Nov. 25, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Mass.) has been named the 2008 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the sport of football. In the 20-year history of the award, McGuire becomes the first Crusader football player to ever earn Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
In the classroom, McGuire has compiled a 3.42 grade point average as an economics major. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second year in a row earlier this month. McGuire was also selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in both 2005 and 2007. In addition, he had an internship with TriCore Solutions in Quincy, Mass., during the 2008 spring semester.
On the field, McGuire has been named first team All-Patriot League for the second straight season, after playing in all 11 of Holy Cross' games with seven starts. 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.
McGuire will now be a candidate for the overall 2008-2009 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced in the summer of 2009.
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.