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Jones heads a long list of Widener All-America picks

OHara Varsity - 2001 Season
Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010 by Terry Toohey

 

Delaware County Daily Times (Primos - Upper Darby, PA) - Friday, December 14, 2001
Author: TERRY TOOHEY ; ttoohey@delcotimes.com
 
One sure way to attract the attention of the people who select the various Division III All-America football teams is to be nationally ranked, go 12-1 and reach the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.

That formula certainly worked for Widener.

Five Pioneers have earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Hewlett-Packard and Don Hansen's Football Gazette.

Senior wide receiver Jim Jones was a first-team selection by the AFCA, and earned second-team honors from Hewlett-Packard and Don Hansen's Football Gazette.

Fellow wideout Michael Coleman was named to the Football Gazette first team and joined Jones on the Hewlett-Packard second team.

Senior defensive back T.J. Hess received first-team honors from Hewlett-Packard and the Football Gazette.

Offensive lineman Tom Worrilow (Cardinal O'Hara) earned second-team honors from the Football Gazette and Hewlett-Packard.

Quarterback Mike Warker earned honorable mention from Hewlett-Packard.

Jones, Coleman and Hess are two-time All-America selections. Earlier this week, Hess was named to the Verizon Academic All-America first team. He is Widener's first All-America and Academic All-America selection in the same year.

Jones amassed 2,069 all-purpose yards and scored 30 touchdowns. He was the co-MVP of the Middle Atlantic Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and is a Melberger Award finalist for Division III Player of the Year.

Coleman accumulated 1,958 all-purpose yards, scored 19 touchdowns, had two interceptions and broke up six passes. He shared MAC MVP honors with Jones and was named All-South Region Player of the Year by Don Hansen's Football Gazette.

Hess finished his career as the eighth-leading tackler in school history (242). He also was a Gagliardi Trophy finalist for excellence in athletics, academics and services.

Worrilow anchored an offensive line that smashed the MAC record for total offense (501.6 yards per game) and points in a season (45.8 per game).

Warker, a transfer from Rowan, established himself as one of the finest quarterbacks in Widener history in just one season. He set school records for touchdown passes in a game (six versus Moravian), passing yards in a game (462 vs. Moravian) and total offense in a game (473 vs. Moravian) and in a season (2,720). Including the NCAA playoffs, Warker threw for 3,701 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Terry Toohey is the assistant sports editor of the Daily Times.

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