Dec. 4, 2012
AFCA FCS All-America Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The first major All-America team is out in the Football Championship Subdivision, with two standout Patriot League seniors making the list from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Fordham placekicker Patrick Murray and Georgetown linebacker Robert McCabe each made AFCA All-America list, which consists of just one team of 25 players. Each enjoyed a stellar senior season, with Murray leading the nation in field goals and McCabe topping all FCS players in tackles.
McCabe was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Patriot League selection at linebacker after leading the nation in tackles with 159, finishing the regular season with 28 more than any other FCS player. He is a strong candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the Top Defensive Player in the nation. McCabe also added 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks for the season to wrap up one of the top careers for a defensive player in Patriot League history. He concludes his time at Georgetown with a school-record 407 tackles, placing him tied for fifth in Patriot League history with the top mark for any player since 1997. His 159 tackles this season also stand tied for fourth in League annals and mark the highest total for any player since 1995. McCabe had 19 consecutive games with double-digit tackles to finish his career.
Murray had the best year for a field goal kicker in Patriot League history, going 25-of-30 to shatter the single-season Patriot League record of 19 made field goals and come within just one of the FCS record. He had four field goals of 50 yards or longer, including a Patriot League record and FCS single-season high 55-yarder against Cincinnati on Oct. 13. No other FCS kicker hit more than twice from 50 yards and beyond. Murray was nearly as proficient as a punter, placing second in the nation with a 46.0 average. He earned first-team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and punter.
McCabe was one of just three linebackers on the AFCA All-America Team, while Murray is the lone placekicker.
It is the third straight year that the Patriot League is represented on the AFCA All-America Team, and second in a row with two selections after Georgetown defensive lineman Andrew Schaetzke and Lehigh wide receiver Ryan Spadola made the team last season. McCabe gives Georgetown a representative for the second year in a row after Schaetzke's honor last season, while Murray is Fordham's first AFCA All-American since 2004.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best -- the coaches themselves.
The AFCA team is one of four in the FCS used to determine consensus All-America status. The others, which will be out in the coming weeks, are The Sports Network, Walter Camp and the Associated Press.
Additional outlets will also produce All-America teams throughout the month. The first was from College Sports Madness, which put Lehigh senior offensive lineman Mike Vuono on the first team with Murray and McCabe on the second team.
For the full AFCA FCS All-America Team, go here