Holy Cross Football Names 2017 Team Captains
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior linebacker Nick McBeath, senior offensive lineman James Murray and senior quarterback Peter Pujals will serve as the captains of the 2017 Holy Cross football team, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. Pujals, who was previously a captain during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 campaigns, becomes the first player in school history to serve as a team captain for four seasons. The only other three-time team captain was Dominic Randolph in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
McBeath started all 11 games for the Crusaders at inside linebacker last season, and was named first team All-Patriot League. He led the team with 106 total tackles, including 91 solo stops, one quarterback sack and eight tackles for loss. McBeath also recorded one forced fumble, one pass breakup and four quarterback hurries. He finished the season ranked first in the Patriot League and 21st in the nation in total tackles. During his Holy Cross career, McBeath has now totaled 208 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and four pass breakups.
Murray started all 11 of Holy Cross’ games at center last season, earning second team All-Patriot League honors. He was the leader of an offensive line which paved the way for the Crusaders to average 356.0 total yards, 103.8 rushing yards and 23.5 points per game on the year, even with the team using three different starting quarterbacks and three different starting tailbacks due to injuries. Over the course of his collegiate career, Murray has played in 33 career games with 29 starts.
Pujals missed the majority of the 2016 season due to injury, and returns to the team as a fifth-year senior. He earned first team All-Patriot League honors in 2015, after being a second team All-Patriot League selection in 2014. Pujals enters the 2017 season ranked second all-time at Holy Cross in career completions (833), pass attempts (1,366) and yards of total offense (10,524); third in passing yards (8,919), completion percentage (61.0 percent) and touchdowns responsible for (84); and fourth in touchdown passes (67), pass efficiency rating (126.7) and 300-yard games (nine).
Holy Cross will open the 2017 season when it travels to Connecticut on Thursday, Aug. 31.
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).
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