Cambridge, Mass. – The New England football Writers have announced the organization’s 2019 season award winners with players and coaches from six different institutions honored.
The Jerry Nason Award for the senior football player in New England who succeeds in football against all odds will be presented to Chad Shade. Shade, a quarterback, went down with a season-ending back injury in the first game of the season during his sophomore year, before his junior season was cut short five games in after he suffered a broken leg. An all-region centerfielder with Springfield’s baseball program, Shade tore his hamstring during the Pride's annual spring break trip to Florida, ending his baseball season. In 2019 Shade started all 10 games under center running for 771 yards and eight touchdowns, while tossing seven touchdowns and 456 yards on 19 completions as part of the Pride's triple option offense.
The Coach of the Year awards are presented to Dartmouth College head coach Buddy Teevens and WPI coach Chris Robertson. Teevens is the recipient of the Jack Grinold University Division award for leading the Big Green to the co-championship of the Ivy League with a 9-1 record. Robertson earned the College Division award by directing WPI to a 10-1 record and the co-championship of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.
Players from Yale University and Stonehill College will receive the Season Gold Helmet Awards presented to the player of the year in the University and College Divisions. Yale University senior quarterback Kurt Rawlings is the University Division recipient and Stonehill running back Justin Felder will accept the College Division Award. Rawlings Passed for 3,002 yards in 10 games for the 9-1 Bulldogs and rushed for an additional 314. He was responsible for 35 touchdowns. Felder, a sophomore, did not start until Stonehill’s third game, yet still rushed for 1,531 yards and set six school offensive records.
The Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award will be presented to Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. The Agganis/Zimman Award is presented to the most outstanding player in New England. Dillon becomes the first two-time recipient of the award rushing for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns his junior season.
The George Carens Award for contributions to football in New England goes to long-time Natick High School coach Tom Lamb. Lamb has also worked as a roving coach for the City of Boston schools and an assistant coach at Boston English High School. He recently returned to the sidelines as the freshman football coach at Natick.
The recipients will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 12, at Rosaria Restaurant and Function Facility in Saugus, Mass. Tickets are $60/person and are available only by credit card at https://newenglandfootballwriters.com/captains-%26-awards-banquet.
People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781‐891‐2334 so tables can be assigned.