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Maxwell Football Club Announces2011 Tri-State Award Winners
December 29, 2011 (Philadelphia, PA)
The Maxwell Club, the oldest football club in America, announced today that Delaware Valley College head coach Jim Clements has been selected as the winner of the Club's 14th Tri-State Coach of the Year and Rutgers University wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was chosen as the Club's 11th Tri-State Player of the Year.
The three-time reigning Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year, Clements has posted a 51-17 record with four conference championships, one Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Atlantic Bowl title and three trips to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in his six years as head coach. Clements led the Aggies to an 11-1 record and a fourth consecutive (MAC) Conference championship during the 2011 campaign.
Clements is the second Delaware Valley head coach to win the Maxwell Football Club's Tri-State Coach of the Year Award joining former staff mate G.A. Mangus who won the award in 2004. Mangus is now a member of the coaching staff at the University of South Carolina.
Sanu was named the team's most valuable offensive player in addition to winning the Homer Hazel Trophy as team MVP Sunday. He was a unanimous selection for All-BIG EAST First Team honors following his record-setting season. He shattered the school and conference single-season receptions record with 109 in 2011, ranking fifth nationally. Sanu, who is second in Rutgers history in career receptions with 204, totaled 109 receptions for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 regular season games in 2011.
Sanu is fifth nationally with 109 receptions in 2011. He has gone over the 100-yard mark in seven games in 2011 and has six games of double-digit receptions this season. He was named as an All-American selection by SI.com and by Phil Steele's College Football magazine.
After shuffling between New Jersey and his parents' native Sierra Leone as a child, Sanu eventually settled in and starred at South Brunswick High School before enrolling at Rutgers University in 2009. He joins former Scarlet Knights Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) and Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans) as recipients of the Tri-State Player of the Year award.
Clements and Sanu will be honored Friday, March 2, 2012 at the 75th Maxwell Club National Awards Gala which will be held at the Harrah's Atlantic City Resort. Also receiving awards at this event will be; Andrew Luck - Stanford University (Maxwell Award), Tyrann Mathieu - LSU (Chuck Bednarik Award), and Archie Manning - National Football Foundation (Francis "Reds" Bagnell Award). The Maxwell Football Club will announce the winners of the Bert Bell Award (Professional Player of the Year) and Earl "Greasy" Neale Award (Professional Coach of the Year) on January 10, 2012.
Tickets for the Maxwell Football Club National Awards Gala are available for purchase on the Club's website www.maxwellfootballclub.org or by calling 215-643-3833.
Questions concerning any of the Maxwell Football Club's awards or programs can be directed to MFC Executive Director Mark Wolpert at firstname.lastname@example.org.