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Maine Football Honored for Best Season in School History.

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ORONO, Maine -- Coach Cosgrove and 10 members of the University of Maine football team were honored with Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference team selections as well as a trio of individual awards, as announced on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Highlighting the accolades was head coach Jack Cosgrove's selection as the CAA Coach of the Year and redshirt freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba (Montreal, Que.) earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) honored with the Chuck Boone Leadership Award.

First team recognition went to quarterback Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.), tight end Justin Perillo (Wilmington, Del.), offensive lineman Jeff Gakos (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Mulumba, corner back Kendall James (Roselle, N.J.) and kicker Sean Decloux (Ottawa, Ontario).

Offensive lineman Joe Hook (Westfield, Mass.) and defensive lineman Michael Cole (North Brunswick, N.J.) were named to the second team while wide receiver John Ebeling (Mahwah, N.J.) and defensive lineman Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine) were honored to the third team.

After being selected eighth in the CAA Football preseason poll, head coach Jack Cosgrove led the Black Bears to a 10-2 regular season and a 7-1 mark in the CAA. Coach Cosgrove guided the Black Bears to the CAA title for the first time in school history, earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA FCS playoffs where Maine will host its first ever postseason contest. Cosgrove, previously a two-time Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year (1996, 2001), is an Eddie Robinson Award finalist for the third time and earned the program's 500th win when the Black Bears defeated FBS foe Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium.

Mulumba, a Jerry Rice Award finalist and four-time CAA Rookie of the Week award winner, finished the season with a team-high 105 tackles, good for seventh most in the league. Mulumba recorded a pair of interceptions to go along with 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. In Maine's win at Albany, Mulumba recorded 19-tackles which was the single game

Wasilewski orchestrated a Black Bear offense which finished the regular season averaging 429.8 yards per game (ypg) while ranking second in the league in pass offense (253.7). Wasilewski had a historic season for Maine as he went 255-for-370 for 3,009 yards with 23 touchdowns. The senior quarterback also rushed 141 times for 620 yards and three scores. Wasilewski is just the second quarterback in Black Bear history to throw for 3,000+ yards in a season. Wasilewski, the recipient of the CAA Chuck Boone Leadership Award, currently has 5,384 passing yards (7th all-time at Maine) and is just the seventh quarterback in Maine history to surpass 5,000 yards passing. Wasilewski was named CAA Player of the Week following his performance against William & Mary. Wasilewski was also named the winner of the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award, which is presented to the CAA Football player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in his academic and athletic achievements and is voted on by the athletic directors of the league's 11 member institutions. Wasilewski has not only excelled on the field but he has also excelled in the classroom with a 3.4 cumulative GPA and undertaken various initiatives that include organizing a team-wide summer plan in 2013 and using his major in kinesiology and physical education to revamp several training and sports medicine methods to better the well-being of his fellow student-athletes.

Perillo receives his second-straight first team selection and third overall postseason honor. Maine's senior tight end had 37 catches for 461-yards and three touchdowns. Perillo, who averaged 46.1 yards per game, went over the 100 catch mark and 1,000 yard receiving mark for his career in Maine's game at Northwestern. On Sept. 28, Perillo was named College Football Performance Awards FCS Tight End of the Week.

Gakos has started 34 games at left guard for the Black Bears, second most among active Black Bears. Gakos helped anchor an offensive line which ranked second in the league in pass offense (253.7), fifth in scoring offense (30.0), fifth in total offense (429.8) and fifth in rushing offense (176.2). Gakos assisted in paving the way for three 600+ yard rushers for the Black Bears.

James, who receives his second All-CAA honor (third team in 2011). led a Maine secondary which allowed a league-low 165.4 passing yards per game. James totaled 34 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, to go along with two interceptions, eight pass breakups and blocked a field goal attempt. James, Maine's active leader in games started at 37, recorded his 100th career unassisted tackle earlier in the year.

Decloux broke Maine's single season made field goal record after knocking through his 14th field goal of the year in the final game of the season. The sophomore kicker, a CAA Special Teamer of the Week award winner, hit 73.7% of his attempts on the year and was 4-for-6 from 40+ yards. Decloux's longest field goal of the year was from 42-yards in which he did twice; one against William & Mary and one at Villanova.

Cole, a 2011 second team selection, finished the regular season ranked second in the CAA in sacks per game (0.89). Cole, who totaled 8.0 sacks in nine games, currently has 29.0 sacks and is the all-time sack leader at Maine. Cole spearheaded Maine's pass rush while accumulating 24 tackles, including 11.0 for loss, to go along with three pass breakups, a forced fumble and tallied his first career interception. Cole ranked fourth in the league in tackles for loss, averaging 1.22 per game.

Hook, who started all 11 games at right tackle, has started 33 career games for the Black Bears. Like fellow senior Gakos, helped anchor an offensive line which ranked second in the league in pass offense (253.7), fifth in scoring offense (30.0), fifth in total offense (429.8) and fifth in rushing offense (176.2). Gakos assisted in paving the way for three 600+ yard rushers for the Black Bears.

Ebeling led the Black Bears in receiving yards (634) and tied for lead in receiving touchdowns (5) while hauling in 58 catches and averaging 52.8 receiving yards per game. Ebeling, who ranked tenth in the league in receptions per game (4.8), also added 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Bates ranked fourth on the team in total tackles (52) and third in tackles for loss (9.0) while adding four sacks, two forced fumbles, a pass breakup and a blocked kick. Bates, who receives his first CAA accolade, came up with a sack-fumble to seal Maine's win at Albany and had 10 tackles, including a pair of sacks, in Maine's win over Delaware.

Maine will host a NCAA playoff game for the first time in school history on Dec. 7 at 2 PM. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Maine ticket office at 1-800-756-TEAM.

Aaron Jackson

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Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sp...

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