DALLAS, Texas – Linebacker Andrew Cialino (Medford, N.J.), quarterback Joe Kosich (Southampton, Pa.), defensive back Quentin Liggins (Minneapolis, Minn.) and offensive lineman Chris Smith (Buffalo, N.Y.), who were all seniors on the 2009 Holy Cross football team, have been selected to the 2010 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 620 players from 246 schools were selected to this year's Honor Society.
Cialino has a 3.35 grade point average in economics, and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times during his career. During the 2009 season, he ranked third on the team with 74 total tackles, including 59 solo stops and three tackles for loss. Cialino played in 24 games over the course of his collegiate career, totaling 105 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and one interception.
Kosich owns a 3.55 grade point average in economics, and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times during his career. As a senior in 2009, he served as the holder on field goals and extra points, in addition to being the backup quarterback. Kosich played in a total of 11 games during his Holy Cross career, attempting one pass.
Liggins carries a 3.44 grade point average in economics, and was selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice in his career. A reserve defensive back who also saw significant action on special teams, Liggins made eight tackles in nine games during the 2009 campaign, in addition to blocking a punt. Over the course of his collegiate career, he totaled 15 tackles in 28 games played.
Smith had a 3.46 grade point average in economics and accounting, and was a four-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. He was also named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District three times, and to the FCS Athletic Directors Academic All-Star team twice. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Smith started all 12 games for the Crusaders at center, leading an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rank fourth in the nation in passing offense (314.9 yards per game), sixth in total offense (433.6 yards per game) and 13th in scoring offense (32.2 points per game). He started all 45 of the Crusaders' games over the last four seasons, setting new school records for games started and consecutive games started.
Holy Cross concluded the 2009 season with an overall record of 9-3, won the Patriot League championship with a 5-1 mark in conference games, and advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1983.
For a complete list of selections to the 2010 Hampshire Honor Society, click here.