Jake Wieczorek
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Mark Seliger Photography
Jake Wieczorek

Football Announces Team Awards For 2016 Season

Holy Cross Athletics   02-11-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross football team has announced its team awards for the 2016 season. The awards were presented at the team's annual banquet, held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Hogan Campus Center.

Leading the award winners was senior wide receiver Jake Wieczorek, who was named the 2016 Crusader Most Valuable Player. Wieczorek caught 55 passes for 705 yards and five touchdowns this year, while leading the team in punt returns (13.7 yards/return), kickoff returns (22.1 yards/return) and all-purpose yards (1,820 yards). A complete list of award recipients follows:

WEEI Offensive Player of the Year:
Brendan Flaherty

WEEI Defensive Player of the Year:
Dewayne Cameron

WEEI Special Teams Player of the Year:
Jake Wieczorek

Davitt Awards
(Presented annually to the top back and lineman on both offense and defense. They were instituted by Jim Davitt (Class of 1913) of Holyoke, Mass., in memory of his brother, Rev. William Davitt Class of 1907), who played football and ran track while at Holy Cross, and was the last United States officer to lose his life in World War I.)
Offensive Back: Brendan Flaherty
Offensive Lineman: James Murray
Defensive Back: Nick McBeath
Defensive Lineman: Dewayne Cameron, Ryan Smith

The Coaches Award
(Presented annually to the player who has shown outstanding effort for the good of the team in weekly preparations throughout the season):
Tate Beachley, Dillon Hart

The Unsung Hero Award
(Presented annually to the player who has supported the squad spiritually, emotionally and physically for the good of the team.):
Martin Dorsey

The Connor Award
(Presented annually to the Holy Cross senior who, by a vote of the varsity squad, is named the person the players are most proud of as a teammate. It is given by the Holy Cross club of the Pioneer Valley.):
Jake Wieczorek

The Rick Carter Memorial Award
(Presented to the senior whose sportsmanship and dedication to the game of football represent the highest ideals of athletics and who, through uncommon leadership, has positively influenced his teammates and brought great credit to his family, his team and the college.):
Peter Pujals

2016 Crusader Most Valuable Player
(Presented to the person who his teammates feel was the most significant contributor to the team.):
Jake Wieczorek


The Crusaders will look to contend for the Patriot League championship in 2017 with the return of 12 starters. Holy Cross is set to play five games at Fitton Field this fall, beginning with the home opener against New Hampshire on Sept. 16. Other key home dates will come against Lafayette (Sept. 30), Monmouth (Oct. 7), Colgate (Oct. 21) and Georgetown (Oct. 28).

To make sure you are there for every minute of the action this fall, put down your 2017 season ticket deposit today! For details, visit GoHolyCross.com/tickets or call 1-844-GOCROSS.

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