ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Dec. 1 – Brian Doyle, a sophomore linebacker on the Erie Community College football team, was named the Region III Defensive Player of the Year, announced today by the Region III football committee.
Doyle (Syracuse, N.Y./G.W. Fowler) led the Kats with 74 tackles, including a team-high seven tackles-for-loss. He was recently named as a first-team selection to the All-Northeast Football Conference squad.
Joining Doyle on the All-Region III team were: defensive lineman Malik Thompson, defensive back Dan Louis, running back Deonta Winston, running back J.J. Dickey and wide receiver Zak Echols.
- Thompson, a sophomore from Baltimore, Md./William Penn, made 38 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks. He also forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass on his way to being named a third-team All-NEFC pick.
- Louis, a freshman from Lake Worth, Fla./Lake Worth, led ECC with five interceptions and five pass breakups to go with 21 tackles. He was a second-team all-conference performer.
- Winston, a freshman from Baltimore, Md./Patterson, led the Kats with 528 rushing yards. A first-team All-NEFC selection, he had two games rushing for 100-or-more yards.
- Dickey, a freshman from Salem, N.J./Delcastle, ran for 449 yards. A second-team All-NEFC choice, he led ECC with six rushing touchdowns. He also recorded two games of rushing for 100-or-more yards and had two other games of rushing for 90-or-more yards.
- Echols, a freshman from Rockey River, Ohio/Rockey River, led ECC with 15 receptions for 216 yards. He also averaged 19.6 yards on 18 kickoff returns and had the team high in punt return yards.