July 25, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior captain linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) was named Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year when the major awards were announced during Patriot League Football Media Day at Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday morning. McCabe becomes Georgetown's first major preseason award-winner since joining the Patriot League in 2001.
McCabe, a First Team All-Patriot League selection, following the 2011 season shattered the Georgetown single-season record with 134 tackles, while leading the league, averaging 12.2 tackles per game. McCabe was also among the league leaders with four interceptions and five pass breakups. McCabe is the first Hoyas player to earn a major preseason award since the team joined the Patriot League in 2001.
"It's a well deserved honor for Robert," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "We all know that he's the best defensive player in the Patriot League and it's an honor that he's being recognized by the other coaches and media around the league as an impact player."
"It's definitely an honor to be recognized by the coaches and media from around the Patriot League," McCabe said. "I think this award, as well as the awards that Andrew Schaetzke
won last year speak to the job that Coach Kelly has done with the program. I think any defensive player will tell you there are no individual awards on the defensive side. It takes 11 guys, especially our front seven who do a great job, making it easy to run around and make plays. Still, it's an honor and I hope we can earn more along with a Patriot League Championship."
The Patriot League also announced its inaugural preseason all-league team during the morning ceremonies, with McCabe joined by senior cornerback/return specialist Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and sophomore offensive lineman Mike Roland (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables).
Moore was a first-team all-league selection as a cornerback and return specialist following the 2011 season, after intercepting four passes for 178 and a touchdown in eight games. Moore averaged 29.2 yards per kick-off return, the highest single-season average in program history.
Roland was an second team all-league selection following the 2011 season, after starting seven games as a freshman, mostly at left guard to help the Hoyas to its best offensive season since 1999.
The League also released its preseason poll, with the Hoyas projected fourth, with 33 votes, including two first place votes.Georgetown finished tied for second with a 3-2 league record in 2011 and return 17 of its 22 starters, including 10 on offense.
Patriot League Preseason Poll