July 31, 2013
Bethlehem, Pa. - Senior linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) has been named the 2013 Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, when the league announced preseason award winners during Patriot League Media Day at Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem Township, Pa. Wharton was the second consecutive Hoyas linebacker selected for the honor by the league's coaches and media.
"I'm very happy for Dustin and our football program," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "This is well deserved. Dustin has been a very productive player during his career, making 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons and it's nice to see that people are recognizing his accomplishments."
Joining Wharton on the 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League team is senior offensive lineman James Spaly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and senior defensive end Sean Campbell (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South). Spaly was named to the 2012 All-Patriot League Second Team following the season, while Campbell, who finished last season with 52 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (TFL) and 3.0 sacks earns his first league accolade.
"Sean does not always get the recognition he deserves, in terms of showing up on the stat sheet, but he does all of the right things to make us better and is a great example true team player and an excellent example for our guys," Kelly said. "I'm thrilled for James. Since he's been at Georgetown he's done a great job of developing his body and becoming one of the best lineman in the Patriot League. This is a testament to the work he has put in over his career."
Wharton, a two-time All-Patriot League selection, has compiled consecutive 100-tackle seasons and looks to become the first player in Georgetown football history to reach the mark in three seasons. He was named to the league's first team following a 2012 season where he finished third in the league with 104 tackles (9.45 tackles/game) and among the league leaders with 9.5 tackles for loss of 49 yards, 3.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.
Wharton follows former teammate Robert McCabe, who earned preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors prior to the 2012 season. Wharton will also look to push the Hoyas streak of consecutive postseason defensive player of the year honors to three, following McCabe and Andrew Schaetzke, who earned the award following the 2011 season.
The Patriot League also announced the results of its preseason poll, selecting Georgetown fifth with 26 votes behind Colgate (58 points, 8 first place votes), Lehigh (56, 6), Holy Cross (35) and Lafayette (32). GU was in front of Bucknell, who finished with 15 points in the poll.
Training camp on the Hilltop begins on Monday, August 5 at 7 p.m. on Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas open the 2013 season on the road at Wagner on Saturday, August 31.