It seems hard to fathom now, with the Sports Network issuing a flurry of different columns on everything from the top FCS players at all positions (of which senior OL Will Rackley is listed) to a piece on the best matchups during the 2010 season (in which "The Rivalry" features, and a reminder that Lehigh won last year 27-21 in overtime). Add to that Phil Steele's 2010 All-Patriot League team, and you have plenty to chew on before the start of the football season.
Last year, I published my own All-Patriot League team for the first time - as I saw that the Patriot League themselves did not issue one. I decided to make it a yearly thing - so, below the flip, please enjoy my picks for the preseason all-Patriot League team, first and second team. (more)
First Team Offense
QB Greg Sullivan, Colgate, Sr.
RB Nate Eachus, Colgate, Jr.
RB Xavier Martin, Fordham, Sr.
WR Mark Layton, Lafayette, Sr.
WR Bill Edger, Holy Cross, Sr.
WR Luke Chmielenski, Holy Cross, Sr.
TE Stephen Skelton, Fordham, Sr.
OL William Rackley, Lehigh, Sr.
OL Robert Kubacki, Fordham, Jr.
OL Anthony Carter, Bucknell, Sr.
OL Ricky Clerge, Lehigh, Sr.
OL Mike McCabe, Holy Cross, Sr.
First Team Defense
DL Mude Ohimor, Holy Cross, Sr.
DL Jordan Bledsoe, Fordham, Sr.
DL Robert De La Rosa, Bucknell, Jr.
DL Andrew Schaetzke, Georgetown, Jr.
LB Michael Schmidlein, Lafayette, Sr
LB Nick Mageria, Fordham, Sr.
LB Troy Taylor, Lehigh, Sr.
LB Jimmy Thomas, Holy Cross, Jr.
DB Jarard Cribbs, Lehigh, Sr.
DB Brandon Ellis, Lafayette, Jr.
DB Akhiel White, Bucknell, Sr.
DB Anthony DiMichele, Holy Cross, Sr.
First Team Special Teams
PK Rob Dornfried, Holy Cross, Sr.
P Patrick Murray, Fordham, So.
RS John Kennedy, Lehigh, Sr.
Second Team Offense
QB J.B. Clark, Lehigh, Sr.
RB Jay Campbell, Lehigh, Sr.
RB Darryl Whiting, Fordham, Jr.
WR Jason Caldwell, Fordham, Sr.
WR Freddie Santana, Holy Cross, Sr.
WR Mitch Bennett, Lafayette, Jr.
TE Alex Schneider, Holy Cross, Jr.
OL Vittorio Ottanelli, Colgate, Jr.
OL Keith Schauder, Lehigh, Sr.
OL Anthony Buffolino, Lafayette, Jr.
OL Lloyd Morrison, Fordham, Sr.
OL Brian Merrifield, Colgate, Jr.
Second Team Defense
DL Andrew Knapp, Lehigh, Jr.
DL Cody Connare, Lehigh, Jr.
DL John von Paris, Bucknell, Sr.
DL Doug Gerowski, Lafayette, Sr.
LB Nick Parrish, Georgetown, Sr.
LB Al Pierce, Lehigh, Sr.
LB Travis Nissley, Bucknell, Sr.
LB Sean Lamkin, Holy Cross, Sr.
DB Demitri Diamond, Colgate, So.
DB Isa Abdul El-Quddus, Fordham, Sr.
DB John Venerio, Lehigh, Sr.
DB Coree Moses, Colgate, Sr.
Second Team Special Teams
PK Davis Rodrigues, Lafayette, Sr.
P Tom Kondash, Lafayette, Sr.
RS Jarard Cribbs, Lehigh, Sr.