Feb. 5, 2013
College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty
College Sports Journal All-America
College Sports Journal All-Freshman
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two more media organizations covering the Football Championship Subdivision released their All-America lists recently and the Patriot League was well-represented.
Fordham senior Patrick Murray was named the Special Teams Player of the Year by College Sports Journal, and was joined by teammate Carlton Koonce and Georgetown senior Robert McCabe on the organization's All-America list. McCabe, Murray and Colgate's Jordan McCord were all named to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-Star Team, with Lehigh's Michael Colvin receiving honorable mention.
College Sports Journal also put out an All-Freshman Team that included Holy Cross' Kalif Raymond and Lafayette's Jamel Smith as return specialists.
Murray was named a consensus All-American placekicker by the four major awarding organizations (Sports Network, Associated Press, Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association). He was also named the 2012 Fred Mitchell Award winner as the top placekicker from the FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA and the FCS Placekicker of the Year by College Football Performance Awards.
He had the best year for a field goal kicker in Patriot League history, going 25-of-30 to shatter the single-season Patriot League record of 19 made field goals and come within just one of the FCS record. He had four field goals of 50 yards or longer, including a Patriot League record and FCS single-season high 55-yarder against Cincinnati on Oct. 13. No other FCS kicker hit more than twice from 50 yards and beyond. Murray was nearly as proficient as a punter, placing second in the nation with a 46.0 average.
Murray was honored as a placekicker/punter by College Sports Journal and a punter by College Sporting News.
McCabe was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Patriot League selection at linebacker after leading the nation in tackles with 159, finishing the regular season with 28 more than any other FCS player. McCabe also added 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks for the season to wrap up one of the top careers for a defensive player in Patriot League history. He finished fourth in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award as the Top Defensive Player in the Nation, and he earned three first-team All-America nods. He concludes his time at Georgetown with a school-record 407 tackles, placing him tied for fifth in Patriot League history with the top mark for any player since 1997. His 159 tackles this season also stand tied for fourth in League annals and mark the highest total for any player since 1995. McCabe had 19 consecutive games with double-digit tackles to finish his career. He played in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19.
Koonce was a first-team All-Patriot League selection who finished fourth in the nation with 145.09 rushing yards per game. He carried 300 times for 1,596 yards and 13 touchdowns, and also caught 48 passes for 313 yards and two scores to earn the all-purpose spot from College Sports Journal.
McCord carried 322 times for 1,708 yards and 23 touchdowns, tying his quarterback Gavin McCarney for the FCS lead in rushing touchdowns and finishing second in the nation in scoring to his teammate. McCord is fifth in the nation and second in the Patriot League with 142.33 rushing yards per game and stands 12th in the country in all-purpose yardage per contest. McCord earned first-team All-Patriot League honors.
Raymond and Smith each had strong seasons in their freshman year. Raymond had 32 kickoff returns for 777 yards and a touchdown to earn first-team All-Patriot League honors as the return specialist, while Smith was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year while totaling 38 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns and averaging 12.7 yards per punt return.
To read the full 2012 Patriot League Football season review, go here