NEW HAVEN, CT – Former King Low Heywood Thomas standout Kevin Pierre-Louis, a senior linebacker from Boston College, has been named by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as its 2013 “Connecticut Player of the Year. Awarded annually to the top college football player who is a resident and/or played scholastically in the state of Connecticut, the Connecticut Player of the Year is selected by the all-volunteer membership of the Foundation.
Pierre-Louis is the second player from Boston College – joining former Eagle Bill Romanowski (Vernon) in 1987 – to earn the Connecticut Player of the Year award.
“We are pleased to recognize Kevin Pierre-Louis as our Connecticut Player of the Year,” Foundation president James Monico said. “Kevin has been a defensive force for the Eagles and a worthy recipient of this honor.”
A 6-foot, 1-inch, 225-pound linebacker, Pierre-Louis has started all 12 games for the Eagles (7-5), who will play Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La. on December 31.
A consensus All-ACC selection, Pierre-Louis ranked second on the team and sixth in the ACC with 104 tackles (64 solo). His six quarterback sacks place him 13th in the ACC. He has also forced two opponent fumbles. His best game came on October 5 in a win over Army when he posted a career-high 18 tackles and earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors.
Pierre-Louis has played in 43 career games for the Eagles, and has totaled 356 tackles and eight quarterback sacks. His 202 career solo tackles leads the ACC and ranks fifth among all active FBS players.
A native of Norwalk, Pierre-Louis was a two-time NEPSAC Class C All-Star at King Low Heywood Thomas in Stamford and led the team to two Fairchester League titles. In 2009, Pierre-Louis recorded 159 tackles and rushed for 914 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named the Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year. Pierre-Louis also played basketball and lacrosse for King Low Heywood Thomas. Pierre-Louis is also the second former KLHT player – Silas Redd (then of Penn State) in 2011– to earn Walter Camp Connecticut Player of the Year honors.
Pierre-Louis, along with the members of the 2013 Walter Camp All-America team, including his BC teammate Andre Williams, will be recognized at the organization’s national awards banquet on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. In addition, the Foundation will recognize three individuals – former Notre Dame and Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann (Distinguished American), former Penn State and Oakland Raider standout lineman Matt Millen (Man of the Year) and former North Carolina All-American Ken Huff (Alumnus of the Year) – with major awards.
The Foundation is offering a “Holiday Ticket Promotion” for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $450 (you save $150) before December 31. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
Connecticut Player of the Year
Presented to the top college football player who is a resident and/or played scholastically in the state of Connecticut. The award is voted on by the Walter Camp Football Foundation membership.
Year Recipient, Pos. School Hometown
2013 Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Boston College Norwalk (King Low Heywood)
2012 Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State Salisbury School
2011 Silas Redd, RB Penn State Norwalk (King Low Heywood)
2010 John Moffitt, OG Wisconsin Guilford (Notre Dame-WH HS)
2009 Aaron Hernandez, TE Florida Bristol (Bristol Central HS)
2008 Kory Sheets, RB Purdue Manchester (Bloomfield HS)
2007 Mike McLeod, RB Yale New Britain
2006 Kory Sheets, RB Purdue Manchester (Bloomfield HS)
2005 John Sullivan, OL Notre Dame Greenwich
2004 Anttaj Hawthorne, DL Wisconsin Hamden
2004 Dan Orlovsky, QB Connecticut Shelton
2003 Dan Orlovsky, QB Connecticut Shelton
2002 Niko Koutouvides, LB Purdue Plainville
2001 Dwight Freeney, DE Syracuse Bloomfield
2000 Peter Mazza, LB Yale Cheshire
1999 Bobby Myers, DB Wisconsin Hamden
1998 Carl Bond, RB Connecticut Hamden
1997 Kyle McIntosh, RB Syracuse Cheshire
1996 Tarek Saleh, LB Wisconsin Woodbridge (Notre Dame-WH HS)
1995 Tarek Saleh, LB Wisconsin Woodbridge (Notre Dame-WH HS
1994 Jason Miska, LB Auburn Bridgeport (ND-Fairfield HS)
1993 Chris Zingo, LB Cornell Fairfield (Fairfield Prep)
1992 Curtis Eller, DE Villanova Stratford
1991 Corey Vincent, DL Holy Cross Shelton
1990 Rob Thomson, DB Syracuse Southington
1989 Terry Wooden, LB Syracuse Farmington
1988 Glenn Antrum, WR Connecticut Ansonia
1987 Bill Romanowski, LB Boston College Vernon (Rockville HS)
1986 Richard Comizio, RB Pennsylvania New Fairfield
1985 Tom Patton, DE Holy Cross Meriden
1984 no recipient
1983 Steve Young, QB Brigham Young Greenwich
1982 Mike Marshall, DB Southern Connecticut Bridgeport
1981 Rich Diana, RB Yale Hamden