UMass Football Places 11 On CAA All-Conference Teams

Minutemen feature four All-CAA First Team performers


Nov. 21, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. – Led by four All-Colonial Athletic Association First-Team picks, the University of Massachusetts football team placed 11 total players on all-conference teams as voted on by the league coaches. Senior halfback Emil Igwenagu, senior wide receiver Julian Talley, senior inside linebacker Tyler Holmes and senior kick returner Jesse Julmiste were each named to the All-CAA First Team.

Senior tailback Jonathan Hernandez was named to the third team offense as was sophomore tight end Rob Blanchflower, junior offensive tackle Stephane Milhim, senior offensive guard Josh Samuda, junior offensive tackle Nick Speller.

Sophomore defensive tackle Kevin Byrne and junior inside linebacker Perry McIntyre were both named to the third team defense.

Holmes led the way for the UMass defensive corps picking up his third career All-CAA honor. This marked the second time he was named a first-team selection after being named the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. As a sophomore in 2009, Holmes was a second-team honoree.

For the season, Holmes led UMass with a career-best 118 tackles which included 69 solo stops, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 8 passes defended and one interception. The native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Holmes finished his career with 361 tackles in 38 games. That stands fifth all-time in program history just 4.5 tackles behind Vito Perrone. The 118 tackles in 2011 was a career-best for the true senior who posted 100+ tackles in each of the last three seasons.

Talley led all UMass receivers with 60 catches for 759 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his UMass career with 162 receptions for 2,090 yards. For the native of Winslow, N.J., this was his second conference honor as he earned All-CAA Second Team honors in 2010.

All-time at UMass, Talley ranks 4th in career reception yards and 3rd in career catches passing Brandon London and Victor Cruz this season.

Julmiste earned national recognition for his kick return prowess in 2011. The senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., amassed 789 return yards and a pair of touchdowns. He set the UMass program record for kickoff return yards in a single game when he had 252 yards at Boston College. For his career, Julmiste posted 1,009 kick return yards which stands 7th most all-time at UMass. His season total of 789 yards ranks second all-time just behind Tim Berra who set the program record in 1973 (805 yards).

Igwenagu served as the Minutemen’s co-captain for the second consecutive year alongside Holmes. The halfback/tight end combo hauled in a career-high 38 receptions for 375 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown for the year.

Hernandez earned All-CAA third-team honors after posting his first career 1,000-yard rushing season becoming the 10th player since 1948 to do so.

The Leominster, Mass., native finished his career with 2,627 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns in 41 games. He ranks 7th all-time in career yardage and 6th all-time in career touchdowns. All told for his career, he eclipsed the 100-yard mark on 10 occasions with UMass posting an 8-2 record in those games.

Blanchflower, Milhim, Samuda and Speller rounded out the offensive picks for the All-CAA third team. Blanchflower posted 18 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown. Samuda and Speller started every game this season on the offensive line, while Milhim started every game but one. The trio led an offensive line that gave up fewer than two sacks per game, while averaging 127 yards rushing per game.

Byrne and McIntyre were both standouts on the UMass defense. McIntyre combined with Holmes to form one of the top linebacking duos in the CAA, while Byrne had a career-best 26 tackles in eight starts before missing the end of the season due to injury.

John Sinnett
Associate Director, Media Relations
University of Massachusetts


Leave a Reply