Holy Cross Places Seven On All-Patriot League Football Teams
WORCESTER, Mass. – Seven members of the Holy Cross football team have earned 2017 All-Patriot League honors, as announced by the conference office. Senior linebacker Nick McBeath was named to the first team, while senior wide receiver Blaise Bell, junior defensive lineman Teddy Capsis, senior defensive lineman Jack Kutschke, junior special teams player Jack McCabe, senior offensive lineman James Murray and senior quarterback Peter Pujals received second team honors.
McBeath earns All-Patriot League honors for the second time in his career, after previously being a first team selection in 2016. He started all 11 games for the Crusaders at inside linebacker this season, totaling a team-best 114 tackles, five sacks and 13 tackles for loss. McBeath also recorded two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and four pass breakups on the year. He finished the season ranked second in the Patriot League in total tackles, fourth in tackles for loss, seventh in sacks, seventh in fumble recoveries and 15th in passes defended. During his Holy Cross career, McBeath totaled 322 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, eight quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles, three interception and eight pass breakups.
Bell played in all 11 of the Crusaders’ games this season, starting every time at wide receiver. He led the squad with 46 receptions for 601 yards and eight touchdowns, while his 48 total points scored were also the most on the team. Bell finished the year ranked fifth in the Patriot League in receiving yards, seventh in receptions and seventh in scoring. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has caught 63 passes for 788 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Capsis saw action in all 11 of Holy Cross’ games this year, starting every time at defensive end. He totaled six quarterback sacks for 41 yards and nine tackles for loss for 63 yards. Capsis also finished the season with 33 total tackles, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He ranked fourth in the Patriot League in sacks, sixth in forced fumbles and ninth in tackles for loss. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Capsis has totaled 76 tackles, 10 quarterback sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Kutschke played in all 11 of the Crusaders’ games this season, starting every time at defensive tackle. He ranked third on the team with 42 total tackles, including five sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Kutschke also recorded two pass breakups and a forced fumble on the year. He ranked fifth in the Patriot League in tackles for loss, seventh in sacks and 43rd in total tackles. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Kutschke totaled 101 tackles, 10 quarterback sacks and 22 tackles for loss.
McCabe played in eight games for Holy Cross this year, as the leader of most of the special teams units. He recorded six tackles on punt and kickoff coverage, in addition to forcing a fumble on a kickoff return. McCabe was a key reason why the Crusaders led the Patriot League in kickoff coverage this season, allowing just 17.6 yards per kickoff return with a net average of 40.9 yards per kickoff. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has totaled nine tackles in 18 games played.
Murray earns All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season, after previously being a second team selection in 2016. He played in all 11 of Holy Cross’ games this year, starting every time at left tackle. Murray was the leader of an offensive line which paved the way for the Crusaders to average 397.5 total yards, 143.4 rushing yards and 23.1 point per game on the season. Over the course of his collegiate career, he played in 44 career games with 40 starts.
Pujals makes his third appearance on the All-Patriot League teams, after being selected to the first team in 2015 and the second team in 2014. He started all 11 games at quarterback in 2017, connecting on 238 of 430 passes for 2,776 yards and 17 touchdowns. Pujals also rushed the ball 82 times for 151 yards and three scores, while finishing the year with 2,927 yards of total offense. He ranked second in the Patriot League in both passing yards and yards of total offense, while standing third in pass efficiency (119.4 rating). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Pujals hit on 1,071 of 1,796 attempts for 11,695 yards and 84 touchdowns, while rushing 511 times for 1,756 yards and 19 scores. He ranks first all-time at Holy Cross in career games played (48), career games started (46) and career pass attempts, while standing second in career passing yards, career completions, career yards of total offense (13,451) and career touchdown passes.
Holy Cross concluded the 2017 season with an overall record of 4-7, and tied for third in the Patriot League with a 3-3 mark in conference games.
A complete list of the 2017 All-Patriot League football teams follows.
2017 All-Patriot League Football Teams
First Team Offense
QB: Brad Mayes, Lehigh, Jr.,
RB: Dom Bragalone, Lehigh, Jr.
RB: James Holland Jr., Colgate, Sr.
FB/HB: Will Eisler, Lafayette, Jr.
WR: Gatlin Casey, Lehigh, Sr.
WR: Austin Longi, Fordham, Jr.
WR: Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, Sr.
TE: Dylan Wadsworth, Lafayette, Sr.
OL: Anthony Coyle, Fordham, Sr.
OL: Zach Duffy, Lehigh, Sr.
OL: Tim O’Hara, Lehigh, Sr.
OL: Ryan Paulish, Colgate, Sr.
OL: Brandon Short, Lehigh, Sr.
OL: Jovaun Woolford, Colgate, Jr.
PK: Chris Puzzi, Colgate, So.
RS: C.J. Amill, Lafayette, Jr
First Team Defense
DL: Pat Afriyie, Colgate, Sr.
DL: Abdullah Anderson, Bucknell, Sr.
DL: Khristian Tate, Georgetown, So.
DL: Nick Wheeler, Colgate, So.
LB: Brandon Bryant, Lafayette, Sr.
LB: Nick McBeath, Holy Cross, Sr.
LB: Mark Pyles, Bucknell, Sr.
LB: Ben Richard, Bucknell, Sr.
DB: Tyler Castillo, Colgate, Sr.
DB: Abu Daramy-Swaray, Colgate, So.
DB: Dylan Mabin, Fordham, Jr.
DB: Phillip Parham, Lafayette, Sr.
DB: Alec Wisniewski, Colgate, Sr.
P: Alex Pechin, Bucknell, Jr.
ST: Ahmad Wilson, Georgetown, Fr.
Second Team Offense
QB: Peter Pujals, Holy Cross, Sr.
RB: Chase Edmonds, Fordham, Sr.
RB: Alex Mathews, Colgate, So.
WR: Blaise Bell, Holy Cross, Sr.
WR: Michael Dereus, Georgetown, So.
WR: Thomas Ives, Colgate, Jr.
TE: Isaiah Searight, Fordham, Jr.
OL: Ben Hartman, Fordham, Sr.
OL: Scott Hirshman, Colgate, Sr.
OL: James Murray, Holy Cross, Sr.
OL: Chase Watkins, Bucknell, Sr.
PK: John Burdick, Bucknell, Sr.
PK: Ed Mish, Lehigh, Jr.
RS: Isaac Ellsworth, Georgetown, Sr.
Second Team Defense
DL: Teddy Capsis, Holy Cross, Jr.
DL: Tyler Cavenas, Lehigh, Sr.
DL: Jack Kutschke, Holy Cross, Sr.
DL: Matt Rothrock, Lafayette, Sr.
LB: Glenn Cunningham, Fordham, Fr.
LB: Simeon Page, Bucknell, Fr.
LB: Jerry Powe, Lafayette, Jr.
LB: Trent Williams, Colgate, Sr.
DB: David Akere, Georgetown, Sr.
DB: Antonio Jackson, Fordham, Jr.
DB: Colin Jonov, Bucknell, Sr.
DB: Eric Mitchell, Lafayette, So.
P: Michael Turk, Lafayette, Fr.
ST: Jack McCabe, Holy Cross, Jr.
Offensive Player of the Year: Dom Bragalone, Lehigh, Jr., RB
Defensive Player of the Year: Abdullah Anderson, Bucknell, Sr., DL
Rookie of the Year: Grant Breneman, Colgate, Fr., QB
Coach of the Year: Dan Hunt, Colgate