April 23, 2009
DALLAS, Texas - Offensive lineman Luke Botting (Hamilton, Ohio), tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Conn.) and placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.), who were all seniors on the 2008 Holy Cross football team, have been selected to the 2009 Hampshire Honor Society, as announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The team is comprised of graduating seniors from schools across the country who were starters or key reserves and maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20. A total of 564 players from 266 schools were selected to this year's Honor Society.
Botting has a 3.22 grade point average in biology, and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times during his career. During his junior and senior seasons, Botting served as the long snapper for the Crusaders on punts, field goals and extra points, in addition to being a key reserve along the offensive line. He played in 23 games over the course of his collegiate career.
McGuire owns a 3.40 grade point average in economics, and was named the 2008 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A two-time first team All-Patriot League selection, he has chosen to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team twice and the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times. During the 2008 season, McGuire totaled 30 receptions for 343 yards and four touchdowns, to rank fifth on the team in receiving. Over the course of his collegiate career, McGuire caught 42 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns.
Partain carries a 3.43 grade point average in economics, and was selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice in his career. A two-time first team All-Patriot League selection, he was also chosen to the 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-District team and the 2008 New England Football Writers All-Star team. Partain led the team in scoring with 84 points in 2008, making 12 out of 17 field goals and 48 of 49 extra point attempts. Over the course of his collegiate career, he made 24 of 33 field goals and 98 of 99 extra points for 170 total points.
Holy Cross concluded the 2008 season with an overall record of 7-4, and placed second in the Patriot League with a 5-1 mark in conference games.