July 25, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. -
Patriot League 25th Anniversary Team.
A select group of players spanning four decades and seven different schools have been honored as the best of the best in Patriot League Football history with their selection to the League's 25th Anniversary Team, it was announced on Monday. Included on the list were three Rams: Barry Cantrell, Javarus Dudley and Tad Kornegay.
Colgate and Lehigh, the two winningest programs in Patriot League history, combined to make up half of the 26-man roster as the Raiders led the way with seven selections and the Mountain Hawks recorded six. Bucknell, Fordham, Holy Cross and Lafayette each placed three players on the team, while Towson had the remaining selection.
The Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team offense consists of Ryan Vena (Colgate, 1996-99) at quarterback, Kenny Gamble (Colgate, 1986-87) and Gordie Lockbaum (Holy Cross, 1986-87) at running back, Corey Hill (Colgate, 1995-98) and Javarus Dudley (Fordham, 2000-03) at wide receiver, Adam Bergen (Lehigh, 2001-04) at tight end, Will Rackley (Lehigh, 2007-10), Paul Clasby (Colgate, 1996-99), Luke George (Colgate, 1995-98), Nick Hennessey (Colgate, 2005-08) and Mariusz Misiec (Bucknell, 1994-97) on the offensive line, Jason McLaughlin (Lafayette, 1991-94) as the placekicker and A.J. Kizekai (Bucknell, 2006-09) as the all-purpose player.
On the other side of the ball, Nick Martucci (Lehigh, 1995-98), Corey Vincent (Holy Cross, 1988-91), Andrew Hollingsworth (Towson, 1997-00) and Hunter Adams (Bucknell, 1995-98) make up the defensive line, Greg Manusky (Colgate, 1986-87), Ian Eason (Lehigh, 1996-99), Andy Romans (Lafayette, 2005-08) and Matt Cohen (Lehigh, 2006-09) are the linebackers and Dave Murphy (Holy Cross, 1986-89), Tad Kornegay (Fordham, 2001-04), B.J. Gallis (Lafayette, 1993-96) and Abdul Byron (Lehigh, 1998-01) are in the defensive backfield. Barry Cantrell (Fordham, 1994-97) completes the squad as the punter.
The Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team was voted on by each of the seven current football member schools, with each institution getting one vote and ineligible to select their own players. Players qualified for the ballot by earning three-time All-Patriot League status; a first, second or third-team All-America honor from the four major awarding organizations; or a Patriot League Player, Offensive Player or Defensive Player of the Year award. Schools were also permitted to include additional candidates that did not meet the automatic qualification criteria.
Cantrell, who was also named to the Patriot League 15th Anniversary team, was a two-sport All-American at Fordham and a 1998 graduate of the Gabelli School of Business.
A standout on both the football field, for head coach Nick Quartaro, and on the track as a high jumper, for head coach Tom Dewey, Cantrell earned All-America honors in both sports as a senior in 1997-98. He was named First Team All-America in football by the Associated Press in 1997 as well as a First Team Burger King All-America and Second Team All-America by the Sports Network. As a senior, he led the NCAA I-AA and set a school record with a 45.8 yards/punt average.
Cantrell holds numerous school punting records including most career punts (267), career punting yards (10,649) and career punting average (39.9) as well as the Patriot League record for best season and career averages.
On the track in 1997-98, Cantrell won the high jump competition at the 1997-98 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships and earned 1998 Indoor All-America honors by placing eleventh at the NCAA National Championships. He also won the high jump competition at the 1998 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships with a meet record jump of 7' 1.75", a record that stills stands. Cantrell also holds the Fordham indoor and outdoor high jump records.
Cantrell was just as successful in the classroom, earning Academic All-American® in both sports as a senior in 1997-98 as well as being named Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year for football in 1996 and 1997.
The 1998 Vincent T. Lombardi Award winner, Cantrell was named to the Patriot League All-Anniversary Team in 2001.
Following graduation, Cantrell signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and was assigned to play for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League, winning the 1999 World Bowl championship. He would later appear in two games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2000.
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Cantrell currently resides in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and is employed as a Financial Advisor with Bernstein Investment Research & Management. He was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dudley, a consensus First Team All-American as a senior in 2003, became the first Fordham receiver to compile more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season, accomplishing the feat three times. He was named the 2002 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year as well as First Team All-League in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Dudley graduated as the Patriot League career leader in receptions (295), receiving yards (4,197), receiving touchdowns (34), all-purpose yards (7,121), kickoff returns (111) and kickoff return yardage (2,663), all records that still stand. He also holds Fordham single-season marks for receptions (101, set in 2004), receiving yards (1,439, set in 2004) and kickoff return yards (840, set in 2002)
As a senior, Dudley caught 101 passes for 1,439 yards and 14 touchdowns. He set Fordham school records for both receptions in a season and receiving yards in a season, breaking the record of 77 receptions for 1,106 yards which he set as a junior. Dudley finished the year leading the NCAA I-AA in receptions per game (8.42) and was third in receiving yards per game (119.9) as well as being ranked 18th in scoring (8.00 points/game). He also set Patriot League records for most receptions in a season, breaking the old record of 88, and receiving yards in a season, breaking the former record of 1,322.
Following graduation, Dudley started a professional career with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football league (AFL). He was named to the 2006 AFL All-Rookie team, helping the Predators to ArenaBowl XX, the 2006 AFL Championship, in Las Vegas in his rookie season. In the title game, Dudley caught ten passes for a game-high 117 yards and four touchdowns.
Dudley led the 2007 Orlando team with 107 catches for 1,524 yards and 29 touchdowns while also rushing 16 times for 20 yards and four scores before moving to New Orleans where he was a member of the New Orleans Voodoo in 2008, recording 1,099 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.
A native of Hollywood, Florida, Dudley is a high school football coach. He was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
A defensive stalwart for the Football Rams from 2001-04, Kornegay enjoyed a record setting career at Rose Hill, capped by earning All-America honors as a senior in 2004.
As a senior in 2004, Kornegay was named First Team All-Patriot League for the second straight season, leading the league in interceptions with eight, while twice setting a school varsity record with three interceptions in a game. He first accomplished the feat against Duquesne on September 25th and then repeated it on October 9th versus Brown. The eight interceptions also tied for the second-best single season performance in the Patriot League, tying Kornegay with Bucknell's Kevin Eiben, who had eight picks in 2000. The league record is nine, set by Holy Cross' Dave Murphy in 1987.
Following that season, Kornegay was named a 2004 First Team All-America by the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as well as a Walter Camp Division I-AA and Sports Network I-AA All-American. He was also a finalist for the 2004 Buck Buchanan Award as the NCAA I-AA Defensive Player of the Year as awarded by the Sports Network, finishing 14th in the voting and was one of 40 players named to the 2004 NCAA I-AA.org All-Star Team. Kornegay was also named the 2004 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
Over his Fordham career, Kornegay recorded 14 interceptions, tied for second-best in school history and third best in Patriot League history. He also amassed 198 total tackles, 148 solo and four for loss, and broke up 34 passes.
Kornegay capped his career by winning the 2005 Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Award at the annual Block F Awards Dinner.
A native of Trenton, N.J., Kornegay played for seven years in the Canadian Football league, most recently for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He helped lead the Roughriders to the 2007 Grey Cup title.
Kornegay was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame last February.
Players on the Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team will be profiled leading up and throughout the 2011 season, along with features on additional student-athletes, coaches and teams in Patriot League history.