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McAllister, Wirth, Beaton receive All-NESCAC recognition

Kyle McAllister

Sean Wirth

Tom Beaton

HADLEY, Mass. -- Three seniors on the Bates College football team were awarded spots on the 2009 NESCAC Football All-Conference teams, announced on Wednesday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Safety Kyle McAllister was a First Team Defense selection for the second straight year, while Sean Wirth was named to the First Team Offense. Wide receiver Tom Beaton was named to the Second Team Offense.

McAllister (Exeter, N.H.), who established himself as one of the top defensive playmakers since assuming the Bobcats' starting safety role as a sophomore, finished the season with 36 tackles (24 solo), two interceptions, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery, while opposing coaches and quarterbacks tried to keep the ball out of his extensive range. The co-captain's play and reputation helped Bates rank a healthy fourth in the conference in pass defense. McAllister also averaged 18.1 yards on 17 kickoff returns and 9.8 yards on four punt returns, and was named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week after his 45-yard kickoff return helped set up a fourth-quarter touchdown for Bates in their 28-24 win over Bowdoin on Nov. 7. After three seasons as a regular in the Bates lineup, McAllister finished his career with 141 tackles (92 solo), 11 interceptions, 22 passes defended, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He is Bates' first two-time member of the All-NESCAC football team since Terence Ryan '07 in 2006.

Wirth (Barrington, R.I.) led all tight ends in the NESCAC in 2009 in receptions (40) and receiving yards (393), both career highs. He tied for eighth in the league in catches per game (5.0). An excellent blocker as well as receiver, Wirth's best games in 2009 included a 10-catch, 102-yard outing at Williams and eight receptions, 62 yards and a touchdown against Trinity. Over his three years as a Bobcat, Wirth totaled 82 receptions, 770 yards and six touchdowns. The 6-foot-7 Wirth is also one of the top veterans on the Bates men's basketball team.

Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) receives his first all-conference award after serving as arguably the team's top offensive weapon over the past three years. A team co-captain, Beaton set career highs in 2009 in receptions (35) and receiving yards (453) as well as rushing yards (130) and total touchdowns (5). He ranked 10th in the conference in receiving yards per game (56.6) and ninth in all-purpose yards per game (104.0). Over four years, three as a regular, Beaton finished his football career with 92 catches for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns. The part-time quarterback also rushed for 319 yards and four touchdowns in his career, and he completed 21 of 35 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Beaton scored 12 touchdowns over the past three years. Also an effective kick returner, Beaton finished his career with 2,083 all-purpose yards, including 103 on punt returns and 549 on kickoff returns.

View the NESCAC Football All-Conference Team release (PDF)