Holy Cross Plays Host To Brown On Saturday
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (2-3, 0-1 PL) vs. Brown (2-1, 1-0 Ivy)
Date: October 9, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 25-20-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 41, Fordham 27; October 31, 2009; Bronx, N.Y.
The Series With Brown
This will be the 56th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bears on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 31-21-3. The Crusaders had defeated the Bears three straight times, before Brown posted a 34-31 victory in Providence last season. Overall, Holy Cross has won nine of the last 12 games in the series. For games played at Fitton Field, Holy Cross holds an 18-5-2 advantage, going 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings. The teams first met on Oct. 1, 1898, with Brown posting a 19-0 victory in Providence.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 31-21-3
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 18-6-2
At Fitton Field: Holy Cross leads, 18-5-2
Current Win Streak: Brown, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Brown: 3-1
Phil Estes vs. Holy Cross: 1-3
Holy Cross Against The Ivy League
The Crusaders have enjoyed a good deal of success against Ivy League opposition during Tom Gilmore's tenure as head coach. Holy Cross stands 12-8 against Ivy League foes under Gilmore's direction, including an 0-1 record so far this season. The 12-8 mark over the last seven years includes a 6-0 record against Dartmouth, a 3-1 mark against Brown, a 2-5 record against Harvard and a 1-2 mark against Yale. The Crusaders' all-time record against the Ivy League stands at 105-137-9 (30-21-3 against Brown, 6-2 vs. Columbia, 0-5 against Cornell, 35-34-4 vs. Dartmouth, 23-39-2 against Harvard, 3-2 vs. Pennsylvania, 3-7 against Princeton and 4-27 vs. Yale).
Martin & Otis Lead Linebackers
Junior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas) and junior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) have both been key parts of the Holy Cross defense so far this season. Martin currently leads the team with 44 total tackles on the year, including 26 solo stops and one tackle for loss. During the Georgetown game, he totaled 12 tackles with two pass breakups and a forced fumble. Earlier in the season at Massachusetts, Martin tied for the team lead with 18 total tackles. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now recorded 77 tackles, three tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Otis ranks second on the team with 36 total tackles this season, despite missing two games due to injury. During last week's victory over Fordham, he led the Crusaders with eight tackles. Otis previously made a career-best 16 tackles and broke up a pass at Georgetown, while totaling 12 tackles with one tackle for loss against Howard. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he now has 63 total tackles and two pass breakups.
Taggart Takes Over At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) had an outstanding game in last week's victory over Fordham. He completed 27 of 37 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown against the Rams, while rushing 12 times for a team-best 75 yards and a score. Earlier in the season Taggart had a solid game against Howard, completing 17 of 29 passes for 186 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Through five games, he has now connected on 88 of 143 passes for 848 yards and six touchdowns. Prior to this season, Taggart had played in only five career games, completing both of his pass attempts for four yards and rushing three times for seven yards.
Crusaders Have An Abundance Of Experience At Wide Receiver
Holy Cross once again has a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game this season. Senior wide out Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) has caught a team-high 21 passes for 181 yards and a score this year, after leading the team with 63 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Chmielinski has now totaled 108 catches for 1,246 yards and six scores. Senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) has added 18 catches for a team-high 256 yards and three touchdowns so far this year. Edger previously totaled 49 receptions for a team-best 818 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, and has now recorded 91 catches for 1,419 yards and 12 scores during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) is also playing a key role, with 10 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns so far in 2010. Santana had 46 catches for 601 yards and a team-high eight scores in 2009, and has recorded 83 receptions for 1,015 yards and 13 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Both Chmielinski and Santana were named second team All-Patriot League in 2009.
Crusaders Look To Extend Fitton Field Winning Streak
With last Saturday's 36-31 win over Fordham, Holy Cross posted its 12th straight victory at Fitton Field. This is now tied for the fifth-longest home field winning streak in school history. The record was set from 1987-1989, when the Crusaders won 16 straight contests at Fitton Field, before playing Massachusetts to a 10-10 tie in the opening game of the 1990 season. Holy Cross' current home winning streak began with a 41-34 victory over Brown on Oct. 11, 2008. Here is a look at the longest Fitton Field winning streaks ever by the Crusaders:
|1.||16 games||September 19, 1987-November 4, 1989|
|2.||14 games||October 27, 1917-October 8, 1921|
|14 games||October 29, 1922-October 25, 1924|
|4.||13 games||November 8, 1930-October 29, 1932|
|5.||12 games||September 21, 1935-November 7, 1936|
|12 games||October 11, 2008-present|
|7.||11 games||November 22, 1924-October 30, 1926|
|8.||10 games||November 25, 1950-November 8, 1952|
Schneider Shines At Tight End
Junior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) continues to be a key part of the Holy Cross passing game this season. Through five games played in 2010, he is tied for second on the team with 18 receptions for 122 yards and a score. During last week's victory over Fordham, Schneider totaled four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Schneider finished last year ranked fourth on the team with 33 receptions for 275 yards, while his six touchdown catches were the second-most on the squad. He ranked second among Patriot League tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards, and finished the season with a streak of 10 straight games with at least one catch. Schneider's top performance in 2009 came at Villanova in the NCAA playoffs, when he caught seven passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
The Last Meeting With Brown
Brown's Patrick Rooney kicked a 34-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, to lift the Bears to a 34-31 victory over the 19th-ranked Crusaders at Brown Stadium on Oct. 10, 2009. Holy Cross was led by Dominic Randolph, who completed 38 of 53 passes for 411 yards and four scores. The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 10:44-mark of the first quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Don Lemieux. Holy Cross then increased its lead to 10-0 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to Nick Cole. Early in the second quarter, Brown scored its first points on a seven-yard touchdown run by Kyle Newhall-Caballero. The Crusaders responded with a five-yard scoring pass from Randolph to Alex Schneider, and led 17-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Newhall-Caballero tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Sewall, cutting the Holy Cross lead to 17-13 after a missed extra point. Brendan Gallagher then intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards for a score, giving Brown a 20-17 advantage. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Rooney kicked a 31-yard field goal. Newhall-Caballero then threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Trevan Samp, increasing the Bears' lead to 31-17 after a two-point conversion. But the Holy Cross offense then came back to life, with Randolph directing two scoring drives to tie the score at 31-31. Both touchdowns came on passes from Randolph to Rob Koster, of 13 and 30 yards, the second coming with just 1:49 remaining in regulation. But Brown was able to come back down the field, setting up Rooney's game-winning field goal in the closing seconds.
Lamkin Returns At Linebacker
Senior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) has returned to the Holy Cross lineup this season, after missing most of the 2009 campaign due to injury. In five games played so far this year, he has totaled 35 tackles with two sacks and four pass breakups. Lamkin's top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he recorded six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups. He also ranked second on the team with seven tackles in the victory over Fordham. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2008, Lamkin played in just three games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. During his limited time on the field in 2009, he recorded 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. Previously in 2008, Lamkin totaled 71 tackles, including 56 solo stops, six tackles for loss and one sack. He also broke up two passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in 2008. Over the course of his collegiate career, Lamkin has now totaled 142 tackles with 14 tackles for loss.
Ohimor Plays Big On Defensive Front
Senior defensive end Mude Ohimor (Stoughton, Mass.) is once again a major force for the Crusaders in the trenches this year. Through five games played, Ohimor has totaled 16 tackles with a sack and two fumble recoveries. During the Georgetown game, he totaled four tackles and recovered a fumble, which he returned for 34 yards to set up Holy Cross' only touchdown. Ohimor previously made four solo tackles and recovered a fumble against Howard, then totaled four tackles at UMass and recorded four tackles with a sack at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Ohimor led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 34 tackles last season. He also ranked fourth in the Patriot League with seven sacks and seventh with nine tackles for loss, both marks which were the best on the team. Over the course of his collegiate career, Ohimor has now played in 37 games with 24 starts, totaling 75 tackles, eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Dornfried & Lemieux Get Their Kicks
Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) and senior punter Don Lemieux (Gardner, Mass.) are both in their second year in starting roles for the Crusaders. In five games played this season, Dornfried has made 10 of 13 extra point attempts and two out of three field goals. His top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he hit all five of his extra points and also connected on his only field goal attempt, from 29 yards. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Dornfried scored 61 points last year by hitting seven of nine field goals and 40 of 41 extra points. Lemieux has averaged 41.1 yards on 26 punts this year, with eight kicks of over 50 yards and nine punts downed inside the 20-yard line. His best day so far in 2010 was at UMass, when he averaged 47.0 yards on six punts. Named second team All-Patriot League in 2009, Lemieux averaged 38.4 yards on 25 punts and 61.3 yards on 71 kickoffs a year ago.
Senior Safeties Lead Secondary
Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.) and senior free safety Alex Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) are both among the top players on the Holy Cross defense in 2010. Johnson has recorded 21 tackles and one interception in five games played this season. He made six solo tackles and intercepted a pass against Howard in the season opener, while totaling six tackles with a pass breakup at Georgetown. In 2009, Johnson earned second team All-Patriot League honors, after recording 55 total tackles with five pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. His four-year career totals at Holy Cross now include 126 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass breakups. DiMichele ranks third on the with 35 total tackles this year, despite missing a game due to injury. He led the team with 18 tackles at UMass and added 10 total tackles at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League and third team All-America selection in 2009, he finished last year ranked second on the team with 82 total tackles (70 solo), to go along with two interceptions, five pass breakups, five tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. Over the course of his collegiate career, DiMichele has now totaled 189 tackles, 16 pass breakups and four interceptions.
Offensive Line Paves The Way
The Holy Cross offensive line looks to once again be one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League in 2010. In five games played so far this year, the line has allowed just four sacks while the team has attempted 186 passes (just one sack for every 47.5 times the team has dropped back to pass). The starters on the Holy Cross line are junior Kyle Seddon (Southington, Conn.) at center, senior Mike Bernazzani (Whitman, Mass.) and senior Scott Wise (Fort Thomas, Ky.) at guard, and senior Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.) and sophomore Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) at tackle. The most experienced of the linemen are McCabe, who was named second team All-Patriot League last season and has played in 29 career games with 18 starts, and Bernazzani, who has seen action in 20 career games with 11 starts. During the 2009 season, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 32.2 points and 433.6 total yards per contest. The line allowed Holy Cross to throw for 314.9 yards per game last year, and gave up only 16 sacks while the team attempted 488 passes.
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 361-166-27 (.676). Holy Cross has won 12 straight games at home, since falling to Massachusetts 45-42 in the 2008 season opener. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and have now finished the year with a winning record at home in each of the last four seasons. Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895).
Crusaders Have Three Outstanding Options At Tailback
Sophomore tailback Sam Auffant (Hampton, N.H.), sophomore tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) and junior tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.) all look to share the load carrying the ball for the Crusaders in 2010. Auffant rushed 11 times for 51 yards and a score against Fordham, after totaling 31 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the season opener against Howard. He has now recorded 146 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries in five games played this year. Auffant did not see any varsity action during the 2009 season. Houghton has rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries so far in 2010, including 41 yards on six rushes against Howard. He ranked third on the team with 389 rushing yards and five scores on 68 carries last year, and also had 10 catches for 78 yards. Houghton's 52 rushing yards in the 2009 season opener against Georgetown were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since Gideon Akande ran for 87 yards on eight carries against Georgetown in 2002. Bellomo has played in just one game so far this season due to injury, carrying once for four yards at Georgetown. He ranked second on the team in rushing last season with 442 yards and four touchdowns on 91 carries, in addition to catching 32 passes for 251 yards. Bellomo rushed for over 50 yards five times last year, including a career-high 91 yards against Dartmouth. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has run for 596 yards on 131 attempts, while catching 37 passes for 292 yards.
Holy Cross Looks To Defend Patriot League Title
During the 2010 campaign, the Crusaders will look to win the Patriot League championship for the seventh time in school history. Holy Cross is the reigning conference champion, after clinching the 2009 title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. The Crusaders' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. Holy Cross is tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with eight titles. Last season, Holy Cross won five Patriot League games for just the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders previously went 5-1 in 2008, while posting 5-0 conference records in 1990 and 1991. Now in its 25th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 75-60 (.556) in conference action.
Holy Cross Picked Fourth In Patriot League Preseason Poll
The 2010 Crusaders were picked to finish in fourth place in a preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, Holy Cross senior defensive end Mude Ohimor was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year, and quarterback Greg Sullivan of Colgate was chosen as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
|2010 Patriot League Preseason Poll|
|Rank||Team (1st Place Votes)||Points|
|4.||Holy Cross (1)||34|
DiMichele, Lamkin & Santana Named Team
Holy Cross has three captains for the 2010 football season. Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele, senior linebacker Sean Lamkin and senior wide receiver Freddie Santana were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These three players have taken over the leadership role from Dominic Randolph, who served as the Crusaders' captain during the 2009 season.
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is in his seventh season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2010. Last year, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. Also a finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, he currently owns an overall record of 41-31 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 38-23 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in five straight seasons, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore's players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva also earning first team All-America honors. Gilmore has also led the Crusaders to four victories over ranked opponents, three of which came in 2009. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Four Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 2. As a team, Holy Cross ranks third in the nation in punt returns, while standing 20th in net punting and 22nd in kickoff coverage. The rankings:
|Punt Returns||2||Freddie Santana||23.0|
|Fumble Recoveries||16||Mude Ohimor||0.4|
|Net Punting||20||Holy Cross||36.2|
|Kickoff Coverage||22||Holy Cross||17.8|
|Total Offense||46||Ryan Taggart||197.6|
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2010 campaign marks the 115th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 594-472-54, good for a .554 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2010 season, Holy Cross' 592 all-time victories ranked as the 16th most among all Division I-AA schools. Holy Cross has had 31 first team All-America selections, sent 69 players on to professional football, won five Lambert Cups, claimed six Patriot League championships, and was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year in 1987. The Crusaders also played in the 1946 Orange Bowl, losing to host Miami on the game's final play.
Crusaders Among League Leaders
Several Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 2. Senior wide receiver Freddie Santana leads the league in punt returns (23.0 yards/game), while senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) ranks second in pass efficiency (121.0 rating), fourth in passing yards (169.6 yards/game) and fifth in total offense (197.6 yards/game). In addition, senior punter Don Lemieux stands fourth in punting (41.1 yards/punt) and senior free safety Alex Johnson is fifth in kickoff returns (19.8 yards/return). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (20.6 yards/return); while ranking second in passing offense (206.8 yards/game) and net punting (36.2 yards/punt); and standing third in scoring defense (24.0 points/game).
Scouting The Bears
Brown enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-1 on the season, and a 1-0 mark in the Ivy League. The Bears opened the season with victories over Stony Brook (33-30 in double overtime) and Harvard (29-14), before falling to Rhode Island (27-24 in overtime) last week. Junior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero has completed 32 of 51 passes for 407 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions this season, but has missed a significant amount of time due to injury. Senior wide out Alexander Tounkara has a team-best 24 receptions for 328 yards and one score, while sophomore tailback Mark Kachmer has rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns on 47 carries. Defensively, the Bears are led by senior linebacker Andrew Serrano who has totaled 31 tackles, and interception and two forced fumbles on the season. Head coach Phil Estes is in his 13th season at the helm of the Brown program, and owns a career record of 74-48. Estes has led the Bears to three Ivy League titles, during the 1999, 2005 and 2008 seasons, and was named the 2005 New England Coach of the Year.
Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2010, the Crusaders are looking to post a winning record for the sixth straight year. In 2009, Holy Cross finished the season with an overall record of 9-3, marking only the ninth time the school history the team has won at least nine games. The Crusaders previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and their 30-15 mark over the last four seasons is its best in a four-year span since going 36-7-1 from 1989-1992. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 36-20 since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. This marks the first time the Crusaders have posted five straight winning seasons since finishing with a winning mark in seven straight years from 1986-1992.
Football Legends Ring Of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored six former football standouts on Oct. 2, as the inaugural class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Fame. Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960) and John Provost (Class of 1975) were all honored in a ceremony at the 2010 homecoming game against Fordham, and received permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which will become an annual event each fall.
Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2010 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 41st season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 25th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher and Gordie Lockbaum will serve as the color commentators for selected games this season. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking here. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.
Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have eight games shown on live television during the 2010 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2010 campaign:
Sept. 4 vs. Howard: WCTR-TV3
Sept. 11 vs. Massachusetts: CBS 3 Now
Sept. 25 vs. Georgetown: Verizon FiOS1
Oct. 2 vs. Fordham: WCTR-TV3
Oct. 23 vs. Colgate: Time Warner
Nov. 6 vs. Lehigh: Service Electric
Nov. 13 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Nov. 20 vs. Bucknell: WCTR-TV3
The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 1:00-1:30 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not listen in live. The show is carried free of charge, and can be heard by clicking here.
Live video streaming of all 2010 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. A package including all five home games is also available for $34.95. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.
Senior wide receiver Bill Edger has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Junior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) totaled six solo tackles with a sack and a forced fumble against Fordham last week. He now ranks seventh on the team with 26 total tackles so far this season ... Sophomore linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) earned his first career start at Harvard, and led the team with 11 total tackles. In five games played this season, he has now totaled 31 tackles to rank fifth on the team ... Sophomore cornerback Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) has started two of the last five games, and has totaled 28 tackles this year while tying for the team lead with four pass breakups ... Holy Cross won its season opener for the second straight season by defeating Howard, and now stands 7-4 in openers over the last 11 years ... The Crusaders were picked as the No. 14 team in the nation by the Sporting News ... Four different Crusaders earned preseason All-America honors from various organizations prior to the start of the 2010 season: Anthony DiMichele, Bill Edger, Sean Lamkin and Mude Ohimor ... Thirteen Holy Cross players were selected preseason All-Patriot League by Phil Steele's 2010 College Football Preview ... The 2009 Holy Cross football team received an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all football squads in the nation. That marked the third straight season Holy Cross was honored.