Stevenson University senior defensive back Austin Tennessee and football head coach Ed Hottle led a total of seven Mustangs who were honored on March 2 at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.
Tennessee was honored by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers and American Football Networks as the Rocky Myers Division III Defensive Player of the Year. Hottle was recognized as the ECAC Division III South Coach of the Year. In addition, Tennessee, senior Billy Lewis, junior Dan Williams, senior Devonte Williams, junior Preston Addo, and sophomore Ashton Leschke were recognized as ECAC All-Stars.
Tennessee, named a consensus First Team All-American by D3football.com and the AFCA, was also selected as the D3football.com East Region Defensive Player of the Year and the Middle Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2016, Hottle led the Mustangs to a 9-2 record and a final ranking of No. 20 in the D3football.com Top 25 in the team’s sixth season. Stevenson earned its first Middle Atlantic Conference title with an 8-1 conference record, the program’s first NCAA appearance, and Hottle was the MAC Coach of the Year.