Nov. 20, 2012
Football Academic All-Patriot League Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Colgate senior Chris Looney was selected as the 2012 Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned one of 14 spots on the sport's Academic All-Patriot League Team, it was announced on Tuesday. The awards are voted on by the Patriot League's football sports information directors.
Looney was joined on the Academic All-Patriot League Team by Bucknell senior Samuel Oyekoya, Fordham seniors Patrick Murray and Brendan Melanophy and sophomore Dan Light, Georgetown senior Donald Rhodes, Holy Cross senior Tom Mannix, junior John Macomber and sophomore Sam Jones, Lafayette juniors Mark Ross, Brad Bormann and Greg Kessel and Lehigh seniors Zach Barket and Ryan Spadola.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team is in its third season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Football Academic All-Patriot League Team has 14 student-athletes to equal one-half the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team. Looney, Macomber, Mannix, Ross, Barket and Spadola are each on the team for the second year in a row.
Looney helped Colgate to the Patriot League title and a berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship by recording 38 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns to play a key role in the team's offense which is in the top three nationally in both scoring and total yardage. Looney earned a second-team All-Patriot League selection on Tuesday.
An International Relations & History major, Looney carries a cumulative grade-point average of 3.90 in his senior year at Colgate. He has received the Colgate University Dean's Award for Excellence and been placed on the school's Athletics Honor Roll four times apiece. He is a Charles A. Dana Scholar for "superior achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the college community."
Looney has done plenty of work off the field in his time in Hamilton. He has been part of the Colgate University Leadership Academy for three years and is an Executive Board Member for Uplifting Athletes, helping to raise more than $15,000 for Ependymoma Research. He also participated in events for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, breast cancer and families of cancer victims and served as a mentor for fifth-grade students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
This is not the first time Looney is being recognized for his work on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He was named a Capital One Academic All-District selection earlier in the month and an initial nominee for the 2012 All State AFCA Good Works Team prior to the season.
Looney is the second Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year from Colgate, and first since John Frieser won the award in 2003.
Eight of the 14 Academic All-Patriot League Team selections were also honored with a spot on the Patriot League Football All-League Team on Tuesday. Oyekoya, Murray, Light, Ross and Spadola made the first team, while Looney, Mannix and Macomber were second-team selections.
In addition to Looney, Murray, Melanophy, Mannix, Jones, Ross, Kessel, Bormann, Barket and Spadola all made the Capital One Academic All-District Team earlier in the month.
Each of the Academic All-Patriot League selections excels in the classroom. Oyekoya carries a 3.23 cumulative GPA while majoring in Economics & Political Science at Bucknell. Murray holds a 3.62 cumulative GPA as a Finance major at Fordham in addition to enjoying one of the best seasons for a placekicker in FCS history. Melanophy carries a 3.69 mark while also majoring in Finance, while Light maintains a 3.58 GPA as a Business Administration major. Rhodes is majoring in Government at Georgetown and holds a GPA of 3.43. Holy Cross' trio all stands out in the classroom as well as the field, as Macomber holds a 3.68 GPA as a History major while Mannix has a 3.40 mark and Jones a 3.63 while both majoring in Political Science. Ross has a 3.58 GPA as an Economics major at Lafayette, while Bormann has a 3.72 mark while majoring in Biology and Kessel maintains a 3.38 GPA as an Economics major. Barket carries a 3.46 GPA as an Accounting major at Lehigh while Spadola has a 3.31 mark as a Supply Chain Management major.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Chris Looney, Colgate, Sr.
Football Academic All-Patriot League Team
Samuel Oyekoya, Bucknell, Sr.
Chris Looney, Colgate, Sr.
Dan Light, Fordham, So.
Patrick Murray, Fordham, Sr.
Brendan Melanophy, Fordham, Sr.
Donald Rhodes, Georgetown, Sr.
Sam Jones, Holy Cross, So.
John Macomber, Holy Cross, Jr.
Tom Mannix, Holy Cross, Sr.
Brad Bormann, Lafayette, Jr.
Greg Kessel, Lafayette, Jr.
Mark Ross, Lafayette, Jr.
Zach Barket, Lehigh, Sr.
Ryan Spadola, Lehigh, Sr.