PITMAN, NJ - Rowan’s David Gajderowicz, Nick Grosso, Kameron Kennedy, Pat McGowan and Messiah Divine have been named to the NJAC Football All-Conference First Team and lead a group of nine Profs to earn NJAC All-Conference honors in voting by the league’s coaches.
Additionally, Anthony LaRosa and Sunny Tapp were named to the All-NJAC Second Team Defense while Elijah Rehm and Malachi Winters earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Gajderowicz and Rehm are repeat selections to the team, while the remainder of the Profs are earning the honor for the first time. Grosso, McGowan and Divine were named to the First Team Offense with Kennedy being a selection to the First Team Defense.
Gajderowicz, a 6-0 defensive end, is chosen to the First Team Defense for the second consecutive year. The senior co-captain tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 40, including 17 solos, and tied for second on the squad in sacks with 5.5 for 47 yards. He made a season-high eight tackles in the final game of the season, a win over TCNJ.
Grosso, a 6-0 wide receiver, turned in a career-best season as he led the Profs in receiving yards with 674, and in receptions with 41. The senior co-captain topped the receiving corps in touchdowns scored with seven, while he averaged over 16 yards per catch. Grosso ranked third in the NJAC in receiving yards per game with 67.4.
Kennedy, a 5-10 cornerback, led the defensive backfield making 40 tackles, with 30 unassisted, and topped the team with four interceptions for total returns of 52 yards. The senior also registered 2.5 tackles for losses and tied for the team-best six pass breakups. Kennedy had a season-high nine tackles against nationally-ranked Hobart and helped seal the win over TCNJ with an interception in the final seconds.
McGowan started all 10 games at left tackle and anchored the offensive line that helped the Profs rank third in the league in rushing offense (151.6 yards/game) and tie for third in scoring offense with 22.7 points per game. McGowan and the offensive line also limited the opponents to just 14 sacks on the season, while Rowan’s offense ranked second in the NJAC in pass efficiency (146.1 yards per game).
Divine, a 5-10 running back, was the conference’s leader in rushing yards per game with 78.4, while he gained 3.9 yards per carry. The junior had two 100-plus yard games this year, with 118 against 12th-ranked Wesley and 115 yards in the win over TCNJ. Divine scored three touchdowns while his longest run of the season was 34 yards.
LaRosa, 5-11 linebacker, had a career-best year in which he ranked second on the team with 60 tackles (29 solos) and 5.5 sacks for 43 yards. The senior co-captain made a season-high 13 tackles, with 10 solos, in the come-from-behind win at Christopher Newport to earn NJAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. LaRosa also posted one interception, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles on the season.
Tapp, a 6-2 senior, led Rowan and ranked second in the league with 6.0 sacks for 49 yards while made 45 tackles, with 29 solos. The defensive end had two fumble recoveries, including one that he scooped up and ran in 60 yards for a touchdown in the win over Kean. Tapp, who had a season-high eight tackles in the win over Widener, earned NJAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after his effort in the Kean win.
Rehm, a senior co-captain, was the Profs’ leader in all-purpose yards with an average of 93.1 per game. The 5-9 wide receiver had 38 catches this year for 386 yards, with an average of 10.2 yards per catch. He averaged 7.3 yards on punt returns and 16.0 yards on kickoff returns and accounted for six touchdowns this season, with four receiving and two rushing.
Winters made 39 tackles at strong safety, including 25 solo tackles, and had one sack for the Profs. The 6-0 defender posted one interception on the year and had six pass breakups, which is tied as the team-high. Winters, a junior, made a season-high nine tackles, with six solos, against 12th-ranked Salisbury.
Rowan, which played four nationally-ranked teams this season, finished the year 4-6, but went 4-3 in the NJAC.