Schwern named All-NESCAC, Hersch honored as top offensive rookie

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College running back Jake Schwern (right, Essex Falls, N.J.) capped off a terrific senior season by earning NESCAC Second Team All-Conference honors and first-year quarterback Matt Hersch (below, Monroe, Conn.) was named the league's top offensive rookie on Tuesday.

Schwern, a captain, was second in the NESCAC in total rushing yards (971), second in yards per game (107.9), tied for second in rushing touchdowns (9), first in total rushes (234), and helped the Mules by not losing a fumble this year.
 
"Very happy for both Jake and Matt to be selected to the All NESCAC Football Team. Jake was a four-down back and a work mule for us throughout the season. He has had an outstanding career here and we will certainly miss him," Colby head coach Jack Cosgrove said. "Matt's emergence at quarterback allowed us to do more in the pass game. We are fortunate that he is just getting started here at Colby."  
 
Schwern finished his career with 1,745 yards of rushing, 424 receiving yards, and 17 total touchdowns in three seasons playing offense. 
 
Starting in eight of the nine games for the Mules, Hersch was second in the league in pass percentage (60.5), fifth in pass efficiency (114.5), sixth in passing yards (1,342), and sixth in passing yards per game (149.1). 
 
Hersch is the second Mule to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, joining Aaron Stepka (2001).

Schwern and Hersch helped the Mules (3-6 overall) win the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title for the first time since 2005.