WORCESTER, Mass. – Three former football players from the College of the Holy Cross have been selected to the Patriot League's 25th anniversary team, as announced by the conference office. Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Dave Murphy (Class of 1990) and Corey Vincent (Class of 1992) were the three former Crusaders named to the squad.
Lockbaum was a two-way standout for the Crusaders, in an era when the two-way player was a thing of the past. In his junior season he was named ECAC Player of the Year, New England Offensive Player of the Year, and WTBS National Player of the Year. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. In his senior season he finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting, second in the Maxwell Award voting, and was named the Football News Division I-AA Player of the Year. He was a two-time first team All-America selection, receiving recognition on offense, defense and special teams. The only full-time two-way performer in major college football during 1986 and 1987, he was in the game for 143 plays against Army in 1986 and scored six touchdowns in a Holy Cross victory over Dartmouth that same season. He graduated with his name on top of many Crusader record lists, including points in a season (132) and a career (264); touchdowns in a season (22) and a career (44); all-purpose yards in a season (2,173); receptions in a game (15), season (78) and career (135); and receiving yards gained in a season (1,152) and career (2,012). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth round, and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1993.
Murphy was a starter in the defensive backfield for four years, and earned a number of prestigious honors while helping lead the team to a 40-4 record over the course of his career. A four-time first team All-Patriot League selection and three-time All-American, he was also named All-New England and All-ECAC twice. In addition, Murphy received the Bulger Lowe Award as the 1989 Defensive Player of the Year in New England, and was selected as the National Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated following the Crusaders' 35-20 victory over Harvard on Oct. 1, 1988. He totaled 28 interceptions and 318 tackles during his collegiate career, in addition to returning a pair of punts for touchdowns. Murphy holds the school record for career interceptions, and still ranks second all-time in football championship subdivision history in career interceptions. He was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1998.
Vincent was a standout defensive tackle for the Crusaders from 1988-1991, helping lead the team to an overall record of 39-4-1 during his collegiate career. During his senior season, he earned All-America honors from the Associated Press, the Sports Network and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, in addition to being selected the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Vincent totaled 96 tackles with nine sacks and 18 tackles for loss during the 1991 season, in addition to breaking up four passes, forcing four fumbles and blocking four kicks. Over the course of his collegiate career, he recorded 247 total tackles with 25 sacks and 45 tackles for loss. Vincent shares the record for the most tackles for loss in school history, while ranking second all-time in quarterback sacks.