Sept. 26, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University football senior punter Harry McCollum (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) was named the Corvias Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week and junior defensive back David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) earned Honorable Mention on Monday. Both awards recognize their efforts during Georgetown’s 17-14 victory over Columbia University on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field.
With the win, the Hoyas improved to 3-0 overall and claimed the Lou Little Trophy, named after the College Football Hall of Fame Head Coach who coached at both schools, for the second-straight season.
McCollum helped Georgetown hang on for the win by averaging 41.1 yards on 14 punts and leveling the field position battle. He had a long punt of 53 yards and twice pinned Columbia inside its own 20-yard line, including placing the ball on the 15-yard line with just six seconds left as the Lions rushed all 11 while going for the block.
This is the first player of the week honor of McCollum’s career and the second of the season for the Hoyas. Senior defensive lineman Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) earned Special Teams Player of the Week on September 12 after blocking two field goals at Marist. McCollum was also named honorable mention on September 5 following the season opener against Davidson.
Akere tied for the team lead on Saturday with 11 tackles, including three solo tackles, while also adding a half tackle for loss of three yards. He intercepted a pass, his first of the season, and returned it 25 yards in the second quarter, helping the Hoyas hold the Lions scoreless in the first half. The junior captain also broke up two passes.
This is the first honorable mention selection of Akere’s career and the fifth of the season for the Hoyas.
Georgetown will head on the road for another matchup with an Ivy League opponent, playing at Harvard on Friday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. A live broadcast of the game will be available on ESPN3.