CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University football team gathered with administrators, family members, and supporters Sunday morning for the annual banquet, once again taking place in Glenbrook Gym.
Head coach Tony Volpone and members of his coaching staff took turns acknowledging those who helped the team post a winning conference record for the fourth consecutive year. Volpone remarked that, while there were ups and downs throughout the season, there was no "drama" within the squad, making the 2017 season an enjoyable one for the fourth-year head coach.
The players voted on the team awards, including the Spartan Award, which was received by junior John Hamme for his dedication to the program both in practice and during games as a tight end and special teams player. Junior Jackie Jillett earned the Scholar-Athlete Award after posting a 4.0 grade point average while helping other players improve their academic standing.
On the field, junior running back Moe Harris was named Offensive Player of the Year after setting single-season school records for most carries (269), most rushing yards (1,180), and most touchdowns (16). On the other side of the ball, senior linebacker Jakob Trautwein was named Defensive Player of the Year, as he led the team and the conference in tackles for the second straight season.
Two freshmen were recognized for their immediate contributions to the Spartan program. Mike Morgan was named Special Teams Player of the Year after averaging 34.3 yards per punt and pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line 15 times during the season. Jared Brockway received the Impact Player award, as he caught 14 passes for 144 yards, plus he became the starting punt returner, returning 16 punts during the year for the Spartans.
Volpone also announced the five men who would serve as captains for the 2018 season: Ryan Barry (elected captain for the second straight year), Mitchell Caron, Grant Cummings, John Hamme, and Ethan Sherwood. According to Volpone, all captain candidates went through an interview process by members of the Castleton community before their names were submitted to the team for a final vote.
Castleton is scheduled to open the season at home Saturday, Sept. 1, against Plymouth State. The complete schedule, including kickoff times, will be announced as soon as it is finalized later this spring.