BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Holy Cross football players have earned six spots on the 2013 preseason All-Patriot League team, it was announced at Patriot League media day. Senior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) was named to the team twice, as both a placekicker and a punter. He is joined by senior defensive lineman Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.), senior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.), senior offensive lineman Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) and senior return specialist Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) on the squad, which was selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.
As a team, Holy Cross was picked to finish in third place in the 2013 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors, receiving 35 total points. Colgate finished first in the poll with 58 points and eight first place votes, followed by Lehigh with 56 points and six first place votes. The preseason rankings were rounded out by Lafayette (fourth, 32 points), Georgetown (fifth, 26 points) and Bucknell (sixth, 15 points).
Holy Cross is coming off a 2012 campaign in which it went 2-9 overall and 2-4 against Patriot League foes. The Crusaders, who return 15 starters and 43 letterwinners, are scheduled to open the 2013 season when they travel to Bryant for a 3:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Aug. 31.
2013 PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
QB, Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Sr.
RB, Carlton Koonce, Fordham, Sr.
RB, Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette, Sr.
FB/HB, Travis Friend, Bucknell, Sr.
FB/HB, Ed Pavalko, Colgate, Jr.
WR, Mike Fess, Holy Cross, Sr.
WR, Mark Ross, Lafayette, Sr.
WR, Brian Wetzel, Fordham, Jr.
TE, Dan Light, Fordham, Jr.
OL, Luke Chiarolanzio, Lafayette, Jr.
OL, Ned Daryoush, Lehigh, Jr.
OL, Kyle Pedretty, Holy Cross, Sr.
OL, Andrew Scarmado, Colgate, Sr.
OL, James Spaly, Georgetown, Sr.
RS, Kalif Raymond, Holy Cross, So.
PK, John Macomber, Holy Cross, Sr.
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
DL, Gary Acquah, Holy Cross, Sr.
DL, Sean Campbell, Georgetown, Sr.
DL, Sean Sellers, Bucknell, Sr.
DL, Tracey Smith, Bucknell, Sr.
LB, Mike Boles, Lafayette, Sr.
LB, Evan Byers, Bucknell, Jr.
LB, Nigel Muhammad, Lehigh, Sr.
LB, Dustin Wharton, Georgetown, Sr.
DB, Mike Armiento, Colgate, Jr.
DB, Jared Roberts, Lafayette, Jr.
DB, Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell, Jr.
DB, Ian Williams, Fordham, Sr.
P, John Macomber, Holy Cross, Sr.
Offensive Player of the Year: Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Sr., QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Dustin Wharton, Georgetown, Sr., LB
2013 PRESEASON PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL POLL
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