After each laying claim to at least one portion of the Merrimack College football record book this fall, three Warriors were recognized for their prolific seasons and earned spots on the Beyond Sports Network All-America Teams, as announced Thursday by the organization.
Senior quarterback Joe Clancy (Newburyport, Mass.) and running back Quinn McDonough (Medford, Mass.), as well as sophomore wide receiver Jere Brown (Freeport, N.Y.) all earned All-American status by the publication; McDonough was named a Third-Team All-American at the kick returner position, while Clancy and Brown each found a spot on the Honorable Mention squad at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively.
After establishing himself as one of the top special teams and all-purpose backs in the country, McDonough received much-deserved recognition this fall and earned a spot on the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team Offense as well. The Medford, Mass., native ranked 16th nationally averaging 168.82 all-purpose yards per game, and 26th nationally averaging 26.1 yards per return. He tied the school record for longest kickoff return when he took the first kickoff of the year to the house for 97 yards against Wagner, and set single-season records in kickoff returns (29) and kickoff return yards (758). He finishes his career ranked third in all-time record books for career kickoff return yards (1,333).
Earning his first All-American distinction, Clancy adds to his incredible resume after already being named the Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and earning a spot on the NE-10 All-Conference First Team. The gunslinger also was named the Gridiron Football Club of Greater Boston Co-Offensive Player of the Year and was Merrimack’s lone representative on the New England Football Writers All-New England Team, and also was named to the Daktronics All-Super Region I Second Team Offense. He finished with 4,116 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and averaged 374.2 yards per game, becoming the first passer in league history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in a single season.
Finally, Brown burst onto the scene as a sophomore after cementing his spot as one of Clancy’s favorite targets and one of the league – and country’s – elite receivers. A Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team and Daktronics All-Super Region I Second Team honoree, the Freeport, N.Y., native hauled in 86 receptions for 1,186 yards and 17 touchdowns, tying the single-season record in TD grabs in the process. He ranked second nationally in receiving touchdowns, 18th in receiving yards, 17th in receiving yards per game, 12th in receptions per game (7.8) and 21st in total scoring.