FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The postseason honors keep pouring in for Sacred Heart football RB Julius Chestnut as the sophomore earned Third Team All-American honors from two publications, the Associated Press and STATS.
Highlighting one of the top individual seasons in program history, Chestnut's latest two honors prolong an extended list of awards that includes: All-NEC First Team, All-New England, All-ECAC First Team and Hero Sports All-Sophomore Team Honorable Mention. In addition, Chestnut becomes the first Pioneer to earn All-American honors since WR Tyler Dube and DE James Rentz were honored in the 2015 campaign and the first SHU RB to earn the prestigious honor since Keshaudas Spence in 2013.
Chestnut picked up 1,495 yards on the ground with 13 total TD across 12 games in 2019, the second-most of any player in FCS and the second-highest single-season total in school history. Chestnut was a true workhorse, carrying an FCS-leading 293 times, a school record and the most for any FCS player in the regular season since the 2016 campaign. He rushed for 100+ yards in 9-of-12 games this season, including four straight to finish the season. Chestnut's top performance of the season came at Bryant as he carried a SHU Div. I record 43 times for a career-high 203 yards, becoming the ninth Pioneer in school history to rush for 200+ yards in a game.
Sacred Heart concluded its 2019 season with a 7-5 overall record and 4-3 mark in the NEC. This is tied for the Pioneers' highest single-season win total since 2013 and marks the sixth winning season for Coach Mark Nofri in his eight-year tenure at the helm for SHU.