CAMBRIGE, Mass. – Three members of the Sacred Heart football team – C Josh Sokol, DE Chris Agyemang and RB Julius Chestnut – have been recognized by the New England Football Writers as Division I All-New England honorees. Three All-New England honorees is tied for the highest total single-season total in program history as the only other time SHU has seen three All-New England selections in the same season came in 2013.
For Agyemang, this is his second career All-New England honor as he picked up the prestigious award last season, while Sokol and Chestnut earn their first such award of their respective careers. All three were named to the All-NEC First Team last week.
A deserved selection along the offensive line, Sokol anchored a unit that was one of the top pass blocking lines in the country while paving the way for the nation's second-leading rusher in Chestnut. Sokol and the SHU offensive line allowed a league-low 11 sacks (seventh-fewest in FCS) and helped Chestnut rush for 1,495 yards which is the second-highest total in program history. Sokol started all 12 games at the center position, finishing his career with 23 consecutive spots at the key position along the offensive line.
Agyemang becomes the first two-time All-New England honoree at SHU since Troy Moore in 2013-14 while he is also a two-time All-NEC First Team selection. A senior captain along the defensive line, Agyemang anchored a unit that ranked fourth in the NEC in both sacks and tackles for loss. He started all 12 games, leading the team in total defensive snaps played and in sacks with 5.5 on the season. He added 41 tackles (seventh-most among NEC defensive linemen) with 8 TFL and the fifth-most sacks in the conference. A menace on passing downs, Agyemang's seven pass breakups on the season led all defensive linemen in the conference.
Chestnut's 2019 season will go down as one of the best individual campaigns in program history as he accumulated 1,495 rushing yards in 12 games, finishing the regular season as the second-leading rusher in FCS as well as the second-highest single-season rushing total in school history. A true workhorse back, Chestnut carried an FCS-leading 293 times which sets a SHU single-season record while he tallied nine 100+ yard games in the 2019 campaign. His top individual performance came in a road win at Bryant as he carried 43 times for 203 yards, becoming just the ninth Pioneer to rush for 200+ yards in a game while his 43 carries is the most by a Pioneer in the school's Div. I history (since 1999).