure is also the eighth-best in Northeast-10 Conference history. 

Slowley become a key factor in the Owls’ balanced ground attack this season. Just a sophomore, he finished the year tops on the team and fifth in the Northeast-10 Conference with 849 yards (7.9 per carry). Slowley also caught four passes on the year and registered six touchdowns. 

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