Nov. 12, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three familiar names picked up Patriot League football weekly awards on Monday, as Colgate's Gavin McCarney, Georgetown's Robert McCabe and Fordham's Patrick Murray each added another honor after continuing outstanding senior seasons with standout performances over the weekend.
McCarney earned his second consecutive and fourth overall Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honor after running for 121 yards and three touchdowns as Colgate won the League title and automatic playoff berth with a 35-24 victory at No. 5/8 Lehigh. McCabe claimed his third Defensive Player of the Week award of the season after making 12 tackles with two sacks in a 10-3 win over Bucknell, while Murray took home a staggering seventh Special Teams Player of the Week award for making a pair of field goals and averaging 48.4 yards on five punts in a 36-27 win over Lafayette. Georgetown freshman running back Jo'el Kimpela claimed the Rookie of the Week award for the second time after totaling 98 rushing and 126 all-purpose yards in the win over Bucknell.
Honorable mention status went to a trio of seniors, with Fordham running back Carlton Koonce, Holy Cross linebacker Erik Wachter and Colgate defensive back Mike Yeager earning the distinction.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (Nov. 10)
Offensive Player of the Week
Gavin McCarney, QB, Colgate Sr., 6-2, 205 (Jefferson Township, N.J./Jefferson Township)
McCarney led Colgate to a rally for the Patriot League title as he directed the offense to three second-half touchdowns in a 35-24 victory at No. 5/8 Lehigh on Saturday. He carried 24 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns, including a score that brought Colgate within 24-21 late in the third quarter and another that served as the game-winner with 9:15 to play in the contest. He led the Raiders on second-half scoring drives of 80, 94 and 62 yards as Colgate held the ball for 43:51. It was his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game, and McCarney also completed 13-of-21 passes for 180 yards to go over 300 yards of total offense. He leads the nation with 12.8 points per game and is second in the FCS in points responsible for, fourth in passing efficiency, seventh in total offense and 16th in rushing. McCarney receives the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award for the fourth time, and second in a row.
Defensive Player of the Week
Robert McCabe, LB, Georgetown Sr., 6-2, 230 (Newtown, Pa./Malvern Prep)
The top tackler in the country had another fine effort with 12 tackles and two sacks to lead a dominant defense in Georgetown's 10-3 win over Bucknell Saturday. The Hoyas limited the Bison to seven first downs, 0-of-11 on third down and 168 total yards. McCabe broke his own school single-season tackles record and now stands with 144 stops on the season, 16 more than any other player in the FCS. He has double-digit tackles in 18 consecutive games. McCabe earns his third Defensive Player of the Week award of the season and fourth in his career.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Patrick Murray, P/K, Fordham Sr., 5-7, 182 (Mahwah, N.J./Don Bosco Prep)
Murray continues to lead the nation in both field goals and punting after making both of his field goal attempts and averaging 48.4 yards on five punts in a 36-27 win over Lafayette on Saturday. The field goals were from 31 and 25 yards out, while three of the five punts were downed inside the 20. Murray has connected on his last 10 field goal attempts, and has four more field goals than any kicker in the country with a school and League record 23. Murray is named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for the seventh time this season, and fifth in a row following a week where Fordham was in action.
Rookie of the Week
Jo'El Kimpela, RB, Georgetown Fr., 5-10, 185 (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity (Texas)
Kimpela earns his second Rookie of the Week award after totaling 126 all-purpose yards in Georgetown's 10-3 win over Bucknell Saturday. He carried 19 times for 98 yards and caught three passes for 28 yards. The rushing, receiving and all-purpose yardage marks were all career highs.
Carlton Koonce, RB, Fordham Sr., 5-8, 182 (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley)
Koonce carried 31 times for 189 yards and a touchdown and had 211 all-purpose yards in Fordham's 36-27 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
Erik Wachter, LB, Holy Cross Sr., 6-2, 218 (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central)
Wachter had a career-high 20 tackles, the most for a Holy Cross player since 2005, and tallied a forced and recovered fumble in the Crusaders' 31-30 loss to Wagner on Saturday.
Mike Yeager, DB, Colgate Sr., 5-8, 182 (Delran, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep)
Yeager had five tackles and two key second-half interceptions to help Colgate to the Patriot League title with a 35-24 win at No. 5/8 Lehigh on Saturday.