Nov. 22, 2011
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University football Head Coach Kevin Kelly was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, while the Blue & Gray had three players named to the Patriot League First Team and four players named to the second team, the most players GU has ever had named to the Patriot League post-season teams.
"The Coach of the Year I really see as a staff of the year," Kelly said. "We're very fortunate at Georgetown to have the great staff that we have. And for Andrew Schaetzke, I've said all along, he is the best defensive player in the league."
Kelly, who was named among the 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year, led the Hoyas to an 8-3 record, a four-game improvement from 2010. The Hoyas defense ranked among the nation's best in several categories, while the opportunistic offense was third in the country in red zone efficiency, helping Georgetown make it to the Patriot League Championship Game.
Schaetzke, previously named to the Buck Buchanan FCS Defensive Player of the Year watch list, was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and to the first team after leading the PL in tackles for loss (22.5) and sacks (13), finishing sixth and eighth in the nation in those categories, respectively. Schaetzke also moved to second in Georgetown history in career sacks (30.5) and third in Patriot League history during a dominant senior season. He also had 69 tackles, one interception, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and three fumbles forced during the season. Schaetzke was also named to the PL's first team last season.
Joining Schaetzke on the first team, is junior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) and junior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse). McCabe posted a historic year, breaking the program's single-season tackles record with 134. McCabe, who moved to inside linebacker also had four interceptions for 104 return yards and five pass breakups. He also had 3.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
Moore earned two spots on the first team at cornerback and as the return specialist. On defense, Moore was fifth on the team with 58 tackles, while making 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Moore's four interceptions was among the league leaders with four interceptions and was second in the league and in GU single-season history with 178 interception return yards. Moore was also a difference-maker in the return game, leading the league with a 29.2 yards per kick-off return, the best single-season average in Georgetown history. Moore made the league's second team last season.
"Rob McCabe had a huge breakout year and Jeremy Moore is one of the most dynamic defensive backs in the league, so those honors are well deserved," Kelly said.
The Hoyas had four players make the second team, as senior cornerback Jayah Kaisamba (L.D. Bell/Fort Worth, Texas), who had a strong season, leading the PL in fumble recoveries with three. Senior placekicker Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin), a three-time Special Teams Player of the Week led the league in points with 79 (31-34 PAT's, 16-22 FG's).
"I'm happy for Jayah," Kelly said. "He had a real solid senior year, he might not have had all the interceptions he had last year, but obviously the coaches and media realized he is an excellent defensive back. For Brett, I'm thrilled for him, he has been a pleasant surprise the last two years coming to football from the lacrosse."
On offense, sophomore running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) was among the league leaders with eight touchdowns earning a spot on the second team. Freshman offensive lineman Mike Roland (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) also earned a spot on the second team.
"Nick had a breakout year as a sophomore and we're looking forward to him in the future and Mike, as a freshman, that's just outstanding that he had that kind of year," Kelly said.