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Athletes of the Week Dec. 22

December 22, 2017
Cole Boozer

A fifth-year player at Temple University and son of the late Chris Boozer (2009), who was a former member of Rehoboth Beach Patrol (1979-83) who played at Delaware and Salisbury State, Cole moved from tight end to tackle for his junior year. He put on 30 pounds in the off-season and started every game this season at right tackle. Cole wore No. 87 as a tight end, the same number Cape’s Tommy Sheehan wore for the Owls in the early 2000s. Cole was the APEX Predator Offensive Player of the Game against Notre Dame and Cincinnati. Cole played at Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Md., where he also played basketball and rugby. He has two younger brothers, Greyson and Evan. His full name is Christopher Cole Boozer. Cole was on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and he majored in adult and organizational development. Evan Boozer is heading to Temple, and he also wore No. 87 in high school. Uncle Doug Boozer lived in Milton.

Matt Gono

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound senior offensive tackle from Wesley College, out of Cinnaminson High School in New Jersey, was recently named to the 2017 D3football.com All-American third team. The American Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press named Gono to the first team. He is the first Wolverine to be named to all three All-American teams since quarterback Joe Callahan in 2015, who is now with the Green Bay Packers. The Wesley Sports Information Department reports, “Matt is one of the best offensive linemen in the country, regardless of division. All 32 NFL teams have been to Wesley's campus to see Gono play.” Gono did not allow a sack all year and helped lead the Wolverines to the best offense in the NJAC with 5,295 total yards, including 2,477 yards on the ground. Matt will graduate in May with a degree in law and justice. 

Duron Harmon

All day Monday, pundits talked about the Patriots-Steelers game and the apparent winning catch by tight end Jesse James that was ruled “not a catch.” But no one mentioned the next play and New England’s game-saving interception by 6-foot-1, 205-pound Duron Harmon. Harmon graduated from Caesar Rodney High School of the Henlopen Conference. He then played at Rutgers University and was a 2013 third-round pick. He’s a five-year NFL survivor as a non-starter nickel back specialist and a co-captain of the team. Harmon is an amazing story and a young man who makes the Riders proud every time he steps onto the field. Harmon occasionally starts at the safety position. Harmon was the 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year in Delaware. The game-saving pick of Big Ben Roethlisberger was the third time Harmon saved a game. The other two were when he picked off Miami’s Ryan Tannehill in the end zone with nine seconds to play to secure the Patriots’ 31-24 win over the Dolphins Sept. 18, 2016, and when he intercepted a Joe Flacco pass in the end zone with 1:39 left to preserve the Patriots’ 35-31 lead in an AFC Divisional win versus Baltimore Jan. 10, 2015.

Shawn Miller

The Delaware Valley University senior safety football player out of Laurel High School was named to the 2017 D3football.com All-American team. Miller is just the sixth member of the Aggies to be named to the first team. Miller was also named second-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and was an All-Middle Atlantic first-team choice for the third year in a row. Miller had two interception returns for touchdowns and had six interceptions on the year to go along with 60 solo tackles. Shawn is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound safety with NFL-level speed and skill. The scouts already have him on their radar. We recently featured Miller in the Athletes of the Week, but being named to the All-American team brings him back.