Nov. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly is among the 20 finalists for the 25th Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the national coach of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision. Kelly, in his sixth season on the Hilltop, led the team to an 8-3 record, the team's best finish since 1999.
Kelly has led the rebuilding of the Georgetown football program, which played for the Patriot League Championship against Lehigh on November 12, for the first time in program history. After an 0-11 season in 2009, the Hoyas improved to 4-7 in 2010, before a strong 2011 that saw them win five consecutive games and winning against Patriot League rivals Lafayette, Colgate, Holy Cross and Fordham.
The Hoyas success was centered around a stingy defense that finished 15th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 19.18 points per game and a run defense that allowed 98.64 yards per game led by senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke and Patriot League leading tackler Robert McCabe. GU excelled in the taking the ball away from opponents, finishing sixth in Division I FCS with a 1.36 turnover margin per game, causing 33 turnovers, while just giving away 18. Georgetown featured an opportunistic offense that converted on 36 of its 39 trips inside the opponent's 20 yard line, the third best red zone efficiency in the nation.
The winner of the Robinson Award, presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com, will be announced at the national awards banquet on Friday, January 6 in Frisco, Texas - the night before the national championship game.