Nov. 21, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University freshman linebacker Dillon Lucas has been named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Rookie of the Year. The 6-0, 215 pound Medford, N.J., native started all 11 games and led the Wildcats with 92 total tackles, including 51 solo stops. He was also rewarded for his play this season by being named third team All-CAA.
Lucas becomes the first Wildcat in the program's history to earn conference Rookie of the Year honors.
"Dillon is very deserving of this award," said Wildcat head coach Andy Talley. "We placed a great deal of responsibility on Dillon this year and he responded each and every week. I expect Dillon to continue to improve and become one of the premier defensive players in FCS football."
The 92 tackles, which are the most by any freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), ranked 12th in the final regular season CAA statistics. Lucas also added three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks.
Lucas is also a finalist for the inaugural Jerry Rice award. The award is given to the most outstanding freshman in FCS Football.
A national panel of communications and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the award winner after the regular season. Rice, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, will present the award at the national awards banquet on Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas.