Football Places Three On Academic All-Patriot League Team

Tom Mannix

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore cornerback Sam Jones (Canal Winchester, Ohio), junior placekicker and punter John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) and senior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) have been selected to the 2012 Academic All-Patriot League team for football, as announced by the conference office. 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 player.

Jones played in all 11 games for Holy Cross at cornerback this year, starting nine times. He totaled 31 tackles on the season, including 19 solo stops, while breaking up three passes. Over his first two years with the Crusaders, Jones has recorded 33 tackles in 15 career games played. In the classroom, he owns a cumulative grade point average of 3.63 with a major in political science.

Macomber was also named second team All-Patriot League as both a punter and placekicker, after playing in all 11 games this year and handling virtually all of the kicking duties for Holy Cross. He ranked second on the team with 55 points scored this year, hitting 10 of 13 field goal attempts (including a long of 46 yards) and 25 of 26 extra points. Macomber also averaged 40.9 yards on 62 punts, with a long of 59 yards and 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In addition, he averaged 62.4 yards on 47 kickoffs with 21 touchbacks. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Macomber has now made 22 of 28 field goals and 45 of 52 extra points, for a total of 111 points scored. His 22 career field goals made currently rank sixth all-time at Holy Cross. In the classroom, Macomber carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.68 with a major in History.

Mannix earned second team All-Patriot League honors for the second time in 2012, after previously being a second team selection in 2011. He started all 11 of Holy Cross' games this year at strong safety, leading the team with 88 total tackles, including 75 solo stops and one tackle for loss. Mannix also led the Crusaders with eight pass breakups, and tied for the team-lead with two interceptions. He finished the year ranked fifth in the conference in passes defended and 10th in total tackles. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, Mannix totaled 226 tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and 24 pass breakups. He concluded his career ranked seventh all-time at Holy Cross in pass breakups. In the classroom, he carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 with a major in Political Science.

Holy Cross concluded the 2012 season with an overall record of 2-9, and tied for third in the Patriot League with a 2-3 mark in conference games.

A complete list of the 2012 Academic All-Patriot League football teams follows.


Name, School, Yr.
Zach Barket, Lehigh, Sr.
Brad Bormann, Lafayette, Jr.
Sam Jones, Holy Cross, So.
Greg Kessel, Lafayette, Jr.
Dan Light, Fordham, So.
Chris Looney, Colgate, Sr.
John Macomber, Holy Cross, Jr.
Tom Mannix, Holy Cross, Sr.
Brendan Melanophy, Fordham, Sr.
Patrick Murray, Fordham, Sr.
Samuel Oyekoya, Bucknell, Sr.
Donald Rhodes, Georgetown, Sr.
Mark Ross, Lafayette, Jr.
Ryan Spadola, Lehigh, Sr.

Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Chris Looney, Colgate, Sr.