Continentals place five on all-NESCAC football team

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Five Hamilton College athletes were selected for the 2018 NESCAC Football All-Conference Team on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

2018 All-NESCAC Football Team

Sam Robinson '20 (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS) and Billy Wagner '20 (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes HS) were voted to the first team on special teams for the second year in a row. Joe Schmidt '20 (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell HS) and A.J. Rattee '21 (Northfield, N.H./Tilton School) were placed on the second team on offense. Colby Jones '19 (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan HS) made the second team on defense for the second straight year.

Robinson was second in the conference with a 24.5-yard average on 32 kickoff returns including a long of 84 yards. His 785 return yards set a NESCAC single-season record. He also averaged 6.9 yards on 13 punt returns with a long of 21 yards. Robinson ended up fifth in the NESCAC with 111.1 all-purpose yards per game.

Wagner was second in the conference with an average of 37.7 yards per punt and he placed 17 of his 57 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. His longest punt went for 59 yards, he forced six fair catches and didn't have any of his punts blocked.

Schmidt was on the all-NESCAC first team at wide receiver last year. In 2018 he ended up second in the conference with 52 receptions, seventh with 472 yards and ninth with 52.4 yards per game. He averaged 9.1 yards per catch and had two touchdown receptions. He also added 77 yards rushing on 10 carries with one touchdown. Schmidt is second on the program's all-time list with 135 career receptions and 1,584 yards receiving.

Rattee started all nine games on the offensive line at right guard. He helped lead the offense to more than 150 yards rushing in five games including 292 at Bates College in the season finale -- the most for the Continentals in a game since 2004.

Jones finished third with 44 solo tackles, seventh with 65 total stops and ninth with 7.2 tackles per game in nine starts at free safety. His two interceptions helped Hamilton lead the conference with 13 picks. Jones finished his collegiate career with 189 tackles, nine interceptions and eight pass breakups in 32 games.