Oct. 28, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Lafayette quarterback Drew Reed made history on Monday by becoming the first freshman to win the Patriot League Football Offensive Player of the Week award, and also claimed the Rookie of the Week honor for outstanding performance in a win at Holy Cross on Saturday.
Reed completed 21-of-22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns without any interceptions to lead the Leopards to a key 41-23 win. He completed his final 20 passes in the game, tying the Patriot League record for consecutive completions set just two weeks by Fordham's Mike Nebrich against Georgetown.
Student-athletes from Bucknell took the remaining two honors for their performance in a 48-10 win over No. 15 Lehigh on Saturday, which was the first victoy for the Bison over the Mountain Hawks since 1997. Matthew Steinbeck was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for notching two interceptions with eight tackles in the win, while Derek Maurer hit a pair of field goals and all six of his extra points.
Honorable mention status went to Bucknell freshman running back CJ Williams, Colgate senior quarterback Gavin McCarney, Lafayette senior wide receiver Mark Ross and Holy Cross freshman running back Gabe Guild.
Patriot League Football Weekly Awards (Oct. 26)
Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week
DREW REED, LAFAYETTE Fr., QB, 6-0, 185; Lakeland, Tenn./Arlington
Reed becomes the first Patriot League freshman to win the Offensive Player of the Week award, and also takes home the Rookie of the Week honor for a memorable performance in his first career start on Saturday at Holy Cross. Reed completed 21-of-22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns without any interceptions to lead the Leopards to a key 41-23 win that pushed them to 2-0 in the Patriot League. Reed completed his final 20 passes in the game, tying the Patriot League record for consecutive completions set just two weeks by Fordham's Mike Nebrich against Georgetown. The five passing touchdowns were the most by a Patriot League quarterback this season, and top mark for a Leopard signal-caller since Rob Curley had a school and Patriot League record with seven against Colgate on Nov. 7, 2009. Reed's passing efficiency rating of 278.5 was the second-best single-game mark in the FCS this season. In the last two games, Reed has completed 38-of-44 passes for 518 yards and seven touchdowns. He is honored by the Patriot League for the first time, and is Lafayette's first winner in either category this season.
Defensive Player of the Week
MATTHEW STEINBECK, BUCKNELL Jr., DB, 6-0, 210; Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny
Steinbeck played a big role in a great defensive effort for Bucknell in a 48-10 upset of No. 15 Lehigh by recording eight tackles and notching two of the team's four interceptions. Steinbeck had his second-highest tackle total of the year and his third career multi-interception game, which put him in the top 10 in the FCS in career interceptions with 10. Bucknell forced five Lehigh turnovers in the game and held the Mountain Hawks to their lowest point total since the 2011 postseason. Steinbeck is selected as Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time.
Special Teams Player of the Week
DEREK MAURER, BUCKNELL Jr., PK, 6-0, 180; Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway
Maurer nailed both of his field-goal attempts and all six of his extra-point tries in Bucknell's 48-10 win over No. 15 Lehigh on Saturday. He made kicks of 32 and 28 yards in the game, both coming in the first 10 minutes to help Bucknell open an early 13-0 lead. Maurer's six made extra points were the most by a Bison player since 2008. He is now 7-of-8 on field goals and 16-of-17 on extra points for the season, and is second on the team with 37 points. Maurer also kicked off for the first time, averaging 64.0 yards on a pair of kickoffs. Maurer is honored by the Patriot League for the first time in his career.
CJ WILLIAMS, BUCKNELL Fr., RB, 6-1, 205; Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall/Navy Prep
Williams carried 28 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns in Bucknell's 48-10 win over No. 15 Lehigh.
GAVIN McCARNEY, COLGATE Sr., QB, 6-1, 205; Jefferson Township, N.J./Jefferson Township
McCarney went 20-of-28 for 248 yards and three touchdowns and carried 12 times for 109 yards and a score in a 34-14 win at Georgetown. It was his 11th game with 300 yards of total offense, and McCarney became just the third player in FCS history with career totals of 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards.
MARK ROSS, LAFAYETTE Sr., WR, 6-3, 207; Aliqippa, Pa./Hopewell
Ross had eight receptions for 151 yards and three touchdowns in Lafayette's 41-23 win at Holy Cross, and in the process became the school's all-time record-holder for receptions (169) and receiving yards (2,409).
GABE GUILD, HOLY CROSS Fr., RB, 5-11, 190; Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission South
Guild carried 23 times for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns in Holy Cross' loss to Lafayette.