Mass. College Football: Assumption Lands Four Players on BSN Super Region 1 All-Region Teams
After a successful college football campaign this past fall, four members of the Assumption College Greyhounds squad were named to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Super Region 1 All-Region Teams. Below is the release about the four members of the Assumption football team receiving this honor, courtesy of the Assumption Athletics Communication Department:
Worcester, Mass. (December 15) — Four members of the Assumption College football team have been named to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Super Region 1 All-Region Teams, as voted by the region’s head coaches and athletic communications directors. Seniors Derrick Mann (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) and De’Ontray Johnson (San Diego, Calif./Hoover) were named to the First Team, while sophomore Bakari Blunt (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Burke) earned a spot on the Second Team and senior Jack Dustin (Foxboro, Mass./Foxboro) was an Honorable Mention selection.
Mann has earned a number of awards, including being named as the Worcester Area Football Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, along with Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the first time. Now a two-time Northeast-10 Conference First Team All-Conference selection and a New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) All-New England player, he led the Northeast-10 in sacks with 14.5 and tackles for loss with 19.5 stops for 99 yards. This season, Mann piled up 68 tackles on 43 solo stops and 25 assisted tackles while also adding seven quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for 80 yards. Two of those fumble recoveries were taken back for touchdowns, which led the Northeast-10 Conference. He is also a Daktronics Super Region 1 First Team All-Region selection and last week, he was named as a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which is awarded to the “nation’s top small college defensive player.”
Johnson, a Daktronics Second Team All-Region honoree and Worcester Area First Team All-Star, was a Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team return specialist for the first time as well after picking up a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns this season. In 14 kick returns this season, Johnson averaged a league-best 30.8 yards per return for a total of 431 yards on the season. His kickoff return touchdowns were from 91 and 95 yards, including the 95-yard return that came in the regular-season finale at Stonehill.
In addition to his play in the return game, he was the second-leading rusher on the team with 503 yards and four touchdowns in nine games. Johnson ended the season with 971 all-purpose yards, averaging a team-best 107.9 yards per contest.
Blunt, a First Team Worcester All-Star, was also a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference honoree as he finished the season with a team-best four interceptions for 55 yards, including a 52-yard INT return for touchdown in a road win at Merrimack. Blunt finished fifth on the team in total tackles with 68 stops, including 43 solo tackles which tied for the team high. The cornerback also picked up one tackle for loss and a team-high 13 pass breakups, which tied for the Northeast-10 Conference lead.
Dustin was an All-Worcester First Team All-Star and a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference honoree as he started all 11 games for the Hounds. He helped block for the top rushing attack in the Northeast-10 as the Hounds gained an average of 159.7 yards per game on the ground. The Hounds averaged 331.1 yards of total offense per contest and 423.6 all-purpose yards.