DANBURY, Conn. – Impressive postseason honors continued for the University of Delaware football team on Thursday as three Blue Hens were honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for their outstanding play during the 2017 season.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Colby Reeder was selected as the ECAC Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Defensive Rookie of the Year while junior safety Nasir Adderley was named first team All-East and senior defensive tackle Bilal Nichols was honored as a second team All-East selection.

The teams were selected by a vote of ECAC member head coaches and nominations were open to conference first team selections in the Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League, Patriot League, Northeast Conference, and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Reeder, who last month was named the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year, becomes the ninth UD player to earn All-East Rookie of the Year notice and first since linebacker Jeff Williams in 2012.

A native of nearby Hockessin, Del. (Salesianum High School), Reeder started all 11 games at outside linebacker and recorded 49 tackles in 2017, the seventh highest total on the team. He led the team with eight tackles for loss and also had two sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. He was also one of the team’s top special teams contributors.

Adderley, a native of Philadelphia, Pa. (Great Valley HS), led a defensive secondary that ranked among the best in the CAA, ranking No. 2 in the league in passing efficiency defense and No. 3 in pass defense.

He was the team’s second leading tackler with 78 stops, including a team-high 42 solo tackles, and ranked No. 2 in the CAA with five interceptions. He had 10 or more tackles three times, including a career-high 14 vs. Maine. He also contributed four tackles for loss, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles, and was one of the team’s mainstays on special teams.

Nichols, a co-captain from Newark, Del. (Hodgson HS) and a three-time All-CAA selection, ranked fourth on the team and was first among down linemen with 56 tackles (24 solo) this season. He also recorded 5.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, and one interception, and paced a unit that ranked No. 3 in the CAA in scoring defense (16.8 points per game) and total defense (305.5 yards per game). A pro prospect, he has been selected to compete in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game on Jan. 20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. at 3 p.m.

Delaware recently completed an outstanding season under first-year head coach Danny Rocco. The Blue Hens registered a 7-4 overall record during the 2017 campaign, the most wins for Delaware since the 2013 season.

Duquesne quarterback Tommy Stuart was named the Offensive Player of the Year; Bryant linebacker Tom Costigan was named Defensive Player of the Year; Howard University quarterback Caylin Newton was named Offensive Rookie of the Year; and Columbia head coach Al Bagnoli was selected as Coach of the Year.

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