Three Holy Cross Football Players Named All-New England
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.), senior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) and freshman return specialist Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) have been selected to the 2012 New England Football Championship Subdivision All-Star team, as announced by the New England Football Writers. The three Crusaders were among 28 players from around New England named to the squad. The members of the team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Banquet on Dec. 6 in Stoneham, Mass.
Macomber was named second team All-Patriot League as both a punter and placekicker this season, after playing in all 11 games 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.
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.
Raymond received first team All-Patriot League honors this season, after seeing action in 10 games as both a kickoff and punt returner. He brought back 32 kickoffs for 777 yards and a touchdown, in addition to returning 19 punts for 101 yards. Raymond led the team with 878 all-purpose yards on the season, while ranking first in the Patriot League and 35th in the nation with an average of 24.3 yards per kickoff return. He finished the year in second place on the all-time Holy Cross single-season lists for both kickoff returns and kickoff return yards.
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 All-New England football teams follows.
2012 FCS ALL-NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL TEAM
OL, Rob Bathe, Dartmouth, Sr.
OL, Nathan Bernstein, Brown, Sr.
OL, John Collins, Harvard, Sr.
OL, Chris Howley, Maine, Sr.
OL, Seamus O'Neill, New Hampshire, Jr.
QB, Colton Chapple, Harvard, Sr.
RB, Treavor Scales, Harvard, Sr.
RB, Tyler Varga, Yale, So.
TE, Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard, Sr.
WR, Jordan Harris, Bryant, Jr.
WR, R.J. Harris, New Hampshire, So.
WR, Brandon Johnson-Farrell, Rhode Island, Sr.
DL, Jeff Covitz, Bryant, So.
DL, Tyler Foehr, Sacred Heart, Sr.
DL, Jared Smith, New Hampshire, Sr.
DL, Michael Yules, Brown, Sr.
LB, Joshua Boyd, Harvard, Jr.
LB, Donte Dennis, Maine, Sr.
LB, Matt Evans, New Hampshire, Sr.
LB, Michael Runger, Dartmouth, Jr.
LB, Stephen Zambetti, Brown, Sr.
DB, A.J. Cruz, Brown, Sr.
DB, Darlos James, Maine, Sr.
DB, Tom Mannix, Holy Cross, Sr.
DB, Dontra Peters, New Hampshire, Sr.
PK, John Macomber, Holy Cross, Jr.
P, Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard, Sr.
RS, Kalif Raymond, Holy Cross, Fr.