April 28, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football wrapped up its spring season and honored its graduating seniors and award winners recently. Head Coach Kevin Kelly also announced the team's captains for the 2010 season and the recipient of the prestigious No. 35 jersey.
One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of the prestigious No. 35 Joe Eacobacci Memorial Jersey, which is given annually to the most exemplary member of the team in honor of a former player killed on Sept. 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Kelly, along with Associate Head Coach Rob Sgarlata, Joe's brother, Tom Eacobacci, presented the 2010 jersey to rising senior linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep). Parrish has been one of the team's top defensive players the last three years and among the best linebackers in the Patriot League. He finished last season with a team-leading 110 tackles, which ranked first in the Patriot League.
The football staff also announced Georgetown's captains for the 2010 season, with one player earning the nod on each side of the ball. For the second-straight year, one of the team's offensive linemen - rising senior Dan Semler (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) - was selected as the captain on the offensive side, while Parrish was selected as the team's other captain.
"I thought the players made great selections with their captains," Kelly said. "Dan is not a rah-rah guy, but he's one of the hardest workers we've had here and he has become a very good lineman for the team. You can't say enough about Nick Parrish. He's been one of best players we've had and he is a guy that his teammates will respond to. These two young men are great leaders for Georgetown football."
A series of team awards were presented by Kelly and the coaching staff at the banquet. Senior kicker Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) was named the team's Special Teams Player of the Year.
Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) was the recipient of the John J. Haggerty Award for Outstanding Back. The senior finished second on the team with 79 tackles last season and was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection.
Senior Dan Matheny (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) was the recipient of the George A. Murtaugh Award for Outstanding Lineman. Matheny, a two-time captain for Georgetown, was a four-year starter at center for the Hoyas.
Wide receiver Matt Kinnan (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers) was the honoree for the Mush Dudofsky Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete. Kinnan, a senior and place-holder on special teams, carries a 3.84 grade-point average in accounting. He is a four-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection.
Senior Chris Rau (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) was the recipient of the John D. Burke Award for Outstanding Courage and Spirit, while seniors Brooks Caston (Dallas, Texas/Pearce) and Jon Cassidy (Alton Bay, N.H./Saint John's Prep [Mass.]) were the co-winners of the Jeremiah Minihan Coaches Award.
Chudi Obianwu (Southampton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) was named the recipient of the Al Blozis Award for Most Valuable Player. The 6-3, 270-pound senior defensive lineman built a solid resume in his final year on the Hilltop, finishing fifth on the team in tackles with 63. He was second on the team, and ranked 18th in the Patriot League, with 7.0 tackles-for-loss, and also had 3.0 quarterback sacks.
Other honorees on the final day of spring ball included rising junior wide receiver Patrick Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and rising sophomore linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep), who were the recipients of the Robert Paul Dahut Award for Most Improved Player of the spring.