Two Crusaders Named Academic All-District

Chris Smith

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior offensive tackle Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.) and senior center Chris Smith (Buffalo, N.Y.), members of the Holy Cross football team, have been selected to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I squad, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The team is comprised of players from Division I schools in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Smith was named to the Academic All-District team for the third straight season.

McCabe and Smith have both started every game on an offensive line which has allowed the Crusaders to rank fourth in the nation in total offense (454.8 yards per game) and fifth in scoring offense (36.1 points per game). In the classroom, McCabe owns a 3.62 grade point average in classics, while Smith has posted a 3.44 grade point average in economics and accounting.

By earning Academic All-District honors, McCabe and Smith will now be on the ballot for Academic All-America honors. The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team will be announced on Nov. 24.

Holy Cross (7-1 overall, 3-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Nov. 7, when it travels to Lehigh (2-6 overall, 2-1 Patriot League) for a 12:30 p.m. game.

2009 ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT I FOOTBALL TEAM

Name, School, Pos.
Kyle Newhall, Brown, QB
Ray Fiumefreddo, Marist, RB
Greg Whipple, Marist, RB
Brad Kanuch, Connecticut, WR
Steve Tedesco, Sacred Heart, WR
John Gallagher, Dartmouth, TE
Anthony Castonzo, Boston College, OL
Paul Jasinowski, Brown, OL
Mike McCabe, Holy Cross, OL
Jim McKenzie, Syracuse, OL
Chris Smith, Holy Cross, OL
Tom Manning, New Hampshire, PK
David Akinniyi, Northeastern, DL
Matthew Rae, Rhode Island, DL
Tony Sparano, Albany, DL
Terrence Turner, Marist, DL
Chris Costello, Cornell, LB
Andrew Rodriguez, Army, LB
Chris Simpson, Albany, LB
Timothy Moller, Marist, DB
Kevyn Scott, Syracuse, DB
Jordan Trimble, Army, DB
John Van Aman, Marist, DB
Bobby Woods, Albany, P