Five Patriot Leaguers Named Sports Network FCS All-Americans

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Fordham senior Patrick Murray
Fordham senior Patrick Murray

Dec. 11, 2012

Sports Network FCS All-America Team

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five Patriot League players were selected to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team on Monday, with Fordham placekicker Patrick Murray and Georgetown linebacker Robert McCabe earning first-team status.

Murray and McCabe were each honored as All-Americans for the second time, as they were both placed on the AFCA All-America team last week. They both remain in contention for consensus All-America status with the Associated Press and Walter Camp teams still to come.

They were joined on The Sports Network All-America team by three players from Patriot League champion Colgate. Junior quarterback Gavin McCarney, the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and fifth-place finisher in the Walter Payton Award voting, made the second team. Senior running back Jordan McCord and senior offensive lineman Ryan Risch each made the third team.

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 and is a candidate for the Fred Mitchell Award as the top FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA placekicker.

Murray earns All-America honors from The Sports Network for the second year in a row after making the third team as a punter last season.

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 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

McCarney finished the year completing 159-of-256 passes for 2,372 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions and rushing 193 times for 1,406 yards and 23 touchdowns. He leads the nation in scoring with 11.67 points per game, is fourth in the FCS in points responsible for, seventh in passing efficiency, ninth in total offense and 12th in rushing. McCarney set a Patriot League single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback, with his 288-yard performance against Lafayette on Nov. 3 standing as the second-best rushing day by any player in Patriot League history. He led Colgate to a top-five mark nationally in rushing, total and scoring offense, and the Raiders averaged 49.3 points and 576.8 yards of total offense per game during Patriot League play.

McCarney is the third Patriot League quarterback in the last four seasons to earn Sports Network All-America honors, as Lehigh's Chris Lum was a second-team pick last season and Holy Cross' Dominic Randolph made the third team in 2009.

McCord carried 322 times for 1,708 yards and 23 touchdowns, tying McCarney for the FCS lead in rushing touchdowns and finishing second in the nation in scoring to his quarterback. McCord is fifth in the nation and second in the Patriot League with 142.33 rushing yards per game and stands 12th in the country in all-purpose yardage per contest. McCord earned first-team All-Patriot League honors.

Risch helped pave the way for the Colgate offense which stands in the top five in the country in rushing, total and scoring offense. He was one of three Colgate offensive linemen that earned first-team All-Patriot League honors.

It is the fourth straight year with at least four Patriot Leaguers on The Sports Network FCS All-America Team, with 20 players selected during that span. Colgate's three selections matched Lehigh's total from each of the last two seasons.

For the full Sports Network FCS All-America Team, go here