McCarney, McCabe capture top Patriot League honors

Colgate junior quarterback Gavin McCarney and Georgetown senior linebacker Robert McCabe were named the Patriot League offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively, on Tuesday.

McCarney, a Walter Payton Award finalist, has been one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the FCS this season. The junior has passed for 2,253 yards and 15 touchdowns, with 62 percent accuracy. He also has rushed for 1,309 yards and 22 touchdowns heading into Colgate's playoff game on Saturday.

McCabe, another contender for a national honor, the Buck Buchanan Award, leads the FCS in tackles with 159. He finished his season with 28 more tackles than any other player, with 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He finished his career as Georgetown's career leader in tackles with 407.

Both players were All-Patriot first-team selections.

Other Patriot honors went to Colgate's Dick Biddle for coach of the year, and Lafayette wide receiver/return specialist Jamel Smith, who became the school's second straight player to earn the league's rookie of the year honor. Biddle is also a Eddie Robinson Award candidate, which honors the FCS' coach of the year.

Colgate senior Chris Looney was selected as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Lehigh and Fordham led the way on the All-Patriot team, each receiving 11 spots. Fordham's Patrick Murray earned first-team honors as a place-kicker and punter.

All-Patriot League First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)


QB - Gavin McCarney, Colgate

RB - Carlton Koonce, Fordham

RB - Jordan McCord, Colgate

FB/HB - Travis Friend, Bucknell

FB/HB - Ed Pavalko, Colgate

WR - Mark Ross, Lafayette

WR - Ryan Spadola, Lehigh

WR - Brian Wetzel, Fordham

TE - Dan Light, Fordham

OL - Craig Capodiferro, Colgate

OL - Brian Crockett, Colgate

OL - Lloyd Morrison, Fordham

OL - Ryan Risch, Colgate

OL - Mike Vuono, Lehigh

PK - Patrick Murray, Fordham

RS - Kalif Raymond, Holy Cross


DL - Tom Bianchi, Lehigh

DL - Sajjad Changani, Lehigh

DL - Rick Lyster, Lafayette

DL - Samuel Oyekoya, Bucknell

LB - Billy Boyko, Lehigh

LB - Michael Martin, Fordham

LB - Robert McCabe, Georgetown

LB - Dustin Wharton, Georgetown

DB - Gabe Johnson, Lehigh

DB - Jeremy Moore, Georgetown

DB - Billy O'Brien, Lehigh

DB - Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell

P - Patrick Murray, Fordham