Nov. 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - Six members of the Georgetown University football team were named to the 2014 All-Patriot League Team, highlighted by First Team selections senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) and senior defensive end Alec May (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip). The all-league team and major award winners were announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Four Hoyas, Alfieri, May, senior defensive tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) and senior offensive lineman Mike Roland (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) earn all-league honors for the second time. Junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) and junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) make their first All-Patriot League appearances, joining Richardson and Roland on the second team.
May, a Buck Buchanan Award finalist, leads the Patriot League and FCS in sacks (1.5/game), while tying for sixth in the FCS and leading the PL with 20.5 tackles for loss. His 142 tackles for loss yards lead the nation. May also leads all FCS defensive linemen with 89 tackles. His 16.5 sacks broke Georgetown's single-season record, previously held by Janne Kouri (16 in 1996) and was just 1.5 shy of the Patriot League record of 18. May was a five-time PL weekly honorable mention and a 2013 All-Patriot League Second Team selection.
"Alec May is the most relentless player I have ever coached," Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said. "He plays at 100 miles an hour whether it is practice or a game. His being named to the First Team All-Patriot League is a great honor, in addition to being named to the Buck Buchanan Watch List and leading the nation in sacks. He impacted every game we played this season."
Alfieri finished second in the Patriot League with 106 tackles and became just the third player in GU program history to eclipse the 300 tackle barrier, finishing with 322 career tackles. The 2014 No. 35 Joe Eacobacci Memorial Jersey recipient was a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, with 5.0 tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble. Alfieri was a 2013 All-Patriot League Second Team selection.
"Nick Alfieri was our quarterback on the defensive side of the ball this season," Sgarlata said. "He made all of the checks and made sure we were in the right calls. It is an honor to have our No. 35 Joe Eacobacci Award winner named to the first team. Nick had been an impact player from the day he stepped on campus."
Richardson, a four-year starter at defensive tackle, finished with 52 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries while allowing the GU linebackers to roam free, during his senior campaign. Richardson finished with 26.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks and proved to be a driving force during a four-year stretch that saw the Hoyas' defense post career and single-season record-shattering performances. Richardson makes the second team for the second consecutive-season.
"Over the past four years our most important defensive player has been Jordan Richardson," Sgarlata said. "Former All-Patriot League performers, Rob McCabe, Dustin Wharton and Nick Alfieri have all benefited from the presence of Jordan on our defensive line. Jordan was an anchor for our defense and did many things which impact the outcome of games, but do not show up in the stat sheet."
Roland, a four-year starter on the offensive line, played both left tackle and left guard during his final season. A senior captain, Roland's experience and leadership helped ease two freshmen into starting roles along the GU offensive line. Roland and the GU offensive line helped the offense average 4.5 yards per rush and 4.8 yards per play in its six league games. Mike Roland was an All-Patriot League Second Team selection in 2011.
"Mike Roland has been a mainstay on the line for all four years," Sgarlata said. "He was a versatile offensive lineman who played both guard and tackle for us over his career. Mike was the driving force behind our run game this season. One of our four captains, Mike was a great leader on and off of the field."
Kimpela finished fourth in the Patriot League with 838 rushing yards. His 5.3 yards per rush was tied for the second best mark in the PL. Kimpela rushed for over 100 yards in four games, including the Hoyas season-ending win over Holy Cross. He was a two-time PL weekly honorable mention.
"Jo'el Kimpela had a breakout season for us this year," Sgarlata said. "For the first time in his career he was healthy for the entire season and it showed. He is a punishing running back who is hard to tackle. Jo'el has a tremendous work ethic and we are glad he is returning for us next season."
Scott led the Patriot League and finished seventh in the FCS with 16 passes defended. He was tied for the PL lead and finished 28th in the nation in interceptions with four, helping the Hoyas to a Patriot League-leading plus-nine turnover margin.
"Ettian Scott is a terrific athlete who had a great season for us this year," Sgarlata said. "He is a very fluid athlete who is a student of the game. Ettian improved as the season progressed and has developed into one of the best corners in the conference."
The Hoyas six All-Patriot League selection is tied with 2012 for the second highest total in program history. GU had seven all-league selections in 2011.