Thursday, December 18, 2008

Honors rolling in for Abare

A day after Bobby Abare was named to the Football Championship Subdivision All-American second team by the Associated Press, the Yale senior linebacker was the only Ivy League player named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-American team

Here's the release from Yale

Bobby Abare ( Acton , Mass. ), one of the most decorated defensive players in the history of Yale football, added another honor to his resume when he was selected to the 2008 American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team.

Abare, a senior LB who captained the 2008 Bulldogs, was the only Ivy League player to make the 25-man squad after leading Yale to a second straight year with the nation’s top scoring defense. The Bulldogs allowed just over 10 points per game last fall.

Recently named the co-recipient of the Bulger Lowe Award (New England MVP) by the Gridiron Club of Boston and a Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American, Abare was honorable mention All-America in 2007. He is a finalist for the 2008 Buck Buchanan Award as the top FCS defensive player. Yale’s last first-team All-America pick was Ed McCarthy ’07 in 2006.

He owns the school records for interceptions by a linebacker (10) and touchdowns by a defensive player (4). Abare, a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick, led the Blue in tackles the last three falls while his teams went 23-7 and captured a 2006 Ivy League title.

2008 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team
Offense
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School
WR Andre Roberts 5-11 175 Jr. The Citadel WR Ramses Barden* 6-6 227 Sr. Cal Poly
TE John Nalbone 6-4 255 Sr. Monmouth
OL Nick Hennessey 6-6 300 Sr. Colgate
OL Raphael Nguti 6-7 330 Sr. Albany
OL Aaron Lockwood 6-2 303 Sr. Southern Illinois
OL Demario Deese 6-4 305 Sr. Gardner-Webb
OL Brad Samsa 6-3 290 Sr. Youngstown St.
QB Armanti Edwards 6-0 184 Jr. Appalachian St.
RB Javarris Williams 5-11 215 Sr. Tennessee St. RB Herb Donaldson 5-11 225 Sr. Western Illinois
Defense
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School
DL James Ruffin 6-4 265 Jr. Northern Iowa
DL Jovan Belcher 6-2 228 Sr. Maine
DL Greg Miller 6-3 250 Sr. Villanova
DL Greg Peach 6-3 255 Sr. Eastern Washington
LB Jason Williams* 6-3 235 Sr. Western Illinois
LB Marcellus Speaks 6-2 230 Sr. Jackson St.
LB Bobby Abare 6-2 220 Sr. Yale
DB Lardarius Webb 5-10 205 Sr. Nicholls St.
DB William Middleton 5-11 186 Sr. Furman
DB Dontrell Miller 5-8 175 Jr. Tennessee-Martin
DB Colt Anderson 5-11 195 Sr. Montana
Specialists
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School
P Doug Spada 6-1 190 Jr. Southeast Missouri St.
PK Robbie Dehaze 6-3 193 Sr. Northern Arizona
AP Scotty McGee 5-9 180 Jr. James Madison
*-2007 AFCA All-American

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