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Utica College's Benkwitt named E8 Offensive Player of the Year

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UTICA, N.Y. - Utica College senior quarterback Andrew Benkwitt's record-setting season has landed him the Empire 8 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year award.

Here is the full press release from the Pioneers:

Senior quarterback Andrew Benkwitt (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck) was named the Empire 8 Conference Offensive Player of the Year in a release by the conference office on Tuesday. Each institutions head coach submitted votes for the all-conference awards.

#5 will graduate as the College's most prolific and decorated passer in program-history. Benwkitt, who started every game of his career at the quarterback position (40 consecutive games started), broke 18 different individual school-records during his tenure. He also played a part in 20 different team records this past year.

Benkwitt, a two-time captain, has also led Utica College's football program to new heights, helping the Pioneers tie the school-record for wins in a single-season this past year (6) and they also set a new record for Empire 8 Conference victories (4). Benkwitt helped give UC a legitimate shot at an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament as they played nationally-ranked Salisbury in Week 9 with a shot at the Conference title hanging in the balance. Headed into their week 9 contest the Pioneers were receiving votes in both the AFCA and D3football.com national polls for the first time in program-history.

Benkwitt finished his senior campaign (regular season) ranked 11th nationally in total offense per game and 25th nationally in passing efficiency. He guided the Pioneers' offense to a national ranking of eighth in passing offense, 23rd in total offense and 47th in scoring offense.

Benkwitt finished the year ranked first in the Empire 8 Conference in passing efficiency, total offense and passing offense. He led the Empire 8 in passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns for the second consecutive year.

Team Records Set in 2012
Pass Attempts: 414
Pass Completions: 274
Passing yards: 3,404
Passing Touchdowns: 33
Pass completion %: 66.2
Total Offensive Yards: 4,650
Touchdowns Responsible For: 79
Total Offense Per Game: 465.0
Total Offense Per Play: 6.30 yards per play
All Purpose Yards: 5,600
All Purpose Yards per game: 560.0
Pass Reception Yards: 3,404
Pass receptions: 274
Pass reception Touchdowns: 33
Receptions per game: 27.40
Pass efficiency: 156.2
Average yards per pass: 8.2
Average Yards per game: 340.4

Single-Season Records (Year)
Pass attempts: 385 (2012)
Pass completions: 254 (2012)
Passing yards: 3,143 (2012)
Passing touchdowns: 31 (2012)
Total offensive yards: 3,220 (2012)
Touchdowns responsible For: 34 (2012)
Total offense per game: 322.0 (2012)
Average yards per pass: 8.2 (2012)
Passing yards per game: 314.3 (2012)

Single Game Records
Most total offense yards gained: 401, at Buffalo State, Oct. 6, 2012 (13 rush, 398 pass)
Most touchdown passes: 6, at Buffalo State, Oct. 6, 2012
Most Passes Attempted: 58, at Buffalo State, Oct. 6, 2012
Most Passes Completed: 38, at Buffalo State, Oct. 6, 2012

Career Records
Touchdowns responsible for: 94
Passing yards per game 264.8 (40 games)
Pass attempts: 1,400
Pass completions: 901
Passing yards: 10,590
Passing touchdowns: 88

Post Season/Weekly Awards
Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
Empire 8 All-Conference First Team Selection (2012)
ECAC Division III Rookie of the Year (2009)
ECAC Division III Southwest Rookie of the Year (2009)
Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year (2009)
Empire 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention (2010)
Empire 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention (2011)
Empire 8 Conference Player of the Week (3 times)
ECAC North West Player of the Week (10/10/2012)

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