Dec. 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - Senior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America team, when the AFCA announced its post-season honors on Tuesday afternoon. McCabe broke the Hoyas all-time tackles record this season and has posted the top two single-season totals in program history.
McCabe, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, shattered his own single-season tackles record, while leading Division I FCS with 159. McCabe also broke the program record with 407 career tackles, placing him fifth in Patriot League history.
McCabe led the Patriot League with 14.5 tackles for loss and was among the league leaders with 5.5 sacks, placing himself as a major candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the Top Defensive Player in the nation. The three-time PL Defensive Player of the Week helped lead a Hoyas defense that was second in the league in scoring defense (23.7 pts/gm), rushing defense (144.6 yds/gm), and passing defense (215.7) and third in total defense (360.4). He was one of two Patriot League student-athletes to earn All-America honors, joining Fordham's P/K Patrick Murray.
McCabe becomes 19th All-America selection in program history and the second Hoya defensive player in two seasons to earn AFCA All-America honors, following Andrew Schaetzke in 2011. Overall, three Hoyas have earned All-America honors since the program joined the Patriot League in 2001, with Michael Ononibaku, earning recognition in 2006.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best, the coaches themselves.