Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Football Season Over, but Accolades Keep Pouring In

While Lehigh fans are (understandably) still a bit disappointed that the season is over, the winter just got a little warmer realizing that the Associated Press and Sports Network released their all-American teams this week, and four different Mountain Hawks were honored.

To go along with the all-Patriot League team that was released at the end of the regular season and the AFCA All-America team, it's worth going over the many Lehigh plaudits for the 2011 season.

The winner of the biggest national award, the Walter Payton award, is still not determined, and senior QB Chris Lum is one of three finalists for FCS' equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.  As a result, the Sports Network this year has made their first team and second team quarterback awards contingent on the voting for the award.  That means the Lake Orion, MI native will be no worst than second team all-American on their list.

Lum has already won the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Year award, as well as first-team all-Patriot League on offense as well.

Rather than list the entire contents of every All-American team, I'm simply list the individual Lehigh players with the entire list of accolades won by each player, followed by other notable Patriot League players and coaches.

It's worth noting, though, that the three selections on the FCS AP All-America teammark the most on the AP team for Lehigh since 1984, when Wes Walton, Rennie Benn and Dave Whitehead were recognized.

Head coach Andy Coen
* Finalist for the Sports Network's Eddie Robinson Award for FCS Coach of the Year

Senior WR Jake Drwal
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense

Senior DE Ben Flizack
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Senior LB Mike Groome
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Senior DE Andrew Knapp
* 2nd Team Patriot League Defense

Senior OL Jim Liebler
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense
* 3rd team Sports Network All-American Offense

Senior QB Chris Lum
* Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense
* 1st Team College Sports Madness Offense
* 2nd Team AP FCS All-American Offense
* 1st Team or 2nd team Sports Network All-American Offense
* Walter Payton Award Finalist

Senior OL Troy McKenna 
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense
* 1st Team College Sports Madness Offense
* 3rd Team AP FCS All-American Offense

Senior LB Tanner Rivas
* Academic All-Patriot League Team

Senior OL Keith Schauder
* 2nd Team Patriot League Offense

Senior TE Mark Wickware
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense

Junior CB Bryan Andrews
* 2nd Team Patriot League Defense

Junior RB Zach Barket
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense
* Academic All-Patriot League Team

Junior NG Sajjad Chagani
* 2nd Team Patriot League Defense

Junior TE Jamel Haggins
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense


Junior FS Billy O'Brien
* 2nd Team Patriot League Defense

Junior WR Ryan Spadola
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense
* AFCA All-American
* 1st Team College Sports Madness Offense
* 1st Team AP FCS All-American Offense
* 1st Team Sports Network All-American Offense
* Academic All-Patriot League Team

Junior OL Mike Vuono
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense

Other Patriot League Notables:


Head coach Kevin Kelly (Georgetown)
* Patriot League Coach of the Year

Head coach Tom Gilmore (Holy Cross)
* Finalist for Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year

Senior OL Scott Biel (Lafayette)
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense

Senior LB Leroy Butler (Lafayette)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Senior DT Robert De La Rosa (Bucknell)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Senior LB Chris DiMassa (Colgate)
* 2nd Team Patriot League Defense

Senior DE Josh Eden (Bucknell)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Senior DB Brandon Ellis (Lafayette)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense
* Academic All-Patriot League Team

Senior DB Chandler Fenner (Holy Cross)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Senior P Patrick Murray (Fordham)
* 3rd Team AP FCS All-American Defense

Senior CB Bryce Robertson (Bucknell)
* 1st team Patriot League Defense
* 2nd Team AP FCS All-American Defense
* 2nd Team College Sports Madness Defense
* Academic All-Patriot League Team

Senior DE Andrew Schaetzke (Georgetown)
* Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
* AFCA All-American
* 1st team Patriot League Defense
* 2nd Team AP FCS All-American Defense
* 2nd Team College Sports Madness Defense

Junior LB Robert McCabe (Georgetown)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense
* 3rd Team College Sports Madness Defense

Junior CB Jeremy Moore (Georgetown)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Junior RB Tyler Smith (Bucknell)
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense

Junior P Ethan Swerdlow (Lafayette)
* 1st Team Patriot League Defense

Freshman RB/RS Ross Scheuerman (Lafayette)
* Patriot League Rookie of the Year
* 1st Team Patriot League Offense

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