Dugan, Lyons, Upton receive football's Garnet Gridder honors

Patrick Dugan's offensive heroics in Bates' 31-0 win over Bowdoin helped earn him Bates' offensive Garnet Gridder award. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior quarterback Patrick Dugan, junior defensive back Trevor Lyons and junior linebacker Mark Upton were named the Bates football team's Garnet Gridders (offensive MVP and defensive co-MVPs), highlighting the team awards handed out at the Bobcats' 2015-16 end-of-season dinner.

Senior slotback Shaun Carroll (Clinton, Maine) received the Alan C. Goddard '53 Award for career improvement.

Senior wide receiver Lani Eversage (Fairfield, Iowa) and senior defensive end Tucker Oniskey (Reading, Mass.) collected the team's Robert P. Schmidt Award, given to the team members who best demonstrated physical or mental courage while bringing honor and achievement to themselves and the team.

The team's Stephen B. Ritter Academic Award (top-10 cumulative grade point average) recipients included junior defensive lineman Sean Antonuccio (Boxford, Mass.), junior linebacker Sam Francis (Newburyport, Mass.), sophomore linebacker Luke MacDonald (Norwell, Mass.), sophomore offensive lineman Levi Morin (Turner, Maine), sophomore slotback Sean Peterson (Maynard, Mass.), senior offensive lineman Lyle Seebeck (Chicago, Ill.), junior defensive lineman Andrew Segal (Glencoe, Ill.), junior running back Ryan Spillane (Medfield, Mass.), sophomore defensive back Noah Stebbins (Biddeford, Maine) and Upton.

Bates' T.E.A.m. award was given to senior linebacker Paul Bosco (Concord, Mass.) for best exemplifying the team motto: "Toughness, Effort, Accountability and me," with the small "m" signifying the individual acting as a small piece of a big team.

Following sophomore and junior years marked by injuries, Dugan (Westford, Mass.) started all eight games at quarterback for Bates, completing 74 of 144 passes for 881 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for a net of 269 yards, third on the team in that category. Dugan stood out the most in Bates' two victories against Colby and Bowdoin, which enabled the Bobcats to capture their second straight outright CBB championship and their third in four years. In Bates' 10-9 win at Colby, Dugan led Bates in both rushing yards (38) and passing yards (43). The following week, Dugan led Bates to a 31-0 home victory over Bowdoin, completing 9-of-13 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for a career-high 138 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries.

Lyons (Hamilton, Mass.) and Upton (Winthrop, Mass.) shared the defensive Garnet Gridder award. Lyons started all eight games, whether at free safety or cornerback. He was second on the team with five interceptions, including 104 return yards, and nine passes defended, and he ranked third on the team in solo tackles (35). Lyons also returned punts for Bates 16 times for 93 yards.

Upton was second in the NESCAC in total tackles (71) and tackles per game (8.9), and led the conference in forced fumbles (3) for the second year in a row. He led the Bobcats in sacks (4) and tackles for loss (8), and was named by NESCAC coaches for the second straight year to the All-Conference First Team Defense. Upton was also one of four linebackers named to the 2015 New England Football Writers Selection Division II/III All-Star team.

Carroll and Upton were named the team's captains for the 2015 season. Captains were also named for the 2016 season in offensive lineman James Fagan '17, Lyons and Upton.