Jan. 16, 2014
College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The honors continue to come in after the New Year for stars of the 2013 Patriot League football season as Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich and wide receiver Sam Ajala and Lehigh wide receiver Lee Kurfis were all named to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team this week.
Nebrich was one of three quarterbacks named to the squad, while Ajala and Kurfis were among five receivers selected. Fordham junior tight end Dan Light joined his classmates as an honorable mention pick behind the two players named at his position.
Kurfis enjoyed an outstanding season for the Mountain Hawks, setting a school record and placing second in Patriot League history with 99 receptions and coming in fourth place in League annals with 1,351 receiving yards. Kurfis also caught nine touchdowns, and led the FCS with 122.8 receiving yards per game. He was one of two receivers to be named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the Most Outstanding Player in FCS, and was named a first-team All-American by Sports Network and second-team by AP to close out his career.
Fordham's prolific offense propelled the Rams to a 12-2 record and the second round of the FCS playoffs, and Nebrich, Ajala and Light each earn praise for their contributions to the attack. Nebrich finished the year with Patriot League single-season records for passing yardage (4,380), passing touchdowns (35), total offense (4,893), touchdowns responsible for (44), completion percentage (73.5) and passing efficiency (171.3), and his 353 completions were just five off the League record. Nebrich was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and finished fifth in the Walter Payton Award voting. Ajala was his top receiver with 93 catches for a Patriot League single-season record 1,646 yards and 14 touchdowns. The first-team All-Patriot League pick came in fourth in League history in receptions and tied for second in touchdown catches, and was named a second-team All-American by both Sports Network and AP. Light hauled in 66 receptions for 588 yards and two touchdowns, with 22 receptions for 190 yards in Fordham's two playoff games.
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