Dec. 13, 2012
AP FCS All-America Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After outstanding play during their senior seasons, Fordham placekicker Patrick Murray, Georgetown linebacker Robert McCabe and Colgate quarterback Gavin McCarney continue to reap the rewards with postseason honors.
The latest came on Wednesday as each player made the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Team. Murray and McCabe were each on the first team, giving them three major first-team All-America nods already this fall. McCarney earned a third-team selection at quarterback.
Murray and McCabe keep their hopes alive for consensus first-team All-America honors. Each player was previously selected by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), which chooses only one team, and also took first-team honors from The Sports Network earlier in the week. There are 12 FCS players nationally who can still earn consensus All-America honors, with only the release of the Walter Camp squad left to determine that status. Nine Patriot Leaguers have earned consensus FCS All-America honors from the four major awarding organizations, including seven who were designated with consensus first-team recogntion.
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 was named the Fred Mitchell Award winner as the top placekicker outside of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Murray earns All-America honors from the AP 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.
He is Georgetown's second AP All-American after former teammate Andrew Schaetzke was a second-team pick last year.
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 finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award.
McCarney is the third Patriot League quarterback in the last four seasons to earn AP All-America honors, as Lehigh's Chris Lum was a second-team pick last season and Holy Cross' Dominic Randolph made the second team in 2009.
It is the seventh straight year where multiple Patriot Leaguers made the AP All-America Team, and third in a row with at least one player on the first team.
For the full AP FCS All-America Team, go here