BOSTON, Mass. -- Yale Football seniors Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) and Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) were named to the 2009 FCS All-New England Team as selected by the New England Football Writers.
The team, which represents all 13 schools in New England, will be honored at the annual New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Casa Di Fior in Wilmington, Mass.
Rice, a linebacker, and Mante, who punted and served as placekicker, were 2009 first-team All-Ivy League picks who made their first All-New England squad this year.
The team captain, Rice led the Elis with 49 solo tackles and 74 overall. He also had a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss. He was also a key special teams player who served as a blocking back for Mante on punts. Rice had two rushing attempts for 53 yards off fake punts in 2009. One went 40 yards for the game's only score in a win at Lehigh.
Mante, a two-time All-Ivy player at both positions, led the Ancient Eight with a 41.2 punting average that included 10 over 50 yards and 17 that landed inside the 20-yard line. He tied the league record with a 54-yard FG against Cornell and had a 50-yarder at Georgetown the week before.
The New England squad of 30 features 28 seniors, one junior and one sophomore. Four conferences are represented with the Colonial Athletic Association sending 12, the Ivy League contributing 10 and the Patriot League and the Northeastern Conference each adding four players.
2009 ALL-NEW ENGLAND TEAM
DL James Develin Brown Sr.
DL Don Smith Bryant Sr.
DL Jordan Stevens Maine Sr.
DL Carl Ehrlich Harvard Sr.
LB Paul Rice Yale Sr.
LB Sean Ware New Hampshire Sr.
LB Jon Takamura Harvard Sr.
LB Marcus Rodriguez Holy Cross Sr.
DB Terrence Klein New Hampshire Sr.
DB Marcus Dorsey Central Conn. Sr.
DB Michael Wright Holy Cross Sr.
DB Derrick Barker Harvard Sr.
DB Jeromy Miles Massachusetts Sr.
OL Paul Jasinowski Brown Sr.
OL James Williams Harvard Sr.
OL Chris Poole Holy Cross Sr.
OL Vladimir Ducasse Massachusetts Sr.
OL Kevin Newhall Northeastern Sr.
OL Tom Neill New Hampshire Sr.
QB Dominic Randolph Holy Cross Sr.
RB James Mallory Central Conn. Sr.
RB John Griffin Northeastern Jr.
FB Chris Zardas Massachusetts Sr.
WR Buddy Farnham Brown Sr.
WR Steve Tedesco Sacred Heart Sr.
WR Landis Williams Maine Sr.
WR Shawn Leonard Rhode Island Sr.
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Sr.
KS Tom Mante Yale Sr.
RS Shawn Abuhoff Dartmouth So.