Nov. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - Six members of the Georgetown University football team earned All-Patriot League honors when the league announced its major award-winners on Tuesday morning. Senior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) earned All-Patriot League recognition for the third time and his second first-team nod, while senior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep), the league's Defensive Player of the Year, earned his second consecutive first-team honor. Junior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) earned a spot on the second-team for the second consecutive season.
Junior linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) was also named to the Patriot League First-Team defense after turning in his second consecutive 100-tackle season. Junior offensive lineman James Spaly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer ) and sophomore wide receiver Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) earned their first all-league distinction, each being named to the second-team offense.
"For each of these young men the honor is well deserved," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "Our coaching staff and their teammates all take pride in how these young men performed this season and it's nice to see that other coaches and the media are recognizing our impact players here at Georgetown."
McCabe, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, led the league and the nation with 159 tackles, 28 more than anyone else in Division I FCS. His 159 total tackles broke his own Georgetown single-season record previously set in 2011 (134) and his 407 career tackles broke the Hoyas career record. McCabe is also a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award for the nation's Top Defensive Player.
Moore, a two-time PL Defensive Player of the Week, earned his third All-Patriot League honor and second consecutive spot on the first-team. The preseason All-America selection was a consistent big play threat for the Hoyas, finishing second in the league with five interceptions, led the league in fumbles recovered with four and was third in fumbles forced with two. Moore scored three defensive touchdowns, including interception returns of 80 and 41 yards, while breaking the Georgetown and Patriot League career records for interception return yards with 318.
Wharton finished third in the league with 104 tackles, the second consecutive season he has totaled over 100 tackles. He also finished with 9.5 tackles for loss, the sixth most in the league, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Campanella earned his second consecutive second-team nod, finishing seventh in the league with 501 yards and 4.6 yards per carry. Campanella set a new single-season high with nine touchdowns, including seven rushing and two receiving touchdowns to finish in the league's top 10 in scoring for the second consecutive season.
Macari, already one of the nation's top punt returners, established himself as one of the league's top receiving threats to earn his first All-Patriot League honor. The second-team selection was sixth in the league with 50 receptions for 668 yards with a long of 62 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns and had a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown during a breakout sophomore season. Macari was also among the nation's punt return leaders, averaging 11.5 yards per return.
Spaly, a two-year starter, also earned his first All-Patriot League selection after starting all 11 games at left tackle on the Hoyas offensive line. Spaly helped GU to the league's third best rushing offense, averaging 146.1 yards per game despite significant injuries to skill position players on the offensive side.
The Hoyas six selections to the All-Patriot League team is the second most in team history, behind only the seven selections in 2011. First-Team All-Patriot League
QB Gavin McCarney, Colgate
RB Jordan McCord, Colgate; Carlton Koonce, Fordham
FB/HB Travis Friend, Bucknell; Ed Pavalko, Colgate
WR Mark Ross, Lafayette; Ryan Spadola, Lehigh; Brian Wetzel, Fordham
TE Dan Light, Fordham
OL Craig Capodiferro, Colgate; Brian Crockett, Colgate; Ryan Risch, Colgate; Lloyd Morrison, Fordham; Mike Vuono, Lehigh
PK Patrick Murray, Fordham
RS Kalif Raymond, Holy Cross
DL Tom Bianchi, Lehigh; Sajjad Chagani, Lehigh; Rick Lyster, Lafayette; Samuel Oyekoya, Bucknell
LB Billy Boyko, Lehigh; Robert McCabe, Georgetown; Dustin Wharton, Georgetown; Michael Martin, Fordham
DB Jeremy Moore, Georgetown; Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell; Billy O'Brien, Lehigh; Gabe Johnson, Lehigh
P Patrick Murray, Fordham
Second-Team All-Patriot League
QB Mike Colvin, Lehigh
RB Nick Campanella, Georgetown; Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette
WR Chris Looney, Colgate; Kevin Macari, Georgetown; Gerald Mistretta, Holy Cross
TE Alex Schneider, Holy Cross
OL Luke Chiarolanzio, Lafayette; Ned Daryoush, Lehigh; James Spaly, Georgetown; Sean Whited, Holy Cross; Chris Watkins, Fordham
PK John Macomber, Holy Cross
RS Brian Wetzel, Fordham
DL Sean Sellers, Bucknell; Tracey Smith, Bucknell; Gary Acquah, Holy Cross; Nick Womack, Fordham
LB Evan Byers, Bucknell; Beau Traber, Bucknell; Patrick Friel, Colgate; Sam Loughery, Lehigh; Nigel Muhammad, Lehigh
DB Kyni Scott, Lafayette; Darius Safford, Lafayette; Jared Roberts, Lafayette; Tom Mannix, Holy Cross; Ian Williams, Fordham
P John Macomber, Holy Cross