WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team had five student-athletes earn nods to All-Patriot League teams when the postseason awards were announced on Tuesday. The all-league teams were selected by a vote of the seven Patriot League coaches.
Sophomore defensive lineman Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) and freshman linebacker Ahmad Wilson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Gateway) were both selected to the All-Patriot League First Team, while senior defensive back David Akere (Carrolton, Texas/Hebron), senior running back Isaac Ellsworth (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) and sophomore wide receiver Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) all earned their first career selections to the second team.
Khristian Tate -- First Team, Defensive Line
Tate, who was named honorable mention three times this season, earned his second All-Patriot League selection in as many years after being named as a special teams non specialist in 2016. The sophomore started all 11 games in 2017 and led a stout defensive line with 69 tackles, which ranked third on the team. He led the entire defense with 12.5 tackles-for-loss (TFL) and 5.0 sacks, while adding team highs of four quarterback hurries and three fumble recoveries. He also had an interception and forced two fumbles. Tate tied for the Patriot League lead with two defensive touchdowns, scoring on a fumble return at Princeton and returning his first career interception in the season finale against Colgate.
Ahmad Wilson -- First Team, Special Teams Non Specialist
Wilson was a force on both defense and specials teams in his freshman campaign, playing in all 11 games with six starts. He ranked 10th on the defense with 40 total tackles, and also added 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one quarterback hurry. He tied a career high with seven tackles against both Lafayette and Colgate, and recorded his first half sack in the season finale against the Raiders.
David Akere -- Second Team, Defensive Back
Akere capped off a great career with a career-high 99 tackles as a senior, leading the entire Georgetown defense and ranking fourth in the Patriot League. He played and started in all 11 games, adding 1.0 TFL, two interceptions and three pass breakups. Akere opened the season with a 10-tackle, two-interception performance in GU's 16-10 victory over Campbell. He had five games with at least 10 tackles, including a career-high 14 takedowns in the season finale. He finished his four years on the Hilltop ranked fifth all-time on Georgetown's career tackles list with 274.
Michael Dereus -- Second Team, Wide Receiver
Dereus enjoyed a breakout sophomore season for the Hoyas, leading the receiving corps in every statistical category. He played and started all 11 games, recording 46 receptions for 696 yards - averaging 15.1 yards per catch and 63.3 yards per game - and five touchdowns. He ranked third in the Patriot League in receiving yards and yards per game, fifth in receptions and touchdowns and sixth in yards per catch. Dereus had two games with at least 100 receiving yards, and six games with at least 70 yards. He caught touchdown passes in each of the first three games of the season, and added two more against Lehigh. He also rushed for a touchdown at Princeton. Dereus caught two of the top-five longest passes in Georgetown history, recording an 83-yard catch against Columbia before hauling in an 80-yard pass against Lehigh. He was named honorable mention on September 18 following his performance against Marist.
Isaac Ellsworth -- Second Team, Return Specialist
Ellsworth became one of the most dominant return specialists in the Patriot League during his tenure on the Hilltop. He led GU's kickoff return unit, which ranked second in the Patriot League with a total average of 21.7 yards per return. As a senior, he returned 30 kickoffs for 740 yards, averaging 24.7 yards per return, which ranked third in the league and eighth all-time in Georgetown's single-season history. Ellsworth was also third on the team with 133 rushing yards, and added 50 receiving yards on 10 catches. He had kickoff returns of 62, 75 ad 73 yards in consecutive games against Harvard, Princeton and Lehigh, respectively, and had a season-high 232 yards on seven kickoff returns against Harvard. For his career, Ellsworth ranks second in the GU record books in both kickoff returns (91) and kickoff return yards (2,140), while his career average of 23.5 yards per return is first.