Nov. 20, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) has been named the 2007 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, as voted by the conference's head coaches. Randolph was also one of seven Crusaders selected to the 2007 All-Patriot League teams. Senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.), senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.), senior tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Mass.), senior offensive tackle Dan Nolan (Pittsfield, Mass.) and junior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) all joined Randolph on the all-conference first team, while junior tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) was a second team selection.
Randolph completed 297 of 482 passes this season for 3,604 yards and 30 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. He set Holy Cross single season records for total offense (3,741 yards), completions and passing attempts, while placing second on the single season lists for touchdown passes and passing yards. Randolph led the Patriot League in total offense, passing yards and pass efficiency (141.6 rating), while ranking second in the nation in total offense, passing yards and completions. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now completed 481 of 781 passes for 5,841 yards and 49 touchdowns. Randolph currently ranks fourth all-time at Holy Cross in touchdown passes and passing yards, while standing fifth in total offense, completions and pass attempts.
Gough ranked third on the team with 62 total tackles this year, including 55 solo stops and six tackles for loss. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions on the season, in addition to posting five pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Gough was also the Crusaders' top kickoff returner this season, bringing back 15 kicks for 372 yards. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2006, after earning second team honors in 2005, Gough finished his Holy Cross career with 209 total tackles (184 solo), 11 interceptions and 26 pass breakups, while returning 69 career kickoffs for 1,742 yards. He ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in career kickoff return yards and career kickoff return average (25.2 yards per return), while placing eighth in career interceptions.
Maher led the team with 75 receptions for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. He also ranked second on the team in both all-purpose yards (998 yards) and scoring (66 points). Maher easily led the Patriot League in both receptions (6.82 catches per game) and receiving yards (82.5 yards per game), while ranking 11th in the nation in catches and 21st in receiving yards. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2006, Maher also placed third on the school single season lists for receptions and touchdown catches, while placing sixth for receiving yards. He finishes his collegiate career with 148 catches for 1,842 yards and 16 touchdowns, to rank fifth all-time at Holy Cross in receptions, and sixth in both touchdown catches and receiving yards.
McGuire played in all 11 games as Holy Cross' top tight end this season, starting six times. He totaled 12 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown, to rank seventh on the team in receiving. McGuire was also a key blocker, helping the Crusaders lead the Patriot League in scoring (35.9 points per game), total offense (463.4 yards per game) and passing offense (335.2 yards per game). Over the course of his collegiate career, McGuire played in 21 games for Holy Cross, while missing two full seasons due to injury.
Nolan started all 11 games for the Crusaders at right tackle this season, as the leader of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to lead the Patriot League in scoring (35.9 points per game), total offense (463.4 yards per game) and passing offense (335.2 yards per game). He also helped the Crusaders to allow just 14 sacks all season, while the team attempted 497 passing (just one sack for every 36.5 times the team dropped back to pass). Nolan started the final 22 games of his Holy Cross career on the offensive line, while playing in 33 contests as a Crusader.
Partain led the team in scoring this season with 86 points, while making 12 out of 16 field goals and all 50 of his extra point attempts. He tied the school single season record for field goals made, while becoming the first kicker in Holy Cross history to make all of his extra points with at least 30 attempts. During the Dartmouth game, Partain kicked the longest field goal in school history, when he connected on a 49-yard attempt. Partain will enter his senior season with a string of 50 straight extra points made, the second-longest streak in Holy Cross history.
Gass led the team in rushing this year with 563 yards and six touchdowns on 101 carries. He was also a key part of the passing game, finishing with 27 receptions for 318 yards and four scores, and placed third on the team with 881 all-purpose yards. Gass finished the year ranked fourth in the Patriot League in rushing and fifth in scoring (60 points). Over the course of his collegiate career, Gass has now rushed for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns on 230 carries, while catching 42 passes for 455 yards and six scores.
Holy Cross concluded the 2007 season with an overall record of 7-4, and placed second in the Patriot League with a 4-2 mark in conference games.
A complete list of the 2007 All-Patriot League football teams follows.
2007 All-Patriot League Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, Jr., QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Andy Romans, Lafayette, Jr., LB
Rookie of the Year: Xavier Martin, Fordham, Fr., RB
Coach of the Year: Tom Masella, Fordham
First Team Offense
Pos. Name, School Yr. QB Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross Jr. RB Jonte Coven, Fordham Sr. RB Jordan Scott, Colgate Jr. FB/HB Joe Russo, Lafayette Jr. WR Erik Burke, Colgate Sr. WR Ryan Maher, Holy Cross Sr. TE Ryan McGuire, Holy Cross Sr. OL Steve Jonas, Colgate Jr. OL Greg Lippert, Lafayette Sr. OL Dan Nolan, Holy Cross Sr. OL Jesse Padilla, Lafayette Sr. OL John Reese, Lehigh Sr. K Matt Partain, Holy Cross Jr. RS A.J. Kizekai, Bucknell So.
First Team Defense
Pos. Name, School Yr. DL Josh Eden, Bucknell So. DL Brian Jackson, Lehigh Jr. DL Pat Nolan, Colgate Sr. DL Kyle Sprenkle, Lafayette Sr. LB Tim Diamond, Lehigh Jr. LB Mike Gallihugh, Colgate Sr. LB Earl Hudnell, Fordham Sr. LB Andy Romans, Lafayette Jr. DB Casey Gough, Holy Cross Sr. DB Marcel Quarterman, Lafayette Sr. DB Brannan Thomas, Lehigh Sr. DB Cody Williams, Colgate Sr. P Benjamin Dato, Fordham Sr.
Second Team Offense
Pos. Name, School Yr. QB John Skelton, Fordham So. RB Terrance Gass, Holy Cross Jr. RB Xavier Martin, Fordham Fr. FB/HB Kyle Van Fleet, Georgetown Sr. WR Shaun Adair, Lafayette Jr. WR Asa Lucas, Fordham So. TE Mike Conte, Lafayette Jr. OL Mike Breznicky, Fordham Sr. OL Chad Glasser, Bucknell Sr. OL Nick Hennessey, Colgate Jr. OL Jimmy Kehs, Lehigh Sr. OL Mike Nardone, Fordham Sr. K Mike Buck, Colgate Sr. RS John Kennedy, Lehigh Fr.
Second Team Defense
Pos. Name, School Yr. DL Kyle Adams, Lehigh Sr. DL Keith Bloom, Lafayette Sr. DL Ryan Keller, Colgate Sr. DL Ryan Mehra, Fordham Jr. LB Matt Cohen, Lehigh So. LB James Crockett, Fordham So. LB Mark Leggiero, Lafayette So. LB Dominique Owens, Fordham Sr. DB Marvin Clecidor, Lafayette Jr. DB Ernest Moore, Lehigh Sr. DB Wayne Moten, Colgate So. DB Sam Orah, Fordham Sr. P Jason Leo, Lehigh Jr.