CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The awards continue to roll in for Castleton University football junior defensive lineman Chris Rice, as he was named a New England Football Writers Select Division II/III All-Star late Monday afternoon.
Rice earns the honor after landing Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-ECFC accolades last week. It was his second appearance in as many years on the ECFC's First Team, and he becomes the first player to earn recognition from the NEFW since Eric Decker in 2017. Rice is one of just two ECFC players to land the honor alongside Dean defensive back Shannon Moxey.
He had a record-setting campaign in 2019, notching a program-record seven sacks in a season and setting the all-time program sack record with 15. He is also the program's all-time leader in tackles for a loss with 46 and had 18 tackles for a loss this season—2.0 per game—to lead the conference and rank ninth in all of Division III. He also set the single-game sack record with three against Norwich and had a 32-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the contest. In nine games, he registered at least one tackle for a loss in eight contests and had multiple tackles for a loss in six. He notched a sack in five different contests with two multi-sack outings. He finished the season with 50 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, an interception and a blocked field goal in addition to his seven sacks and 18 tackles for a loss.