Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-3, 0-1 PL) vs. Dartmouth (2-2, 0-2 Ivy)
Date: October 16, 2010
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Memorial Field (13,000), Hanover, N.H.
Live Video Streaming: www.DartmouthSports.com
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Unofficial Live Statistics: www.DartmouthSports.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 35-34-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 34, Dartmouth 14; October 17, 2009; Worcester, Mass.
The Series With Dartmouth
This will be the 74th meeting between the Crusaders and the Big Green on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 35-34-4. The Crusaders have posted victories in each of the last six years, but prior to that Dartmouth had won two straight and six out of eight games in the series. For games played in Hanover, Dartmouth holds a 21-19-3 advantage against the Crusaders, but Holy Cross has gone 19-14-3 since the opening of Memorial Field. The schools first met on Oct. 3, 1903, with the Big Green posting an 18-0 victory in Hanover.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 35-34-4
In Hanover: Dartmouth leads, 21-19-3
At Memorial Field: Holy Cross leads, 19-14-3
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, six games
Tom Gilmore vs. Dartmouth: 6-0
Buddy Teevens vs. Holy Cross: 0-10
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
Holy Cross Against The Ivy League
The Crusaders have enjoyed a good deal of success against Ivy League opposition during Tom Gilmore's tenure as head coach. Holy Cross stands 13-8 against Ivy League foes under Gilmore's direction, including a 1-1 record so far this season. The 13-8 mark over the last seven years includes a 6-0 record against Dartmouth, a 4-1 mark against Brown, a 2-5 record against Harvard and a 1-2 mark against Yale. The Crusaders' all-time record against the Ivy League stands at 106-137-9 (31-21-3 against Brown, 6-2 vs. Columbia, 0-5 against Cornell, 35-34-4 vs. Dartmouth, 23-39-2 against Harvard, 3-2 vs. Pennsylvania, 3-7 against Princeton and 4-27 vs. Yale).
Martin & Otis Lead Linebackers
Junior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas) and junior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) have both been key parts of the Holy Cross defense so far this season. Martin currently leads the team with 51 total tackles on the year, including 30 solo stops and one tackle for loss. During the Georgetown game, he totaled 12 tackles with two pass breakups and a forced fumble. Earlier in the season at Massachusetts, Martin tied for the team lead with 18 total tackles. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now recorded 84 tackles, three tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Otis ranks second on the team with 45 total tackles this season, despite missing two games due to injury. During last week's victory over Brown, he led the Crusaders with nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Otis previously made a career-best 16 tackles and broke up a pass at Georgetown, while totaling 12 tackles with one tackle for loss against Howard. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he now has 72 total tackles and two pass breakups.
Taggart Takes Over At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) had played very well for the Crusaders over the last few weeks. During last Saturday's victory over Brown, Taggart hit on 19 of 29 attempts for 196 yards and two scores. In the previous contest against Fordham, he completed 27 of 37 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 12 times for a team-best 75 yards and a score. Earlier in the season Taggart had a solid game against Howard, completing 17 of 29 passes for 186 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Through six games, he has now connected on 107 of 172 passes for 1,044 yards and eight touchdowns. Prior to this season, Taggart had played in only five career games, completing both of his pass attempts for four yards and rushing three times for seven yards.
Lamkin Returns At Linebacker
Senior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) has returned to the Holy Cross lineup this season, after missing most of the 2009 campaign due to injury. In six games played so far this year, he has totaled 40 tackles with three tackles for loss, two sacks and four pass breakups. Lamkin's top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he recorded six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups. He also ranked second on the team with seven tackles in the victory over Fordham. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2008, Lamkin played in just three games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. During his limited time on the field in 2009, he recorded 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. Previously in 2008, Lamkin totaled 71 tackles, including 56 solo stops, six tackles for loss and one sack. He also broke up two passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in 2008. Over the course of his collegiate career, Lamkin has now totaled 147 tackles with 15 tackles for loss.
Crusaders Have An Abundance Of Experience At Wide Receiver
Holy Cross once again has a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game this season. Senior wide out Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) has caught a team-high 27 passes for 271 yards and a score this year, after leading the team with 63 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Chmielinski has now totaled 114 catches for 1,336 yards and six scores. Senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) has added 25 catches for a team-high 317 yards and five touchdowns so far this year. Edger previously totaled 49 receptions for a team-best 818 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, and has now recorded 98 catches for 1,480 yards and 14 scores during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) is also playing a key role, with 15 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns so far in 2010. Santana had 46 catches for 601 yards and a team-high eight scores in 2009, and has recorded 88 receptions for 1,071 yards and 13 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Both Chmielinski and Santana were named second team All-Patriot League in 2009.
Schneider Shines At Tight End
Junior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) continues to be a key part of the Holy Cross passing game this season. Through six games played in 2010, he ranks third on the team with 21 receptions for 142 yards and a score. During the victory over Fordham, Schneider totaled four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Schneider finished last year ranked fourth on the team with 33 receptions for 275 yards, while his six touchdown catches were the second-most on the squad. He ranked second among Patriot League tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards, and finished the season with a streak of 10 straight games with at least one catch. Schneider's top performance in 2009 came at Villanova in the NCAA playoffs, when he caught seven passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
The Last Meeting With Dartmouth
Dominic Randolph completed 26 of 36 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, to lead 25th-ranked Holy Cross to a 34-14 victory over Dartmouth at Fitton Field during Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 17, 2009. Following the contest, Randolph received the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders' Homecoming Game. Randolph, who also won the award in 2007, joined Joe Segreti (1988 and 1990) as only the second two-time Turco Award winner. The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 11:02-mark of the first quarter on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to Charles McCall. In the second quarter, Eddie Houghton scored on a five-yard run to increase the Holy Cross lead to 13-0. Matt Bellomo then added a three-yard touchdown run, and the Crusaders were up 20-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, Randolph threw a 16-yard scoring strike to Luke Chmielinski. Randolph then found Nick Cole with a two-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, and Holy Cross led 34-0. Dartmouth would find the end zone twice in the final five minutes of play to conclude the scoring. Connor Kempe tossed a pair of touchdown passes, to Tanner Scott for 16 yards and to Niles Murphy for four yards. Bellomo finished the day with 91 rushing yards on 11 attempts, in addition to posting a team-best seven receptions for 46 yards. Mude Ohimor had two sacks to lead the defense, while Michael Wright added an interception and four pass breakups.
Senior Safeties Lead Secondary
Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.) and senior free safety Alex Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) are both among the top players on the Holy Cross defense in 2010. Johnson has recorded 22 tackles and two interceptions in six games played this season. He made six solo tackles and intercepted a pass against Howard in the season opener, while totaling six tackles with a pass breakup at Georgetown. In 2009, Johnson earned second team All-Patriot League honors, after recording 55 total tackles with five pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. His four-year career totals at Holy Cross now include 127 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups. DiMichele is tied for third on the with 40 total tackles this year, despite missing a game due to injury. He led the team with 18 tackles at UMass and added 10 total tackles at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League and third team All-America selection in 2009, he finished last year ranked second on the team with 82 total tackles (70 solo), to go along with two interceptions, five pass breakups, five tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. Over the course of his collegiate career, DiMichele has now totaled 194 tackles, 16 pass breakups and four interceptions.
Ohimor Plays Big On Defensive Front
Senior defensive end Mude Ohimor (Stoughton, Mass.) is once again a major force for the Crusaders in the trenches this year. Through six games played, Ohimor has totaled 16 tackles with a sack and two fumble recoveries. During the Georgetown game, he totaled four tackles and recovered a fumble, which he returned for 34 yards to set up Holy Cross' only touchdown. Ohimor previously made four solo tackles and recovered a fumble against Howard, then totaled four tackles at UMass and recorded four tackles with a sack at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Ohimor led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 34 tackles last season. He also ranked fourth in the Patriot League with seven sacks and seventh with nine tackles for loss, both marks which were the best on the team. Over the course of his collegiate career, Ohimor has now played in 38 games with 25 starts, totaling 75 tackles, eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Dornfried & Lemieux Get Their Kicks
Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) and senior punter Don Lemieux (Gardner, Mass.) are both in their second year in starting roles for the Crusaders. In six games played this season, Dornfried has made 12 of 15 extra point attempts and three out of five field goals. His top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he hit all five of his extra points and also connected on his only field goal attempt, from 29 yards. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Dornfried scored 61 points last year by hitting seven of nine field goals and 40 of 41 extra points. Lemieux has averaged 40.4 yards on 32 punts this year, with eight kicks of over 50 yards and 11 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. His best day so far in 2010 was at UMass, when he averaged 47.0 yards on six punts. Named second team All-Patriot League in 2009, Lemieux averaged 38.4 yards on 25 punts and 61.3 yards on 71 kickoffs a year ago.
Crusaders Have Three Outstanding Options At
Sophomore tailback Sam Auffant (Hampton, N.H.), sophomore tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) and junior tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.) all look to share the load carrying the ball for the Crusaders in 2010. Auffant rushed 11 times for 51 yards and a score against Fordham, after totaling 31 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the season opener against Howard. He has now recorded a team-best 171 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries in six games played this year. Auffant did not see any varsity action during the 2009 season. Houghton has rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries so far in 2010. He led the team with 50 yards on 12 carries in the victory over Brown, after previously putting up 41 yards on six rushes against Howard. Houghton ranked third on the team with 389 rushing yards and five scores on 68 carries last year, and also had 10 catches for 78 yards. Bellomo has played in just one game so far this season due to injury, carrying once for four yards at Georgetown. He ranked second on the team in rushing last season with 442 yards and four touchdowns on 91 carries, in addition to catching 32 passes for 251 yards. Bellomo rushed for over 50 yards five times last year, including a career-high 91 yards against Dartmouth. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has run for 596 yards on 131 attempts, while catching 37 passes for 292 yards.
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 362-166-27 (.677). Holy Cross has won 13 straight games at home, since falling to Massachusetts 45-42 in the 2008 season opener. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and have now finished the year with a winning record at home in each of the last four seasons. Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895).
Offensive Line Paves The Way
The Holy Cross offensive line is once again one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League in 2010. In six games played so far this year, the line has allowed just six sacks while the team has attempted 233 passes (just one sack for every 39.8 times the team has dropped back to pass). The starters on the Holy Cross line are junior Kyle Seddon (Southington, Conn.) at center, senior Mike Bernazzani (Whitman, Mass.) and senior Scott Wise (Fort Thomas, Ky.) at guard, and senior Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.) and sophomore Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) at tackle. The most experienced of the linemen are McCabe, who was named second team All-Patriot League last season and has played in 30 career games with 19 starts, and Bernazzani, who has seen action in 21 career games with 12 starts. During the 2009 season, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 32.2 points and 433.6 total yards per contest. The line allowed Holy Cross to throw for 314.9 yards per game last year, and gave up only 16 sacks while the team attempted 488 passes.
Crusaders Look To Extend Fitton Field Winning Streak
With last Saturday's 17-13 win over Brown, Holy Cross posted its 13th straight victory at Fitton Field. This is now tied for the fourth-longest home field winning streak in school history. The record was set from 1987-1989, when the Crusaders won 16 straight contests at Fitton Field, before playing Massachusetts to a 10-10 tie in the opening game of the 1990 season. Holy Cross' current home winning streak began with a 41-34 victory over Brown on Oct. 11, 2008. Here is a look at the longest Fitton Field winning streaks ever by the Crusaders:
|1.||16 games||September 19, 1987-November 4, 1989|
|2.||14 games||October 27, 1917-October 8, 1921|
|14 games||October 29, 1922-October 25, 1924|
|4.||13 games||November 8, 1930-October 29, 1932|
|13 games||October 11, 2008-present|
|6.||12 games||September 21, 1935-November 7, 1936|
|7.||11 games||November 22, 1924-October 30, 1926|
|8.||10 games||November 25, 1950-November 8, 1952|
DiMichele, Lamkin & Santana Named Team
Holy Cross has three captains for the 2010 football season. Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele, senior linebacker Sean Lamkin and senior wide receiver Freddie Santana were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These three players have taken over the leadership role from Dominic Randolph, who served as the Crusaders' captain during the 2009 season.
Holy Cross Looks To Defend Patriot League Title
During the 2010 campaign, the Crusaders will look to win the Patriot League championship for the seventh time in school history. Holy Cross is the reigning conference champion, after clinching the 2009 title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. The Crusaders' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. Holy Cross is tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with eight titles. Last season, Holy Cross won five Patriot League games for just the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders previously went 5-1 in 2008, while posting 5-0 conference records in 1990 and 1991. Now in its 25th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 75-60 (.556) in conference action.
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is in his seventh season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2010. Last year, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. Also a finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, he currently owns an overall record of 42-31 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 39-23 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in five straight seasons, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore's players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva also earning first team All-America honors. Gilmore has also led the Crusaders to four victories over ranked opponents, three of which came in 2009. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Four Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 9. As a team, Holy Cross ranks sixth in the nation in punt returns, while standing 15th in kickoff coverage and 28th in net punting. The rankings:
|Punt Returns||4||Freddie Santana||19.5|
|Kickoff Coverage||15||Holy Cross||17.6|
|Fumble Recoveries||28||Mude Ohimor||0.3|
|Net Punting||28||Holy Cross||35.5|
|Passing Yards||44||Ryan Taggart||174.0|
|Pass Efficiency||47||Ryan Taggart||125.1|
|Total Offense||48||Ryan Taggart||199.0|
Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2010, the Crusaders are looking to post a winning record for the sixth straight year. In 2009, Holy Cross finished the season with an overall record of 9-3, marking only the ninth time the school history the team has won at least nine games. The Crusaders previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and their 30-15 mark over the last four seasons is its best in a four-year span since going 36-7-1 from 1989-1992. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 36-20 since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. This marks the first time the Crusaders have posted five straight winning seasons since finishing with a winning mark in seven straight years from 1986-1992.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2010 campaign marks the 115th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 595-472-54, good for a .555 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2010 season, Holy Cross' 592 all-time victories ranked as the 16th most among all Division I-AA schools. Holy Cross has had 31 first team All-America selections, sent 69 players on to professional football, won five Lambert Cups, claimed six Patriot League championships, and was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year in 1987. The Crusaders also played in the 1946 Orange Bowl, losing to host Miami on the game's final play.
Crusaders Among League Leaders
Several Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 9. Senior wide receiver Freddie Santana leads the league in punt returns (19.5 yards/game), and senior punter Don Lemieux in the conference leader in punting (40.4 yards/punt). Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart ranks third in the league in pass efficiency (125.1 rating) and passing yards (174.0 yards/game) and fourth in total offense (199.0 yards/game), while senior free safety Alex Johnson is fourth in interceptions (0.3 picks/game) and fifth in kickoff returns (19.9 yards/return). In addition, senior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski stands fourth in the conference in receptions (4.5 catches/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in scoring defense (22.2 points/game) and punt returns (18.1 yards/return); while ranking second in passing offense (227.5 yards/game); and standing third in net punting (35.5 yards/punt).
Football Legends Ring Of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored six former football standouts on Oct. 2, as the inaugural class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Fame. Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960) and John Provost (Class of 1975) were all honored in a ceremony at the 2010 homecoming game against Fordham, and received permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which will become an annual event each fall.
Scouting The Big Green
Dartmouth enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-2 on the season, including an 0-2 mark in the Ivy League. The Big Green opened the season with wins over Bucknell (43-20) and Sacred Heart (21-19), but has dropped its last two games to Pennsylvania (35-28 in overtime) and Yale (23-20). Junior quarterback Conner Kempe has completed 61 of 108 passes for 785 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions this year. Junior tailback Nick Schwieger has rushed 79 times for 416 yards and four scores, while junior wide out Michael Reilly has caught a team-best 15 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Big Green is led by senior linebacker Pat Scorah with 27 tackles and sophomore strong safety Garrett Waggoner with 25 tackles. Buddy Teevens is in the sixth year of his second stint as Dartmouth's head coach, with an overall record of 37-65-2. Teevens' career record stands at 71-142-2, including five seasons at Tulane (1992-1996) and three years at Stanford (2002-2004).
Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2010 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 41st season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 25th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher and Gordie Lockbaum will serve as the color commentators for selected games this season. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking here. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.
Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have eight games shown on live television during the 2010 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2010 campaign:
Sept. 4 vs. Howard: WCTR-TV3
Sept. 11 vs. Massachusetts: CBS 3 Now
Sept. 25 vs. Georgetown: Verizon FiOS1
Oct. 2 vs. Fordham: WCTR-TV3
Oct. 23 vs. Colgate: Time Warner
Nov. 6 vs. Lehigh: Service Electric
Nov. 13 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Nov. 20 vs. Bucknell: WCTR-TV3
The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 1:00-1:30 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not listen in live. The show is carried free of charge, and can be heard by clicking here.
Live video streaming of all 2010 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. A package including all five home games is also available for $34.95. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.
Holy Cross players have been tackled for a loss only 16 times in six games played so far this season. Only two teams in the nation have been tackles for a loss fewer times this season: South Dakota State (12 times in five games) and Dartmouth (10 times in four games) ... Senior wide receiver Bill Edger has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... During the Oct. 2 victory over Fordham, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... Junior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) totaled five solo tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Brown last week. He is now tied for fifth on the team with 31 total tackles so far this season, to go along with two tackles for loss and two pass breakups ... Sophomore cornerback Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) has started three of the last six games, and has totaled 30 tackles this year while leading the team with five pass breakups ... Sophomore linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) earned his first career start at Harvard, and led the team with 11 total tackles. In six games played this season, he has now totaled 31 tackles to tie for fifth on the team ... Holy Cross won its season opener for the second straight season by defeating Howard, and now stands 7-4 in openers over the last 11 years ... The Crusaders were picked as the No. 14 team in the nation by the Sporting News ... Holy Cross was picked to finish in fourth place in the 2010 preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, Holy Cross senior defensive end Mude Ohimor was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year ... Four different Crusaders earned preseason All-America honors from various organizations prior to the start of the 2010 season: Anthony DiMichele, Bill Edger, Sean Lamkin and Mude Ohimor ... Thirteen Holy Cross players were selected preseason All-Patriot League by Phil Steele's 2010 College Football Preview ... The 2009 Holy Cross football team received an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all football squads in the nation. That marked the third straight season Holy Cross was honored.