Five Hamilton football players on the all-NESCAC team

Five Hamilton football players on the all-NESCAC team

Five Hamilton College student-athletes have been selected for the 2017 NESCAC Football All-Conference Team, which was released on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

2017 All-NESCAC Football Team

Joe Schmidt '20 (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell HS) made the first team on offense, Tyler Hudson '19 (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro HS) was voted to the first team on defense, and Billy Wagner '20 (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes HS) and Sam Robinson '20 (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS) were placed on the first team on special teams. Colby Jones '19 (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan HS) picked up second team honors on defense.

Schmidt led the conference with 10 touchdown receptions. The wide receiver was second with 811 yards, third with 55 receptions and fourth with 14.7 yards per catch. He set program single-season records for touchdown catches and yards, and tied another team mark with the 55 receptions. He was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17 after he tied a team record with four touchdown catches and added a career-best 214 yards on eight receptions in an overtime loss at Tufts University.

Hudson collected first team honors last year as a defensive end. He moved to linebacker this season and led the conference with 65 solo tackles and four fumble recoveries. Hudson ended up second with 92 total stops, including 2.5 sacks, and forced a fumble. He was named a NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17 after he was credited with 19 tackles -- the most for a Hamilton player since 2011 -- half a sack and a fumble recovery.

Wagner led the conference with an average of 41.2 yards per punt and his 76-yard punt at Middlebury College on November 4 was the longest in the NESCAC this fall. He placed 15 of his 53 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

Robinson averaged 21.8 yards per kick return and 13.6 yards on punt returns. He returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in the season-ending win against Bates College on November 11 and ran off a season-best 51-yard punt return at Middlebury. It was the Continentals' first kickoff return for a touchdown in three years. Robinson ended up ninth in the conference with just under 100 all-purpose yards per contest.

Jones was picked as a NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on November 12 after the win against Bates. The free safety made a career-high 12 tackles, returned an interception 24 yards, recovered a fumble and blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt. Jones finished the season in eighth place in the conference with 7.9 tackles per game, forced a fumble and picked off two passes.

Hamilton went 3-2 in its last five games with wins against Bowdoin College, Colby College and Bates.