BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College senior Joey Cleary (Winchester, Mass.) has been named to the 2013 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team.
Cleary, who was awarded the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year award this fall, is one of just four NESCAC players to be recognized in the honors. He is the first Bowdoin player to earn All-New England recognition from the Football Writers since Pat Noone in 2009.
Cleary amassed a league-best 99 tackles, which was the highest total in the conference since 2009 and tied for the third most stops in Bowdoin single-season history. He registered 10 or more tackles in six games with a season-high 19 tackles coming against Bates on November 2. Cleary also recorded 8.5 tackles for a loss, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He finishes his career at Bowdoin with 255 career tackles, 5.5 sacks and six interceptions. He is the first Polar Bear to garner NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year recognition since the league began conference-only play in 2000.
The All-New England team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 12, at the Montvale Plaza, in Stoneham, Mass. For more information, contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781-891-2334.
Watch highlights from Cleary's season below