After reaching the second round of the FCS playoffs two years in a row, Stony Brook's football program is beginning to reap national recognition. Running back Miguel Maysonet was named to the AFCA FCS All-American team Tuesday, and Chuck Priore was named regional co-coach of the year.
Maysonet finished his senior season with 1,964 yards rushing, the 11th-highest total in FCS history, and he scored 23 touchdowns. One of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award as the outstanding player in FCS football, Maysonet had nine games with at least 100 yards rushing during the Seawolves' 10-3 campaign, including three games in which he topped the 200-yard mark.
Maysonet had 220 yards in SBU's first-ever victory over an FBS school at Army and topped that with a career-high 233 in a win over Big South tri-champion Coastal Carolina. He also had an impressive 158 yards in a loss at FBS Syracuse, which is headed for the Pinstripe Bowl, and 160 in a playoff win over Villanova. Including his freshman season at Hofstra, Maysonet finished with 5,110 career rushing yards, 17th-best in FCS history, and 53 career TDs.
The two-time Big South Conference offensive player of the year owns school and conference records for career rushing yards (4,725), yards per game (127.7), touchdowns (53) and rushing attempts (695).
Priore shared the regional coaching award with Bethune-Cookman's Brian Jenkins. Stony Brook's 10 wins was a first in school history, and the Seawolves, who are moving to the Colonial Athletic Association next season, won at least a share of the Big South title for the fourth straight season.