Patriot League Announces Football Weekly Awards Fordham's Koonce, Lafayette's Gralish join pair from Georgetown as honorees
Georgetown's Jeremy Moore had a big game on Saturday to earn the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.
Sept. 17, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- After a weekend where five of seven games were decided by seven points or less, four Patriot League football student-athletes that played a role in those close contests were honored as weekly award winners on Monday.
Fordham's Carlton Koonce was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week after carrying 31 times for a career-high 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 win over Cornell on Saturday. Though Georgetown fell in a 24-21 heartbreaker against Yale, two Hoyas were honored with weekly awards. Jeremy Moore claimed the Defensive Player of the Week award for tallying 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced and recovered fumble and two interceptions, including one he returned 41 yards for a touchdown, in the game while Kevin Macari was named Special Teams Player of the Week for putting the Hoyas on the board with a 79-yard punt return for a score. Lafayette freshman Ryan Gralish wraps up the award winners as the Rookie of the Week for his placekicking and kickoff duties in the Leopards' 28-21 win over Penn on Saturday.
Honorable mention status went to Colgate's Jordan McCord, Lafayette's Darius Safford and Lehigh's Nigel Muhammad. Full write-ups for both the players of the week and honorable mention recipients are included below.
Patriot League Football Weekly Awards (Sept. 15)
Offensive Player of the Week Carlton Koonce, RB, FordhamSr., 5-8, 180 (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) In a game filled with offense in the second half, Koonce carried Fordham to victory by rushing for a career-high 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 win over Cornell on Saturday. He carried 31 times and also caught four passes for 13 yards to total 189 all-purpose yards. Koonce cut Fordham's deficit to 14-12 with a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, then sealed the win with a 10-yard score that put the Rams up 34-21 in the final minute. The 176-yard game is the 17th-best in Fordham history, and Koonce rushed for 121 yards in the second half alone. He is Fordham's first Offensive Player of the Week since 2009 with the Rams ineligible for weekly honors in the past two seasons.
Defensive Player of the Week Jeremy Moore, DB, GeorgetownSr., 5-11, 185 (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) Although it came in a loss, Moore had another memorable day against his hometown school. The New Haven, Conn. native totaled 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced and recovered fumble and two interceptions, including one he returned 41 yards for a touchdown, in Georgetown's 24-21 loss to Yale on Saturday. His interception return gave Georgetown a 14-7 lead in the second quarter and was his second-career touchdown against the Bulldogs to go along with a kickoff return in 2010. Moore earns his first-career Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award to go along with a Special Teams weekly honor for his performance against Yale two years ago. He is Georgetown's third consecutive Defensive Player of the Week winner to start the season.
Special Teams Player of the Week Kevin Macari, WR/PR, GeorgetownSo., 6-2, 198 (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) Macari got Georgetown on the board in the second quarter of an eventual 24-21 loss to Yale when he returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown to even the score at 7-7. It was his first-career punt return touchdown, and the second-longest punt return for a score in Georgetown history. It was his second straight game with an impact on special teams as a 33-yard punt return set up Georgetown's only touchdown in a 13-10 win over Wagner last week. Macari, who was a Patriot League Rookie of the Week once last year, earns his first Special Teams honor.
Rookie of the Week Ryan Gralish, PK, LafayetteFr., 6-1, 215 (Mars, Pa./Mars) Gralish took over the placekicking and kickoff duties for the Leopards and made both of his extra-point attempts while averaging 62 yards on five kickoffs in a 28-21 win over Penn on Saturday. He is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
Jordan McCord, RB, ColgateSr., 5-11, 215 (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) McCord carried 28 times for 167 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lead Colgate to a 35-14 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday.
Darius Safford, DB, LafayetteSr., 5-10, 185 (Douglasville, Ga./Alexander) Safford had two big interceptions in Lafayette's 28-21 win over Penn on Saturday, returning one 31 yards for a touchdown that made it 14-0 in the second quarter and clinching the win with a pick in the final minutes.
Nigel Muhammad, LB, LehighJr., 6-0, 230 (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) Muhammad had 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, career highs in all three categories, in No. 13/16 Lehigh's 17-14 win over Princeton on Saturday.