Skip to main content

My Preseason All-Patriot League Team

Yes, Virginia, Patriot League football is just around the corner. Not only that, Patriot League Media Day is three weeks away -- where we'll learn about the preseason poll, the preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, and more.

Through the long summer, we learn about organizations like The Sports Network, Phil Steele's 2009 College Preview and others announcing their national preseason all-American teams. Some FCS conferences (like the Colonial Athletic Association, or CAA) do individual preseason honorees, too, for just their league.

But what about the Patriot League? The league itself does not release a preseason all-Patriot League team during Media day, so today I decided: why not stir up the pot a little bit and announce my own preseason all-Patriot League team?

Unsurprisingly, leading my list as offensive Preseason Player of the Year would have to be 5th year Holy Cross senior QB Dominic Randolph, who either holds (821 completions, 83 passing touchdowns) or is on the brink of breaking (140 yards away from the passing yardage mark, 80 yards away from the total yardage mark) all the major league passing records this year. The prolific Crusader should rightfully get NFL looks this year as he rewrites the Patriot League record books. Randolph has already been mentioned in Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview and The Sports Network as preseason all-American, as well as an all-American honorable mention from Consensus Draft Services.

My defensive Preseason Player of the year has to be Lehigh senior LB Matt Cohen. This isn't simply a "homer pick" either: last year Cohen led the league in sacks (6 1/2) and tackles for loss (17) while nabbing 3 interceptions and recovering 1 fumble (which he returned for a touchdown against Bucknell last year). Cohen was a first-team All-American honoree with Phil Steele's and, like Randolph, got an honorable mention from Consensus Draft Services as well.

My complete Patriot League list follows below. The breakdown is very even between six out of the seven teams of the league - which shows exactly how even most of the teams are going to be going into the 2009 season.

First Team Offense
QB Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, Sr.
RB Nate Eachus, Colgate, So.
RB Xavier Martin, Fordham, Jr.
AB Josh Lee, Bucknell, Sr.
WR Shaun Pasternak, Bucknell, Jr.
WR Pat Simonds, Colgate, Sr.
TE Stephen Skelton, Fordham, Jr.
OL Ryan Hart-Predmore, Lafayette, Sr.
OL Aaron Jones, Holy Cross, Sr.
OL Zach Posey, Colgate, Sr.
OL Chris Poole, Holy Cross, Sr.
OL William Rackley, Lehigh, Jr.
RS A.J. Kizekai, Bucknell, Sr.
PK Davis Rodruiguez, Lafayette, Jr.

First Team Defense
DL B.J. Benning, Lehigh, Sr.
DL Robert De La Rosa, Bucknell, So.
DL Austin Douglas, Colgate, Sr.
DL Andrew Poulson, Lafayette, Sr.
LB Matt Cohen, Lehigh, Sr.
LB James Crockett, Fordham, Sr.
LB Mark Leggerio, Lafayette, Sr.
LB Marcus Rodriguez, Holy Cross, Sr.
DB Kevin Colbert, Fordham, Sr.
DB Jarard Cribbs, Lehigh, Jr.
DB Carlos Lowe, Lafayette, Sr.
DB Michael Wright, Holy Cross, Sr.
P Casey Dobyns, Georgetown, Jr.

[EDIT: Due to 'popular demand' (i.e. a kind note from Lehigh superfan Rich H.), I'm adding a second team to the preseason all-Patriot League team.]

Second Team Offense
QB John Skelton, Fordham, Sr.
RB Tyrell Coon, Lafayette, Sr.
AB Philip Oladeji, Georgetown, Jr.
WR Bill Edger, Holy Cross, Sr.
WR Freddie Santana, Holy Cross, Jr.
TE Adrien Schriefer, Colgate, Sr.
OL Nick MacLeod, Bucknell, Jr.
OL Rob Petrosino, Holy Cross, Sr.
OL James Phelan, Bucknell, Sr.
OL Robby Reis, Fordham, Sr.
OL Chris Smith, Holy Cross, Sr.
RS John Kennedy, Lehigh, Jr.
PK Jose-Pablo Buerba, Georgetown, Jr.

Second Team Defense
DL Alex Carson, Holy Cross, Sr.
DL Ian Dell, Lafayette, Sr.
DL Chudi Obinawu, Georgetown, Sr.
DL Carlton Walker, Colgate, Sr.
LB Greg Hadley, Colgate, Sr.
LB Nicholas Magiera, Fordham, Jr.
LB Nick Parrish, Georgetown, Jr.
LB Al Pierce, Lehigh, Sr.
DB Anthony DiMichele, Holy Cross, Jr.
DB Travis Mack, Georgetown, Jr.
DB Wayne Moten, Colgate, Sr.
DB Ahkiel White, Bucknell, Jr.
P Tom Kondash, Lafayette, Jr.

Comments

ngineer said…
Can't disagree much. With the way Clark finished in the second half last year, he could be #2 behind Randolph. Eachus #1 may be generous. Kid certainly has the potential, but I find it hard to believe he's the best in the league at this point. Of course, I don't have time to do all the homework necessary to compare. I think a healthy Walker edges out Eachus, based on his freshman year, but until the fur actually flies one can't assume that either.
Anonymous said…
Hi,

My friend and I run the sports blog The Free Sports Chronicle at http://thefreesportschronicle.blogspot.com please check it out and let us know if you like it.

Thanks!

Popular posts from this blog

Friday Water Cooler: Emma Watson, And Harvard Football

(Photo courtesy switched.com) I'm sure this won't be appreciated by the latest famous freshman to attend an Ivy League school. No, no, I'm not talking about Brooke Shields, I'm talking about Emma Watson, the actress who is best known for her turn as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. We always knew there was something, well, different about kids who went to Harvard - a bit of an upturned nose, perhaps, annoying arrogance, or maybe even some Brahmin-ness while we're at it. Turns out, though, that some students were up to something more sinister: stalking Ms. Brown University at the Harvard/Brown game last weekend, as reported by the New York Post : Page Six reported on Tuesday that the "Harry Potter" starlet and Brown University freshman looked "quite shaken" on Saturday as Harvard beat Brown 24-21 in Cambridge. Watson was reportedly flanked by security guards to protect her from gawkers. But her discomfort was actually the result

Assuming the Ivy Is Cancelling Out Of Conference Games, Here's How Patriot League Can Have 9 Game Season

The Patriot League could very well be in a huge bind assuming the Ivy League goes forward with their college football restart plans. According to Mark Blaudschun of TMG Sports, the Ivy League is considering two plans for their 2020 college football season - neither of which allow for any out of conference games. 13 out-of-conference games involving Patriot League teams would be on the chopping block, and when you add to it the Patriot League presidents' guidance to not fly to games , every single member of the Patriot League is affected.  If you add to that the fact that the opening of the college football season is going to at best start in late September (yes, you read that correctly), the Patriot League would count as one of the most deeply affected by Covid-19-influenced delays and decisions in the entire college football landscape. It is a bind to be sure - but not one that should see the Patriot League cancel the 2020 football season. If we start with the assumption that t

How The Ivy League Is Able To Break the NCAA's Scholarship Limits and Still Consider Themselves FCS

By now you've seen the results.  In 2018, the Ivy League has taken the FCS by storm. Perhaps it was Penn's 30-10 defeat of Lehigh a couple of weeks ago .  Or maybe it was Princeton's 50-9 drubbing of another team that made the FCS Playoffs last year, Monmouth.  Or maybe it was Yale's shockingly dominant 35-14 win over nationally-ranked Maine last weekend. The Ivy League has gone an astounding 12-4 so far in out-of-conference play, many of those wins coming against the Patriot League. But it's not just against the Patriot League where the Ivy League has excelled.  Every Ivy League school has at least one out-of-conference victory, which is remarkable since it is only three games into their football season.  The four losses - Rhode Island over Harvard, Holy Cross over Yale, Delaware over Cornell, and Cal Poly over Brown - were either close losses that could have gone either way or expected blowouts of teams picked to be at the bottom of the Ivy League. W