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MIT’s Riley Quinn wins Jerry Nason Award

MIT’s Riley Quinn is the recipient of the Jerry Nason Award, presented to a senior who succeeds in football against all odds.Photo courtesy MIT

The New England Football Writers awards were announced Monday night.

MIT’s Riley Quinn was named the Jerry Nason Award winner, presented to a senior who succeeds in football against all odds. Born without a left hand and forearm, Quinn was a four-year player at MIT, snaring three interceptions as a 6-foot, 180-pound safety.

As a senior, the California native contributed to a 9-1 Engineers squad that won the NEWMAC title and qualified for the NCAA Division 3 playoffs. Quinn is pursuing a double major of Finance and Mathematics and Economics and has a perfect 5.0 grade-point average.

Joe Harasymiak (Maine) and Chris Pincince (New Haven) received the Coach of the Year awards.


Harasymiak is the recipient of the Jack Grinold Division 1 Award for leading the Black Bears to an 8-3 record, the championship of the Colonial Athletic Association, and a first-round bye in the Division 1 FCS playoffs.

Pincince earned the Division 2-3 award by directing the Chargers to a 9-3 record with losses only to Division 1 Bryant, nationally ranked LIU-Post, and Slippery Rock in the second round of the Division 2 playoffs.

The season Gold Helmets were awarded to Boston College senior defensive end Zach Allen (Division 1), one of the most dominant players in the ACC, and University of New Haven quarterback Ajee Patterson (D2-3).

Fifteen of Allen’s 61 tackles were for losses, including 6.5 sacks. Patterson, a senior, averaged nearly 240 yards passing per game, with 29 TD tosses. He completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for a total of 2,878 yards.

The Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award goes to UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella as the outstanding player in New England. Isabella leads Division 1 FBS in receiving yards, is third in receptions per game and fifth in receiving touchdowns. He is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the top collegiate receiver in the nation.


Longtime assistant Leo Fanning is the recipient of the George Carens Award for contributions to football in New England. Fanning coached for nearly 45 years, starting at his alma mater Bridgewater State in 1971. He also coached at UMass, Tufts, AIC, Holy Cross, Boston University, Harvard, Norwich, and Bentley. Following his retirement from Bentley earlier this year, he took over as the color commentator on Bentley football webcasts.

The recipients will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet Dec. 6 at Rosaria Restaurant and Function Facility in Saugus. Tickets are $60 per person and are available only by credit card here.

People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley at 781-891-2334 so tables can be assigned.