Norwich holds annual end-of-season banquet

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Junior DB Colby LeClerc received the newly
renamed Shawn McIntyre Special Teams
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NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University football team held its annual awards banquet this past Saturday (Jan. 29) at Plumley Armory to cap off the 2010 season.

The event featured a speech by Col. Stephen V. Smith, a recap of the team's 8-3 season and the presentation
of varsity letters and a handful of individual awards.

The Coach Barry Mynter Most Dedicated Player Award was presented to senior DL Chris Roberto. Roberto recorded 36 total tackles in six games, before a knee injury cut short his final collegiate season. He was on pace to record 60 total tackles, which would have put him amongst NU's leaders. 

The Coach Joe Sabol Most Improved Player Award was given out to junior DB Sean Stone. The Hartford, Vt., native went from recording only three total tackles as a sophomore special teams player to ranking fifth on
the team in 2010 with 53 total tackles. Stone seamlessly step into the starting safety role that was vacated by
the graduation of standout DB Donovan Brown.

Stone also had a team-high four interceptions, which left him tied for the conference lead, and ranked second on the team by recording 40 solo stops.

The Coach Mike Yesalonia Team MVP Award was given to all the senior and starting offensive linemen. The unit blocked for the nation's sixth-ranked rushing attack and helped junior RB Andrew Fulford break the 1,000-yard plateau.

The team's special teams award was renamed the Shawn McIntyre Special Teams Award in honor of the departing head coach. Junior DB Colby Leclerc was named the recipient of the award. LeClerc recorded 12 tackles, primarily on special teams, and had a 37-yard run on a fake punt to help seal the team's victory over Gallaudet.

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