MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced its Division III All-ECAC Teams, selecting three from Morrisville State to its first, second and third teams, respectively.
Junior defensive back, Michael Bodnar (Miller Place, N.Y.) got the nod on the first team defense, while Nick Edmond (Blythe, Calif.) and Marcus Thompson (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned second and third team honors.
Bodnar caused chaos for opponents in the backfield leading Morrisville State with a total 108 stops on the year, 57 solo tackles, across 11 starts in the secondary.
Five of his tackles were for a loss of 10 yards, while he also snagged two out of the air for 53 return yards on the interceptions, one for a touchdown against conference foe Buffalo State. Bodnar also forced two fumbles and recovered another, and was responsible for six pass breakups throughout the year.
Averaging 9.8 tackles per game this season, the junior three times across the year posted double digits in tackles, including a single game high 20 in the ECAC James Lynah Bowl Game against Grove City. Within conference, Bodnar added 15 stops against #3 nationally ranked Brockport, and another 17 against Alfred University.
Bodnar was an honorable mention All-Conference Defense selection for the Empire 8.
Edmond was honored with second team accolades after collecting 1016 total yards on 221 carries across the 2018 season at running back, accounting for nine rushing touchdowns.
The talented backfield senior added 93 yards on nine receptions to his tallies on the year; connecting on 5-of-6 passes for an additional 143 yards and three touchdowns in the option game.
Five times on the year Edmond posted 100+ yards rushing in a single contest, with a high 153 coming in the win over Utica, as he recorded his second straight season of more than 1000 yards rushing.
Edmond was a first team honoree for the Empire 8 at running back.
Thompson wrapped up a stellar career on the offensive line for the Mustangs after leading them to a league fourth best offensive game total, as the unit averaged 389.3 yards per game.
He was responsible for providing size and push up front for the Morrisville State running game, ranking third in the Empire 8 with 170.6 yard per average. Morrisville State was able to convert 64% of its appearances in the red zone into touchdowns, in part from the blocking received by Thompson on the line.
The senior captain is a three-time All-Conference Empire 8 selection, twice earning second team accolades, and first team honors as a senior.
The complete list of ECAC honorees can be found here.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.