KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island senior Brandon Johnson-Farrell is one of 28 representing 10 schools on the 2012 New England Football Writers Division I FCS All-New England Team, the organization announced.
Johnson-Farrell was one of three wide receivers on the team, joining Bryant University's Jordan Harris and New Hampshire's R.J. Harris. Johnson-Farrell led the Rams with 52 catches, 554 receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns and 777 kick return yards. Of his 52 catches, 30 (58 percent) resulted in either first downs or touchdowns. He also ranked third in CAA Football with 123.7 all-purpose yards per game.
Rhode Island's all-time leader in kick return yardage with 2,737 yards, Johnson-Farrell is the only player in school history with more than 2,000 kick return yards and 2,000 receiving yards. His 2,064 receiving yards are the seventh most in school history, and his 5,083 all-purpose yards rank second all-time behind only Cy Butler (5,380).
Johnson-Farrell is the second wide receiver from Rhode Island in as many seasons to earn All-New England honors. Anthony Baskerville was named to the team in 2011. Since 1996, Rhode Island has had eight players named to the team: Johnson-Farrell (2012), Baskerville (2011), Matt Hansen (2008), Virgil Gray (2006), Raji El-Amin (2006), Shane Laisle (2003), Lance Small (2000) and Frank Ferrara (1996).
Overall, the New England Football Writers honored 57 players from 29 schools at the Division I, II and III levels. There was one team for the Division FCS players, and one team for Division II/III players.
All the players will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 6, at the Montvale Plaza, in Stoneham, Mass.
People interested in attending can contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781.891.2334 by Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The cost is $40 and includes a buffet. The event is open to parents, alumni and fans.