WESTWOOD, Mass. – Six Norwich University football players were newly crowned as All-Conference honorees by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in a press release distributed on Thursday morning by the conference office.
Freshman wide receiver Trevor Chase (Eliot, Maine) was dubbed the NEWMAC's 2019 Rookie of the Year. Junior wideout Manni Romero (Phillipsburg, N.J.) and senior defensive back Brasean Stewart (Bronx, N.Y.) were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team. Romero earned Second Team recognition as well for his role on the Cadets special teams' unit and was joined by junior quarterback Matt Dunn (Rockland, Mass.) and senior defensive back Michael Corinna (Milford, Mass.).
Chase is the second-consecutive rookie receiver to have received the major honor for the Cadets. Romero and Stewart repeat as All-Conference First Teamers with Stewart receiving his third-straight appearance on an All-Conference squad having earned Second Team honors in 2017. Corinna lands on the Second Team for the second-consecutive year.
Chase was a revelation to the Cadets' offense and receiving corps from the moment he stepped on the field in the opening game in 2019. The freshman wideout led the team in receptions (64) while setting a program record with 13 catches against St. Lawrence. He totaled 788 yards and tied for the team lead in touchdowns (10) while ranking second overall in the NEWMAC in touchdown grabs.
Romero cemented his status as a big-play threat leading Norwich receivers by posting 60 receptions for 1,235 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. He registered seven touchdowns that went for more than 30 yards and five that went for more than 50 yards. He recorded eight games this season with more than 100 yards receiving. Romero ranked second in the NCAA Division III in receiving yards, fifth in receiving yards per game (123.5) and tied for 26th in touchdowns during the regular season. He also excelled in his role as a returner on special teams ranking third in the nation in punt return yards (263) and 19th in all-purpose yards (1,605).
Stewart once again locked down the right corner spot for the Cadets playing in nine games and totaling 44 tackles, an interception, and eight pass breakups. His best performance of the year came against Merchant Marine in week six when he totaled 12 tackles, four solo along with a pass breakup. He was tasked with the unenviable job of covering the opposing team's best receiver and due to his reputation as a top cover corner, was tested infrequently throughout the season. Despite the few targets thrown in his direction, he tied for second in the NEWMAC with six pass breakups in conference play.
Dunn shone in his second year under center breaking several program records along the way. His 2,934 passing yards and 23 touchdowns were both new program standards established by the junior quarterback in 2019. Dunn also set new records for completions in a game (34), completions in a season (213), and most yards of total offense (2977). His best game of the season came in a 52-10 win over Maine Maritime in which he completed 20-of-25 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns. Dunn eclipsed 300 yards passing six times while hitting on over 56 percent of his targets.
Corinna once again provided stellar coverage and excellent run support pairing with Stewart in the defensive backfield. The senior registered 36 tackles including four for loss and a pair of interceptions on the year. Much like Stewart, Corinna was ultra-reliable in pass coverage breaking up five attempted throws throughout the season. He was tied for tenth in the NEWMAC with five pass breakups.
Representing Norwich on the annual All-Sportsmanship team was senior Ryan Reed (Ballston Spa, N.Y.). The All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each team who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship and exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. The award is intended to recognize the student-athlete on each team that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his overall performance or statistics for the season.