Crusaders To Open Patriot League Play At Bucknell
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (2-4, 0-0 PL) vs. Bucknell (1-3, 0-1 PL)
Date: October 12, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium (13,100), Lewisburg, Pa.
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The Series With Bucknell
This will be the 30th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 19-10. The Crusaders have won three straight and seven of the last eight contests between the two schools, with the only win for the Bison during that time being a 23-17 victory in Lewisburg in 2009. Holy Cross has won three of its last four visits to Mathewson Stadium (51-33 in 2005, 45-21 in 2007 and 16-13 in 2011), but had lost six consecutive games in Lewisburg prior to those contests. The schools first met on Oct. 31, 1925, with Holy Cross posting a 23-7 win at Fitton Field.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 19-10
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 7-6
At Mathewson Stadium: Bucknell leads, 7-6
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
Tom Gilmore vs. Bucknell: 7-2
Joe Susan vs. Holy Cross: 0-3
Crusaders In Patriot League Openers
Holy Cross will begin its 28th season of play in the Patriot League when it faces Bucknell on Oct. 12. The Crusaders own an all-time mark of 18-9 in their opening Patriot League contest of the season, including a 13-6 victory over Bucknell last year. Holy Cross has won seven of its last eight conference openers, including five victories over Georgetown (48-6 in 2005, 26-13 in 2006, 55-0 in 2007, 38-14 in 2008 and 20-7 in 2009), one win over Colgate (37-7 in 2011) and one victory over Bucknell (13-6 in 2012). The Crusaders also stand 12-3 in conference openers over the last 15 seasons, with the only losses during that span coming against Lehigh (38-20 in 2003), Fordham (42-35 in 2004) and Georgetown (17-7 in 2010). In addition, Holy Cross owns an all-time mark of 15-12 in its opening Patriot League road contest of the season.
Veterans Anchor Offensive Line
Holy Cross boasts a great deal of experience along the offensive line this season, including four players with at least 13 career starts. In six games played so far this year, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 387.2 total yards, 156.0 rushing yards and 25.8 point per game. Fifth-year senior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) leads the team with 28 consecutive games started and 39 career games played. Fifth-year senior left tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) owns 28 starts in 29 career games played, and senior right tackle Blake Berresford (Montoursville, Pa.) has started all 19 of his career games played. The starting lineup is rounded out by senior center Jay Knighton (Pottstown, Pa.) with 24 career games played and 13 starts, and junior right guard Ryan Schnieber (Cincinnati, Ohio) with six starts in six games played.
Pujals Takes Over At Quarterback
Freshman quarterback Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) has taken over as the starter for the Crusaders this season. During last week's game against Harvard, he hit on 33 of 50 attempts for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. Pujals directed an eight-play, 91-yard scoring drive to give Holy Cross the lead with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter, capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass. During the previous game at Dartmouth, he completed 25 of 37 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing 17 times for 125 yards and two more scores. Pujals brought the Crusaders back from behind on three different occasions against the Big Green, and also directed a 14-play, 67-yard drive in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal. In addition, his 415 yards of total offense against Dartmouth were the 12th highest single-game total in school history. Earlier in the season against Monmouth, Pujals came off the bench to complete 12 of 19 passes for 129 and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a team-high 22 yards on nine carries. On the year, he has now connected on 71 of 108 attempts for 764 yards and eight scores, while running the ball 50 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
Defense Steps Up Against Harvard
The Holy Cross defense turned in one of its top performances of the season against Harvard last week. The Crimson entered the week averaging 461.5 yards of total offense per game, but were held to only 267 yards in regulation by the Crusaders. Harvard had 12 possessions prior to the overtime periods, and was able to move the ball more than 33 yards on only one of those drives. Holy Cross also recorded a season-high six quarterback sacks on the afternoon, while posting one interception and breaking up three passes.
Fess Keeps Making Catches
Senior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) is once again among the top players on the Holy Cross offense this year. In six games so far this season, he leads the team with 40 receptions for 494 yards and six scores. During last week's game with Harvard, Fess posted a season-best 11 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Previously at Dartmouth, he caught nine passes for 138 yards. A few of Fess' other top games this year have come against Central Connecticut (five receptions for 63 yards and two scores), Towson (six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown) and Monmouth (five receptions for 47 yards and a score). In 2012, he led the team with 80 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games played. Fess' 80 total receptions on the year were the second-most ever by a Crusader in a single season. In 2011, Fess earned second team All-Patriot League honors after ranking second on the team with 45 receptions for 417 yards and two scores. He has now totaled 174 catches for 1,812 yards and 12 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Fess currently ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career receptions, and needs 17 more catches to break the all-time school record of 190 set by Jeff Laboranti from 1994-1997.
Acquah Playing Well Up Front
Senior defensive end Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) is playing a key role along the Holy Cross defensive front this year. He is currently tied for second on the team with 34 total tackles this season. During last week's game against Harvard, Acquah led the team with seven total tackles and one quarterback sack. Previously against Monmouth, he made a season-high nine tackles, including six solo stops. Earlier this year against Towson, Acquah tied for the team lead with eight tackles. He also posted five tackles at Bryant, three tackles at Central Connecticut and two tackles at Dartmouth. A second team All-Patriot League selection last year, Acquah recorded 54 total tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss in 2012. A few of his top games last year were against New Hampshire (career-high 10 tackles, pass breakup, blocked extra point) and Lafayette (eight tackles). In 2011, Acquah led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 40 total tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 112 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
SanDoval Steps Up In Final Year
Fifth-year senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) is once again among of the top players on the Holy Cross defense this year. Through six games played, he leads the team with 46 total tackles, including 37 solo stops and two tackle for loss. During the victory at Dartmouth, SanDoval led the team with a season-high 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss. He previously made 11 tackles against Monmouth, while posting five tackles and returning a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown at Central Connecticut. Earlier in the year, SanDoval totaled eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup against Towson, and made seven tackles at Bryant. Last season, he recorded 75 tackles, including three sacks and five tackles for loss. In 2011, SanDoval recorded 15 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in the first three games, before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Over the course of his collegiate career, SanDoval now has 176 total tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Crusaders In The Patriot League
Looking ahead to its 28th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 83-67 (.553) in conference action. The Crusaders won their last conference championship in 2009, clinching the title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. Holy Cross' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. The Crusaders are tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with 10 titles. In 2009, 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.
The Last Meeting With Bucknell
The Holy Cross defense allowed only 191 yards of total offense and 10 first downs on the day, as the Crusaders posted a 13-6 victory over Bucknell at Fitton Field on Oct. 6, 2012. Holy Cross also intercepted two passes on the afternoon, in addition to sacking the quarterback three times. Scotty O'Donoghue led the Crusader defense with six tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked punt. Matthew Boyd added five tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss, while Roman SanDoval finished with five tackles and a sack. The Holy Cross offense was led by Steven Elder, who completed 19 of 35 passes for 205 yards in his first career start. Bucknell drove into Holy Cross territory on the first drive of the game, before Ben Coffaro intercepted a Brandon Wesley pass to end the threat. The defenses then dominated play until the middle of the second quarter, when the Crusaders drove 90 yards in 13 plays before John Macomber kicked an 18-yard field goal. Holy Cross would hold onto that 3-0 lead heading into halftime. On the opening possession of the second half, the Crusaders went 65 yards in 11 plays with Matt Bellomo scoring on a one-yard run to make it a 10-0 game. Later in the third quarter, a blocked punt by O'Donoghue set up a 22-yard Macomber field goal, and Holy Cross led 13-0. Early in the fourth quarter, Evan Byers intercepted a pass for Bucknell, and four plays later Sean Cobelli kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Bison on the board. An interception by Matthew Steinback on the Crusaders' next possession again gave Bucknell a short field, and Cobelli kicked a 44-yard field goal to make the score 13-6. The Bison would get the ball back with 5:21 left to play, but a key sack by Mike Tucker on third down ended that drive. Bucknell then had one last possession in the closing minutes, before Logan Silver intercepted a pass with 1:33 remaining to put the game away.
Freshmen Make Presence Felt
In addition to quarterback Peter Pujals, several other freshman have found their way into the Holy Cross lineup during their first season of collegiate competition. Freshman linebacker Kyle Young (Roxbury, N.J.) has become a factor, totaling 10 tackles in his first collegiate start at Central Connecticut, then making five tackles and forcing two fumbles at Dartmouth. He has now recorded 22 tackles on the year. Freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.) currently ranks fourth on the team in rushing with 121 yards on 31 carries, and also stands fifth on the team in receiving with 10 catches for 158 yards and a score. During the Central Connecticut game, he scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 39-yard reception. Freshman wide receiver Jake Wieczorek (Cumming, Ga.) has become an all-around factor, returning 11 kickoffs for 211 yards, catching seven passes for 116 yards, bringing back two punts for 23 yards and rushing once for two yards. In the Dartmouth game, he scored the first touchdown of his Holy Cross career on a 33-yard catch. In addition, freshman tailback Brendan Flaherty (Beverly, Mass.) has rushed the ball five times for 27 times and a score (all at Central Connecticut), and freshman free safety Luke Ford (Wilmette, Ill.) has made three tackles including a quarterback sack (against Harvard).
Acquah & Fess Named Captains
Holy Cross has two captains for the 2013 football season. Senior defensive end Gary Acquah and senior wide receiver Mike Fess were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These two players have taken over the leadership role from Tom Mannix, Gerald Mistretta, Roman SanDoval and Sean Whited, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2012 campaign.
Raymond An All-Purpose Threat
Sophomore wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has become a key player for the Holy Cross offense this season, in addition to being a threat as a kick returner. After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, he has now caught 15 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown, rushed 12 times for 70 yards and a score, returned seven kickoffs for 135 yards and brought back four punts for 19 yards. During last week's game with Harvard, Raymond totaled 76 all-purpose yards with a five-yard touchdown run in the second overtime. Previously at Dartmouth, he totaled 126 all-purpose yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception. Last year, Raymond earned first team All-Patriot League honors as a return specialist. He brought back 32 kickoffs for 777 yards and a touchdown last year (good for an average of 24.3 yards per return), in addition to returning 19 punts for 101 yards. During the 2012 game at Lafayette, he returned a kickoff 80 yards for his first career touchdown. Earlier last season at Colgate, Raymond brought back eight kickoffs for 178 yards, to place third on the all-time Holy Cross single-game list for kickoff return yards. He also totaled a career-best 191 all-purpose yards at Harvard in 2012, to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.
Macomber Heads Up Kicking Game
Senior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) is once again handling all of the kicking duties for Holy Cross this year. In six games played, he has averaged 41.1 yards on 32 punts, with 12 fair catches and eight kicks downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Macomber has also scored 29 points so far this season, hitting three of five field goal attempts and 20 of 21 extra points. In addition, he has averaged 62.1 yards on 26 kickoffs with six touchbacks. Macomber had an outstanding game in the victory at Central Connecticut, scoring 10 points and booting a career-long 63-yard punt. He also played well at Dartmouth, scoring seven points and kicking the game-winning 23-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. In 2012, Macomber earned second team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and a punter. He ranked second on the team with 55 points scored last 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 in 2012, with a long of 59 yards and 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He previously led the team in scoring during the 2011 season with 56 points, hitting 12 of 15 field goals and 20 of 26 extra points. Macomber also led the Patriot League in field goal percentage in 2011, while his 12 field goals made tied the school single-season record. Over the course of his career as a Crusaders, Macomber has now made 25 of 33 field goals and 65 of 73 extra points, for a total of 140 points scored. His 25 career field goals made currently rank third all-time at Holy Cross.
Crusaders Run Wild At CCSU
During the Sept. 14 victory at Central Connecticut, Holy Cross ran the ball 72 times for 419 yards. The Crusaders tied the school single-game record with their 72 rushing attempts, while their 419 rushing yards were their most since running for 583 yards on 72 carries against Columbia on Oct. 29, 1983. Holy Cross also picked up 28 of its 33 total first downs against the Blue Devils on the ground, breaking the Patriot League single-game record of 23 rushing first downs which had been accomplished four times before. The Crusaders' 419 rushing yards also tied for the seventh-most in the nation by any team in the football championship subdivision so far this season.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Four Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 5. As a team, Holy Cross stands 10th in the nation in punt returns and 21st in first downs. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|Forced Fumbles||8||Kyle Young||0.4|
|Punt Returns||10||Holy Cross||16.3|
|First Downs||21||Holy Cross||22.2|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||24||Holy Cross||43.2|
|Receiving Yards||33||Mike Fess||82.3|
|Passes Defended||36||Matt Bhaya||1.2|
Crusaders Among League Leaders
Four Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 5. Senior kicker John Macomber leads the league in punting (41.1 yards/punt) and ranks fifth in field goals (0.5 made/game). Senior wide out Mike Fess stands third in the conference in receptions (6.7 catches/game), fourth in receiving yards (82.3 yards/game) and fifth in scoring (6.0 points/game). In addition, junior cornerback Ben Coffaro (Cincinnati, Ohio) ranks fifth in interceptions (0.3 picks/game) and freshman wide out Jake Wieczorek stands fifth in kickoff returns (19.2 yards/return). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (16.3 yards/return), while standing third in rushing offense (156.0 yards/game) and net punting (35.7 yards/punt).
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is now in his 10th season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2013. He has guided the Crusaders to an overall record of 55-51 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 52-43 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. In 2009, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. A finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, Gilmore led the Crusaders to winning records in seven straight seasons from 2005-2011, 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 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.
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, but stands 0-3 at home so far in 2013. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 368-177-27 (.667). From Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010, Holy Cross had a streak of 13 straight victories at home. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and finished the 2011 campaign with a winning record at home for the sixth straight season. 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).
Holy Cross Attempts To Post Another Winning Season
In 2013, the Crusaders will attempt to finish with a winning record for the eighth time in a nine-year span. The Crusaders had a streak of seven straight winning seasons snapped last year, when they went just 2-9 overall. The Crusaders concluded the 2010 and 2011 seasons with identical marks of 6-5, after going 9-3 in 2009 (marking only the ninth time in school history the team has won at least nine games). Holy Cross previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and its 42-25 mark from 2006-2011 was its best in a six-year span since going 42-23-1 from 1989-1994. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and had an overall mark of 48-30 from 2005-2011. Prior to that seven-year run, the last time the Crusaders posted a winning mark in seven straight seasons was from 1986-1992.
Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Fourth Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored three former football standouts on Sept. 21, as the fourth class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Tom Greene (Class of 1959), Dave Quehl (Class of 1976) and Johnny Turco (Class of 1952) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the Monmouth game, 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 is an annual event each fall. Individuals who have previously been inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor include Ronnie Cahill (Class of 1940), George Connor (Class of ex1946), Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Bruce Kozerski (Class of 1984), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Pat McCarthy (Class of 1963), Jon Morris (Class of 1964), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960), John Provost (Class of 1975), Jeff Wiley (Class of 1989) and Joe Wilson (Class of 1973).
Holy Cross Picked Third In Patriot League Preseason Poll
The 2013 Crusaders were picked to finish in third place in a preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. Holy Cross received a total of 35 points in the poll, to trail only Colgate and Lehigh. The rankings:
|Rank||School (1st place votes)||2012 Record||Points|
|1.||Colgate (8)||8-4 / 6-0 PL||68|
|2.||Lehigh (6)||10-1 / 5-1 PL||56|
|3.||Holy Cross||2-9 / 2-4 PL||35|
|4.||Lafayette||5-6 / 2-4 PL||32|
|5.||Georgetown||5-6 / 2-4 PL||26|
|6.||Bucknell||3-8 / 1-5 PL||15|
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2013 campaign marks the 118th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 609-490-54, good for a .552 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Holy Cross' 607 all-time victories ranked as the 14th 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 On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2013 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 43rd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 27th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher, Gordie Lockbaum and John O'Neill 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 five games shown on live television during the 2013 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013 campaign:
Sept. 28 at Dartmouth: Fox College Sports Central
Oct. 5 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 19 vs. Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Oct. 26 vs. Lafayette: Charter TV3
Nov. 9 at Lehigh: Service Electric
Live video streaming of most 2013 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders as part of the Patriot League Network, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.
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 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not watch live. The show is carried through Crusader Vision free of charge. For more details, click here.
Crusaders On Social Media
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Scouting The Bison
Bucknell stands 1-3 overall this season, with an 0-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have lost their last three games, and are coming off a 31-7 setback at Lafayette. Senior quarterback Brandon Wesley has completed 19 of 32 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, but has missed the last two games due to injury. Freshman tailback C.J. Williams has rushed 65 times for a team-best 256 yards and a score, while junior wide out Josh Brake has eight catches for 115 yards and one touchdown. Junior linebacker Evan Byers leads the Bison defense with 36 total tackles, three quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. Joe Susan is in his fourth season as Bucknell's head coach, and has posted an overall record of 11-26. Susan's career record stands at 21-26, including one season at Davidson.
Senior placekicker John Macomber has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... At the Oct. 5 game against Harvard, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... During the Dartmouth game on Sept. 28, the Holy Cross coaching staff took part in Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ... Senior wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) caught five passes for 74 yards and his first career touchdown against Harvard. He now ranks second on the team with 17 catches for 200 yards this season ... Junior cornerback Ben Coffaro leads the team with two interceptions on the year, in addition to making 24 tackles and breaking up four passes ... Sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya (Haddonfield, N.J.) has recorded a team-best six pass breakup so far this season, to go along with 34 total tackles and an interception ... Sophomore tailback Elad Covaliu (Rockville, Md.) leads the team with 231 rushing yards and one touchdown on 49 carries, to go along with 10 catches for 66 yards and another score ... Senior defensive end Gary Acquah has been named a candidate for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.