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Jackolski, Faiella FCS AllAmericans
Stony Brook running back Brock Jackolski and left guard Joe Faiella each earned second-team Associated Press All-America honors on Thursday. Jackolski was recognized as an all-purpose runner. A week earlier, the senior was a first-team selection in that role on the AFCA FCS Coaches' All-America team.
Jackolski accumulated 2,441 all-purpose yards and scored 20 touchdowns, both of which are Big South Conference single-season records. He rushed for 1,418 yards and added 854 kickoff return yards, 114 receiving yards and 55 punt return yards. Jackolski had six 100-yards rushing games and totaled at least 150 all-purpose yards in 11 of 13 games to help Stony Brook to a 9-4 record and gain its first-ever FCS playoff berth, winning a first-round game over Albany before losing a second-round game at No. 1 Sam Houston State, 34-27.
In just two seasons at Stony Brook Jackolski became one of five players in Big South history with more than 4,000 all-purpose yards. Including his previous two seasons at Hofstra, Jackolski totaled 6,394 all-purpose yards to rank 16th in FCS history. He also set a Big South single-game record with five touchdowns in a 76-28 win over Gardner-Webb.
Seawolves 6-5, 310-pound left guard Joe Faiella, who was an All-Big South selection, helped pave the way for Jackolski and fellow running back Miguel Maysonet, who led the Big South in rushing. Faiella moved from left tackle to left guard, opening holes for two 1,000-yards rushers for the second straight season.
Stony Brook ranked second nationally in scoring offense (38.0) and fourth in rushing offense (267.3 yards per game). The Seawolves scored at least 40 points in seven straight games and had a nine-game winning streak before the season-ending playoff loss.