Andy Romans '09 was a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
July 25, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Three former members of the Lafayette football program have been named to the Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team, as announced this afternoon by the league office. Defensive back B.J. Gallis '97, placekicker Jason McLaughlin '95 and linebacker Andy Romans '09 were voted to the silver anniversary squad by the seven current football member schools of the Patriot League.
The 1996 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Gallis also earned Associate Press and The Sports Network All-America status in his final campaign with the Leopards. He was a two-time All-Patriot League honoree and claimed team Most Valuable Player laurels in the 1996 season. Gallis, a member of Lafayette's 1994 Patriot League Championships team who was also named to the Patriot League Football 15th Anniversary Team in 2000, went on to play three seasons in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos.
McLaughlin was the only Leopard to earn All-Patriot League honoree in all four of his seasons on College Hill, a run that included a pair of first-team distinctions. He currently holds the all-time Lafayette and Patriot League records with 255 career points as a kicker. McLaughlin, who was a member of two Patriot League Championship teams (1992 and 1994), was previously recognized on the Patriot League Football 15th Anniversary Team.
A cornerstone of back-to-back Patriot League Championship squads in 2005 and 2006, Romans was a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for the Leopards. Romans, who led the Leopards in tackles in three consecutive All-Patriot League-caliber seasons, was invited to New York Giants' minicamp after graduation and later joined the coaching staff at Muhlenberg College.
"Being named to the 25th Anniversary Team for the Patriot League is an enormous honor for me," said Romans. "I was fortunate to be able to play for some great coaches and with some great teammates during my career at Lafayette College; my success as a player can certainly be attributed to that."
Players on the Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team will be profiled on the Patriot League website leading up and throughout the 2011 season, along with features on additional student-athletes, coaches and teams throughout Patriot League history.