Brady & Simsheuser Earn Academic All-Patriot League Honors

Holy Cross Athletics   11-22-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior linebacker Ryan Brady and senior tight end Jayke Simsheuser have been selected to the 2017 Academic All-Patriot League football team, as announced by the conference office. The Crusaders’ two selections tied for the second most in the league. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, and be a starter or key reserve.

Brady played in all 11 of Holy Cross’ games at linebacker this season, starting every time. He ranked second on the team with 110 total tackles, including 86 solo stops. Brady also recorded four quarterback sacks, 10 tackles for loss and two pass breakups. He finished the season ranked third in the Patriot League in tackles, sixth in tackles for loss and ninth in sacks. Over the course of his collegiate career, Brady has now totaled 137 tackles, six sacks and 14 tackles for loss. In the classroom, he carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.41 with a major in political science.

Simsheuser played in all 11 of the Crusaders’ games at tight end, earning nine starts. He led all Holy Cross tight ends and ranked sixth on the team overall with 14 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Simsheuser was also a key blocker who helped the Holy Cross offense average 23.1 points and 397.5 yards per game. He finished the season ranked fifth among Patriot League tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards. In the classroom, Simsheuser owns a cumulative grade point average of 3.56 with a major in political science.

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 Academic All-Patriot League football team follows.

2017 Academic All-Patriot League Football Team
Ryan Brady, Holy Cross, Jr., LB

Josh Cerra, Colgate, Jr., P
Andrew Chuma, Lafayette, Jr., DL
Trent Cross, Lafayette, Jr., LB
Jonathan Dimon, Fordham, Sr., DL
Jack Horan, Bucknell, Sr., WR
Harrison Kauffman, Lehigh, Fr., DL
Jim McLaughlin, Georgetown, Sr. WR
Jimmy Mitchell, Lehigh, Jr., DL
Alex Pechin, Bucknell, Jr., P
Andrew Podbielski, Bucknell, Sr., TE
Mark Pyles, Bucknell, Sr., LB
Jayke Simsheuser, Holy Cross, Sr., TE
Jelani Williamson, Georgetown, Sr. CB

Corvias Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Alex Pechin, Bucknell, Jr., P


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