MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Bates College junior Mark Upton has been named one of four linebackers on the 2015 New England Football Writers Select Division II/III All-Star team, announced Monday.
Upton (Winthrop, Mass.) also received First Team All-NESCAC honors last week. The politics major is a two-time NESCAC Fall All-Academic selection as well. Upton is the only linebacker on the All-New England team who is not a senior.
Manning the very center of Bates' 3-5-3 defense, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Upton repeated as a First Team All-NESCAC selection in 2015. He ranked second in the NESCAC in tackles for the second consecutive year, with 71. Upton led the conference in forced fumbles for the second year in a row, with three, and also collected team highs of eight tackles for a loss and four sacks, in addition to one interception.
Upton is only Bates' third Division II/III All-New England player since 2000, joining safety Andrew Kukesh in 2013 and tight end Sean Wirth in 2009.
2015 Division II/III All-New England Team
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