Nov. 25, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) has been named the 2008 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, as voted by the conference's head coaches. Randolph was also one of 11 Crusaders selected to the 2008 All-Patriot League teams. Senior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.), junior offensive lineman Aaron Jones (Springfield, Ohio), senior tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Mass.) and senior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) all joined Randolph on the all-conference first team, while senior strong safety Daryl Brown (Stone Mountain, Ga.), senior tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.), junior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.), senior offensive lineman Chris Poole (Scituate, Mass.), junior linebacker Marcus Rodriguez (Peoria, Ariz.) and junior cornerback Michael Wright (Fort Washington, Md.) were second team selections.
Randolph becomes only the second player in conference history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors twice, after completing 340 of 520 passes this season for 3,838 yards and 34 touchdowns. He set Holy Cross single-season records for passing yards, total offense (3,917 yards), completions and passing attempts, while tying the single-season mark for touchdown passes. Randolph led the Patriot League in total offense, passing yards and pass efficiency (142.4 rating), in addition to leading the nation in total offense, passing yards and completions. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has completed 821of 1,301 passes for 9,679 yards and 83 touchdowns. Randolph owns the Holy Cross career records for total offense (9,984 yards), touchdown passes, completions and attempts, while standing second in passing yards.
Brock led the team in receiving this season with 60 catches for 927 yards and 13 touchdowns. He tied the school single-season record for touchdown catches, while placing sixth on the single season list for receiving yards and 10th for receptions. Brock also ranked second in the Patriot League in both scoring (78 points) and receptions, and third in receiving yards. Over the course of his collegiate career, he totaled 129 catches for 1,721 yards and 18 scores. Brock ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career touchdown catches and ninth in career receiving yards.
Jones started 10 games for the Crusaders at left tackle this season, as the leader of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to lead the Patriot League in scoring (34.4 points per game), total offense (455.4 yards per game) and passing offense (348.9 yards per game). He also helped the Crusaders to allow just 16 sacks all season, while the team attempted 523 passes (just one sack for every 33.7 times the team dropped back to pass). Jones has started 21 of Holy Cross' last 22 games on the offensive line, while playing in 28 career contests as a Crusader.
McGuire earns first team All-League honors for the second year in a row, after playing in all 11 games as Holy Cross' top tight end, starting seven times. He totaled 30 receptions for 343 yards and four touchdowns, to rank fifth on the team in receiving. McGuire's 30 catches this year were the most by a Holy Cross tight end since Bobby Andrews caught 48 passes in 1997. In addition to his receiving, McGuire was also a key blocker, helping the Crusaders lead the Patriot League in scoring (34.4 points per game), total offense (455.4 yards per game) and passing offense (348.9 yards per game). Over the course of his collegiate career, McGuire played in 32 games with 13 starts, catching 42 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns.
Partain has been named first team All-League for the second straight season, after leading the team in scoring with 84 points, while making 12 out of 17 field goals and 48 of 49 extra point attempts. He tied the school single season record for field goals made, while placing third on the single season list for extra points made and fourth for extra point percentage. Partain finished his career making 24 of 33 field goals and 98 of 99 extra points for 170 total points. Partain's career field goal percentage (72.7 percent) and career extra point percentage (99.0 percent) are both the best in Holy Cross history, while he stands third in field goals made and fourth in extra points made.
Brown started all 11 games at strong safety for Holy Cross this season, while serving as the team captain for the defense. He tied for the team lead and ranked second in the Patriot League with three interceptions, while ranking fourth on the team with 61 total tackles. In addition, Brown posted three tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Over the course of his collegiate career, Brown totaled 120 tackles, five interceptions, four tackles for loss and four pass breakups.
Kielt played in all 11 of the Crusaders' games at tailback this season, starting the final six contests. He led the team and ranked fifth in the Patriot League in rushing with 599 yards and four touchdowns on 107 carries, in addition to ranking fourth on the squad with 33 catches for 290 yards and a score. Over the course of his collegiate career, Kielt totaled 1,522 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 303 carries, while catching 66 passes for 533 yards and a score. His 18 career rushing touchdowns are tied for the 10th-most in Holy Cross history.
Lamkin started all 11 games this season for the Crusaders at outside linebacker. He led the team with 71 total tackles this year, including 56 solo stops. Lamkin also totaled six tackles for loss, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He recorded a career-best 13 total tackles at Colgate on Nov. 22, while totaling 10 tackles and two tackles for loss in the victory at Lafayette on Nov. 15. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Lamkin now has 95 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.
Poole started all 11 games for the Crusaders at right guard this season, as part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to lead the Patriot League in scoring (34.4 points per game), total offense (455.4 yards per game) and passing offense (348.9 yards per game). He also helped the Crusaders to allow just 16 sacks all season, while the team attempted 523 passes (just one sack for every 33.7 times the team dropped back to pass). Poole has started all 22 of Holy Cross' games over the last two seasons on the offensive line.
Rodriguez started all 11 games this season for the Crusaders at inside linebacker. He ranked second on the team with 68 total tackles this year, including 49 solo stops and a team-best four quarterback sacks. Rodriguez also totaled eight tackles for loss, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He recorded a season-best 11 total tackles and two tackles for loss at Colgate on Nov. 22, while posting nine tackles, a sack and a force fumble in the victory over Bucknell on Nov. 1. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Rodriguez has now totaled 138 total tackles with 10 tackles for loss.
Wright started all 11 games at cornerback for Holy Cross this season. He totaled a team-best 12 pass breakups and one interception on the year, to rank first in the Patriot League and 17th in nation with 13 passes defended. In addition, Wright recorded 34 total tackles and two tackles for loss. He broke up three passes in a game two times this season, against Fordham on Nov. 8 and UMass on Sept. 6. Over the course of his collegiate career, Wright has totaled 43 tackles, one interception and 13 pass breakups.
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.
A complete list of the 2008 All-Patriot League football teams follows.
2008 All-Patriot League Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, Sr., QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Andy Romans, Lafayette, Sr., LB
Rookie of the Year: Nate Eachus, Colgate, Fr., RB
Coach of the Year: Dick Biddle, Colgate
First Team Offense Pos. Name, School Yr. QB Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross Sr. RB Nate Eachus, Colgate Fr. RB Jordan Scott, Colgate Sr. FB/HB Joe Russo, Lafayette Sr. WR Jon Brock, Holy Cross Sr. WR Pat Simonds, Colgate Jr. TE Ryan McGuire, Holy Cross Sr. OL Nick Hennessey, Colgate Sr. OL Steve Jonas, Colgate Sr. OL Aaron Jones, Holy Cross Jr. OL Will Rackley, Lehigh So. OL Rich Rosabella, Colgate Sr. RS A.J. Kizekai, Bucknell Jr. PK Matt Partain, Holy Cross Sr.
First Team Defense Pos. Name, School Yr. DL B.J. Benning, Lehigh Jr. DL Greg DeMarco, Fordham Sr. DL Brian Jackson, Lehigh Sr. DL Jason Mills, Lafayette Sr. LB Matt Cohen, Lehigh Jr. LB Tim Diamond, Lehigh Sr. LB Mark Leggiero, Lafayette Jr. LB Andy Romans, Lafayette Sr. DB Quadir Carter, Lehigh Sr. DB Chris Ekpo, Colgate Sr. DB Matt Loucks, Fordham Sr. DB Wayne Moten, Colgate Jr. P Jason Leo, Lehigh Sr.
Second Team Offense Pos. Name, School Yr. QB Greg Sullivan, Colgate So. RB Mike Kielt, Holy Cross Sr. RB A.J. Kizekai, Bucknell Jr. WR Shaun Adair, Lafayette Sr. WR Shaun Pasternak, Bucknell So. TE Mike Conte, Lafayette Sr. OL Kevin Bayani, Lehigh Sr. OL Ryan Hart-Predmore, Lafayette Jr. OL Leo Plenski, Lafayette Sr. OL Chris Poole, Holy Cross Sr. OL Justin Sarabez, Fordham Sr. RS Shaun Adair, Lafayette Sr. PK Davis Rodriguez, Lafayette So.
Second Team Defense Pos. Name, School Yr. DL Austin Douglas, Colgate Jr. DL Ataefiok Etukeren, Georgetown Sr. DL Paul Mancuso, Colgate Jr. DL Ryan Mehra, Fordham Sr. LB James Crockett, Fordham Jr. LB Greg Hadley, Colgate Jr. LB Sean Lamkin, Holy Cross Jr. LB Marcus Rodriguez, Holy Cross Jr. DB Daryl Brown, Holy Cross Sr. DB Jarard Cribbs, Lehigh So. DB Travis Mack, Georgetown Jr. DB Michael Wright, Holy Cross Jr. P Phil Azarik, Bucknell Sr.