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Upton, Riley, Williams named to All-NESCAC football team

From left to right, Mark Upton, Mark Riley and Brandon Williams were named All-NESCAC on Nov. 24, 2015. 

HADLEY, Mass. -- Mark Upton and Mark Riley repeated as All-NESCAC selections, and Brandon Williams received his first all-conference honor as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the 2015 NESCAC Football All-Conference Teams on Tuesday.

Upton (Winthrop, Mass.), a junior linebacker, repeated as a First Team Defense selection. Riley (Needham, Mass.), a senior wide receiver, and Williams (Gardner, Mass.) a junior cornerback, were both named Second Team All-NESCAC.

Upton ranked second in the NESCAC in tackles for the second consecutive year, with 71. He led the conference in forced fumbles for the second year in a row, with three, and also collected team highs of eight tackles for aloss and four quarterback sacks. Upton also had one interception. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound inside linebacker was also selected as the NESCAC's top defensive player last week by the Nothing But NESCAC sports blog.

Riley, a 6-0, 195-pound receiver, was far and away the Bobcats' leading receiver again in 2015, with 42 catches for 513 yards and two touchdowns. No other Bobcat recorded more than seven catches or 111 yards in the air, and Riley's reception total represented 54.5 percent of the entire team's on the year. Riley is Bates' first player in the past decade with two seasons of 500 or more receiving yards.

Williams, a 5-9, 160-pound defensive back, excelled in his first season as a starting cornerback for Bates. Williams not only tied for second in the NESCAC in interceptions, with five. Improbably, he also tied for seventh in the league in tackles, with 59, including a team-high 44 solo stops. Williams also tied for fifth in the NESCAC in pass breakups, with seven.

2015 NESCAC Football All-Conference Teams