Patriot League Top Football Plays of the Year



Nov. 28, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- All throughout the football season, the Patriot League has been producing "Top Plays of the Week," and with the regular season in the books, it's time to look back at the best of the best.

And the Patriot League is looking for the fans, via Twitter, to select the 2012 Patriot League Top Football Play of the Year. Watch all three videos and then read below about how to vote for your Top Play of the Year. Voting ends at noon Friday, Nov. 30.

With all the big plays, especially from the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Colgate QB Gavin McCarney -- who could fill highlight reel all by himself -- we had to do more than one Top-10 list to celebrate the 2012 season.

The Patriot League has instead produced three Top-10 lists: Top 10 Touchdown Passes of the Year, Top 10 Touchdown Rushes of the Year, and Top 10 Defensive/Special Teams Plays of the Year.

Top 10 Touchdown Passes of the Year
Lafayette wideout Mark Ross led the Patriot League with 10 touchdowns, and with his ability to make the big one-on-one play, it's clear why two of his 10 touchdown catches landed on the top 10 list. But he wasn't No. 1 on our list, and you'll see why.

Top 10 Rushing Touchdowns of the Year
Colgate quarterback Gavin McCarney led a stellar rushing attack for the Patriot League Champions, finishing the season with 23 touchdown runs, and they weren't all 1-yard QB sneaks. Nine were from outside the 10, and four were from 30 or more yards. Of course, three of his longest runs of the 2012 season had to be on this list. But he's not the only one who made the list more than once. Fordham's Carlton Koonce, who finished with 1,596 yards rushing and 13 TDs, averaged a League-best 145.1 yards per game, and he provided one of the best juke moves of 2012.

Top 10 Defensive/Special Teams Plays of the Year
From interceptions, to fourth-down goal-line stands, to record-tying field goals to big special teams plays, it's all here. Fordham's Patrick Murray tied a Patriot League record with his 52-yard field goal against Lock Haven, while Georgetown's Jeremy Moore had three defensive scores in 2012, and his 80-yard interception return for a touchdown against Lehigh was the best. But was it big enough to rank No. 1 on our list?

The Patriot League has selected five plays that fans can vote for to honor the Top Play of the Year. To vote, log on to Twitter and Tweet your vote by using the corresponding hashtags in your Tweet. All you have to do is copy and paste the bold hashtag/text and paste it into your Tweet. Voting ends at noon Friday, Nov. 30.

Holy Cross' Kalif Raymond's kickoff return, taking the kick off a high bounce and running 80 yards for a TD against Lafayette (No. 1 Play on "Top 10 Defensive/Special Teams Plays of the Year")

The McCarney "Leap": Colgate QB Gavin McCarney's 51-yard run for a TD vs. Holy Cross. (No. 2 Play on "Top 10 Rushing TDs of the Year")

Fordham RB Carlton Koonce's ankle-breaking juke for a 15-yard TD vs. Cornell. (No. 1 Play on "Top 10 Rushing TDs of the Year")

Lafayette WR Mark Ross' 27-yard TD grab, pulling the ball away from a Lehigh defender. (No. 2 Play on "Top 10 TD Passes of the Year")

Holy Cross WR Gerard Mistretta's off-balance, one-handed TD grab vs. Lehigh (No. 1 Play on "Top 10 TD Passes of the Year")

The Top 10 plays in each feature were selected from plays that were featured in the weekly Web feature "Top Plays of the Week." Video was provided by the member institutions and the League's broadcast partner, CBS Sports Network.