Sept. 23, 2014 WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) was named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Defensive Lineman of the Week and sophomore punter Harry McCollum (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) was named the National Punter of the Week on Tuesday morning when weekly awards were announced.
The honors follow the Georgetown University football team's (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League) 17-3 victory over Brown University (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) on Saturday. It was the Hoyas first victory against the Bears in program history and its first home victory over an Ivy League opponent. May earns his first national honor of the season, while McCollum was a national punter of the week honorable mention following GU's game at Dayton
"Alec plays one hundred miles per hour all the time, whether it's practice, walk-through or games and he had an incredible game against Brown, so I'm very proud of him and he's very deserving," Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said. "Harry's done a great job kicking the ball all year. He had two tremendous punts against Brown, he averaged 49.0 yards per punt and he sealed the win for us on our fake punt. He did a great job of getting around the edge and getting a first down to help us preserve the win."
May led the Hoyas with nine tackles and a career-high four sacks and four tackles for loss of 30 yards, as the Hoya defense extended its streak to nine quarters without allowing a touchdown. He currently leads the Patriot League and Division I FCS with 8.5 sacks, averaging over two sacks per game. Since the end of the 2013 season, May has been one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the country with 15.5 sacks over his last seven games.
"I got lucky to be in the right place at the right time a few times," May said. "It was a great defensive performance all around. We stopped the run in the beginning of the game and made them throw and then Ettian Scott came up with two big interceptions."
McCollum averaged 49.0 yards per punt on six tries on Saturday, pinning two inside the 20-yard line with a long of 59 yards. He also kept a GU drive alive in the fourth quarter when he rushed for 13 yards on a fake punt for a Georgetown first down, helping set up a field goal, the final score of the game. McCollum is currently second in the Patriot League and 15th in the nation, averaging 43.2 yards per punt.
"Last week I worked with Coach Luke Thompson on my form and it paid off on Saturday," McCollum said. "I was hitting some really good balls and the coverage unit did a great job of downing the one inside the five yard line and on my rush everyone was executing their blocks."
May, McCollum and the Hoyas will return to action on Saturday, September 27 when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to open Patriot League play against Colgate (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League). Kick-off is scheduled for noon at Andy Kerr Stadium. Saturday's game will be broadcast via the American Sports Network in 30 different states. Fans can check their local listings to find their American Sports Network affiliate.