University of Connecticut senior safety Obi Melifonwu (South Grafton, Mass.) and senior wide receiver Noel Thomas, Jr. (Norwalk, Conn.) have been named to the 2016 Division I All-New England team by the New England Football Writers Association. This marks the second-straight year that Thomas has been named to the team.
Melifonwu led UConn in tackles this past season with 118 and also had a team-leading four interceptions. He is 14th in the country in tackles per game and second in the American Athletic Conference. Melifonwu was also ranked 23rd in the country in interceptions.
He tied a school single-game record last Saturday with 24 tackles against Tulane. Melifonwu has accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Thomas led UConn in receiving with a school single-season record 100 receptions for 1,179 yards, which was second. For his career, Thomas had 183 receptions, which is fourth in school history, for 2,235 yards, eighth in school history.
Thomas is fifth in the country in receptions per game at 8.3 and third in the American Athletic Conference. He is also 14th in the country receiving yards per game at 98.3.
Thomas has also been named the winner of the Bulger Lowe Award, given to the top FBS/FCS player in New England each by the Gridiron Club of Boston.