WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Brett McEvoy (Wrentham, Mass.), along with sophomore Sam Gallant (Gardner, Mass.) and freshman Jaylen Encarnacion (Pawtucket, R.I.), were named to the 27th Annual Steve 'Merc' Morris All-Star Team, which was announced by the Worcester Area Football Association Wednesday.
McEvoy – the program's all-time leading tackler with 385 – appears on the Worcester Area All-Star Team for the third time, including two First Team nods (2015 & 2017). He led the Bison and finished second in the conference in tackles with 115 (41 solo) and recorded 10-or-more tackles in seven contests, including a season-high 15 against Westfield State on Sept. 1 and again against Endicott on Nov. 4. Named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) First Team earlier this month, McEvoy led the CCC in fumble recoveries (four) and also collected seven tackles for loss. He also owns several punting records at NC, including punts (207) and yards (7,237).
Encarnacion was fourth on the Bison in tackles with 61 (25 solo). He picked up his first collegiate sack against Anna Maria on Sept. 9 and also brought down the QB once against the Hawks and Western New England on Nov. 11. Encarnacion racked up 10 tackles on three occasions: Coast Guard (Sept. 16), Salve Regina (Oct. 14), and Becker. Encarnacion was named to the CCC Second Team as a linebacker following the season.
Gallant appeared in 10 games as a member of the offensive line and earned Worcester Area All-Star Second Team honors. The Bison rushed for over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017 behind Gallant, who played primarily at left guard.
The Worcester Area Football Association All-Star Team is named in the memory of Steve 'Merc' Morris, the longtime Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations and Assumption Hall of Famer. 'Merc' was a 1972 graduate of Assumption and was a member of the athletics staff for 39 years before passing away in January of 2011. In addition to being the founder of the Worcester Area Association All-Star program, he was a tireless supporter of collegiate athletics in the Worcester area and had a key role in the lives of thousands of student-athletes.
The Bison finished the 2017 campaign 2-8 overall (0-5 CCC).