July 11, 2012
CFPA FCS Awards Watch List
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League players at every position have been named to College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists heading into the 2012 season, including nine that earned first-team All-Patriot League honors last year.
The Football Championship Subdivision watch list includes 24 returning Patriot League players, with two quarterbacks, two running backs, three wide receivers, three tight ends, one defensive lineman, three linebackers, four defensive backs, one placekicker, two punters, three kickoff returners, and one punt returner included. Georgetown senior Jeremy Moore was on the list at both defensive back and kick returner after receiving first-team All-Patriot League honors at both positions last season.
Holy Cross led all schools with five players named to the CFPA Watch Lists, while Lafayette, Lehigh and Georgetown each had four selections, including the two for Moore. Fordham and Colgate had three players selected while Bucknell had a pair.
At quarterback, Lafayette's Andrew Shoop and Colgate's Gavin McCarney were named to the list. Shoop threw for 2,024 yards and 15 touchdowns last year, while McCarney threw for 1,649 yards and 11 touchdowns and ran for 750 yards and nine scores.
Colgate's Jordan McCord and Lehigh's Zach Barket were named to the list at running back. McCord ran for 348 yards and four touchdowns last season, while Barket ran for 706 yards and four scores and caught five touchdowns out of the backfield.
At wide receiver, Holy Cross' Gerald Mistretta, Lafayette's Mark Ross, and Lehigh's Ryan Spadola earned a spot on the list. Mistretta totaled 723 receiving yards and six touchdowns last year, while Ross scored nine times while catching 49 passes for 703 yards and Spadola earned numerous All-America honrs by totaling 96 receptions for 1,614 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Mountain Hawks.
Fordham's Dan Light, Holy Cross' Josh Hauser, and Lehigh's Jamel Haggins were all named to the list at tight end. Light had 23 receptions for 233 yards last year, while Hauser made 14 receptions for 213 yards and Haggins caught 27 passes for 322 yards and two scores.
Fordham's Justin Yancey was the only defensive lineman to make the list. He recorded four total tackles and one pass break up in only two games last year after notching 41 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss as a freshman in 2010.
A trio of linebackers made the list. Bucknell's Beau Traber recorded 63 total tackles, 11.5 of which were for a loss, including three sacks and one fumble recovery last year, while Georgetown's Robert McCabe tallied 134 total tackles, four interceptions and five pass breakups and Holy Cross' Mike Tucker tallied 27 tackles and nine sacks.
The defensive back position is the most stacked according to CFPA, as Colgate's Mike Armiento, Georgetown's Jeremy Moore, Lafayette's Darius Safford and Lehigh's Bryan Andrews were named to the list. Armiento had 46 total tackles and two interceptions last season, while Moore earned first-team All-Patriot League honors by tallying 58 total tackles, three sacks four interceptions. Safford recorded 49 tackles as well as four interceptions and Andrews tallied 36 tackles and four interceptions.
The only placekicker to make the list was Holy Cross' John Macomber, who was 12-of-15 on field goals for the year.
Fordham's Patrick Murray won the Punter of the Year honor from CFPA last season after recording a 44.1 average on 49 punts. He is joined on the watch list by Lafayette's Ethan Swerdlow, who averaged 39.6 yards per punt.
At kick returner, three Patriot League players made the list. Bucknell's Tyler Smith is a dual-threat who also earned first-team All-Patriot League honors at running back last season. Georgetown's Jeremy Moore made the list at a second position as the first-team All-Patriot League kick returner averaged 29.2 yards per return. Holy Cross' Andrew Zitnik averaged 22.5 yards per return last season.
Georgetown's Kevin Macari was the only punt returner to be named to the list. Macari totaled 184 punt return yards, averaging 15.3 yards per return during his freshman year.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
For the full CFPA FCS watch list heading into the 2012 season, click here