Hottle Named Coach of the Year, Six Mustangs Recognized as ECAC All-Stars

Hottle Named Coach of the Year, Six Mustangs Recognized as ECAC All-Stars


DANBURY, Conn. – Sixth-year Stevenson football head coach Ed Hottle was named the ECAC Division III South Coach of the Year as the organization announced its annual All-Star teams on Tuesday afternoon.  In addition, six members of the Mustangs were named All-Stars.

Senior defensive backs Austin Tennessee and Billy Lewis were named to the First Team, while junior quarterback Dan Williams, senior running back Devonte Williams, junior wide receiver Preston Addo and sophomore linebacker Ashton Leschke were all recognized as Second Team selections.

Hottle, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year, guided the Mustangs to a 9-2 record and the program's first conference title in just its sixth season at the varsity level.  The only coach Stevenson has known, Hottle has led the program to three consecutive postseason appearances with bowl wins in 2014 and 2015 before making the program's first NCAA trip in 2016.  Over the last three seasons, Hottle has guided the Mustangs to a 26-7 record.

Tennessee, the East Region Defensive Player of the Year and MAC Defensive Player of the Year, totaled 57 tackles (44 solo) for the Mustangs and had six interceptions while racking up 200 return yards, including a pair of pick sixes.  Tennessee also finished with eight pass breakups as he anchored one of the top defenses in Division III.

Lewis, a MAC First Team selection started each of the season's first nine games before being sidelined by injury.  He had six interceptions on the season, including three in Stevenson's season-opening win over North Carolina Wesleyan on September 2, and also had a pick six in that game.  Lewis, Stevenson's all-time leader in career interceptions with 20, also had 24 tackles on the season.

Dan Williams, the MAC's Offensive Player of the Year, started all 11 games and completed 63.5% of his passes (200-315) for 2,469 yards and 26 touchdowns while tossing just nine interceptions.  He had at least two touchdown throws in nine of 11 games and threw a program-record six touchdowns in a win over FDU-Florham on September 24.  Williams threw for at least 300 yards on three occasions.

Devonte Williams, also named to the MAC First Team, carried a team-high 119 times for 595 yards and four touchdowns and also had 12 receptions, including one TD grab, on the season.  He had 203 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns in a win at King's (Pa.) on October 29 that earned him MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, and also carried 19 times for 108 yards and a score in a win at Lycoming that sealed the MAC title.

Addo finished the season with 47 catches for 799 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 17.0 yards per reception.  A MAC First Team selection, Addo had at least one touchdown catch in eight games and had three touchdown grabs in a win over FDU-Florham.  Addo caught a season-high six balls on three occasions, including six catches for 62 yards and a score in Stevenson's NCAA game at Wesley.

Leschke led the Mustangs with 88 tackles after starting all 11 games at linebacker as a sophomore.  Another MAC First Team choice, Leschke had at least five tackles in every game and posted double-digit tackles on three occasions, including a career-best 13 stops at Lycoming.  Leschke also notched 7.5 tackles for a loss and had an interception and five pass breakups.

Stevenson captured its first Middle Atlantic Conference championship in 2016 with a 9-2 overall record (8-1 MAC) and made the program's first NCAA appearance and third straight postseason appearance.