Cohen was All-PSAC East first team as a junior and senior and second team as a sophomore. Last season, when the Golden Rams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and finished 11-2, he was named third team Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One, All-ECAC, and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area. Prior to this season, Cohen was named preseason first team USA Football Network All-American. After leading the entire PSAC with 13.5 sacks for 91 yards and 20.0 tackles for loss this season, he was also named PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Year. His 1.23 sacks/game is good for fifth in the country and he set the career PSAC sack record with 33.5.
This season, Cohen had 39 solo tackles and 18 assists for 57 total tackles. He registered at least one sack in every game this season and was credited with two forced fumbles at Mercyhurst. Cohen is also a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award and a nominee for the Harlon Hill Trophy.
Among the 104 nominees, 48 are from Division II, 33 are from Division III and 23 are from NAIA schools. Finalists will be announced in the next two weeks and the overall winner will be announced on December 24. The trophy will be presented to the recipient at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet in February 2016.
The four nominees from the PSAC are:
- DB Jordan Bowman - California
- DE Andrew Cohen - West Chester
- DE Marcus Martin - Slippery Rock
- S Mike Zanders - Gannon
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