ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine football redshirt senior Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) headlined the Colonial Athletic Association's list of academic all-conference honorees as he was named the CAA Student-Athlete of the Year. Five other Black Bears joined Wasilewski on the list of CAA Academic All-Conference recipients.
Wasilewski earned the highest honor after graduating cum laude in December with a degree in kinesiology and physical education. The Dean's List member and four-time academic all-conference selection was recently honored with the 'M' Club Dean Smith Award, presented annually to the university's top male and female student-athlete. Wasilewski is currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Maine where he is pursuing a Masters degree in his undergraduate field.
Aside from his accomplishments off the field, Wasilewski had a record-setting career on the gridiron. Maine's senior quarterback led the Black Bears to the 2013 CAA title and the program's first-ever NCAA home playoff game. Individually in his senior year, Wasilewski set school records for most completions (276), passing percentage (67.5), passing yards in a season (3,238), total offensive plays (565) and total offensive yards (3,770). He finished his career as just the second quarterback in program history to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season, capping his senior season with 25 passing touchdowns - the second-highest single-season total in team history. Wasilewski completed his Black Bears career with 6,564 total yards and 52 touchdowns.
Wasilewski garnered several awards for his stellar senior season. A first-team all-CAA selection, he was presented with the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year award. The senior also earned the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award, given to the conference player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in his academic and athletic achievements.
Wasilewski was one of six Black Bears who earned CAA Academic All-Conference honors. Joining Wasilewski on the list of Academic All-Conference honorees were Arron Achey (Newmanstown, Pa.), Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine), Jonathan Louis (Taunton, Mass.), Michael Mangiarelli (Warren, Ohio) and Benedict Wezel (Berlin, Germany.).