Dec. 11, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.) has been named to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. Maher becomes the second Crusader to earn All-America honors from the AFCA in the last three years, joining 2005 selection Steve Silva.
A first team All-Patriot League and All-New England selection, Maher led the team with 75 receptions for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns this 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 22nd in receiving yards. He also finished third on the school single season lists for receptions and touchdown catches, while placing sixth for receiving yards.
Also a first team All-Patriot League selection in 2006, Maher finished his collegiate career with 148 catches for 1,842 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ranks fifth all-time at Holy Cross in receptions, and sixth in both touchdown catches and receiving yards.
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 American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America team follows.
2007 AMERICAN FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION ALL-AMERICA TEAM
OFFENSE Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School) WR Ryan Maher 6-1 184 Sr. Holy Cross Tom Gilmore Boca Raton, Fla. (Boca Raton) WR Ramses Barden 6-6 228 Jr. Cal Poly Rich Ellerson Altadena, Calif. (Flintridge Prep) OL Jesse Padilla 6-5 310 Sr. Lafayette Frank Tavani Hawthorne, N.J. (Hawthorne) OL David Hale 6-6 305 Sr. Weber State Ron McBride Plain City, Utah (Fremont) OL Chad Rinehart 6-5 308 Sr. Northern Iowa Mark Farley Boone, Iowa (Boone) OL Mitch Erickson 6-6 285 Sr. South Dakota State John Stiegelmeier Hutchinson, Minn. (Hutchinson) OL Kerry Brown 6-6 310 Sr. Appalachian State Jerry Moore Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter) QB Ricky Santos 6-2 215 Sr. New Hampshire Sean McDonnell Bellingham, Mass. (Bellingham) RB Chad Simpson 5-10 210 Sr. Morgan State Donald Hill-Eley Miami, Fla. (Edison) RB Omar Cuff 5-10 195 Sr. Delaware K.C. Keeler Landover, Md. (C.H. Flowers) RB Mike McLeod 5-11 200 Jr. Yale Jack Siedlecki New Britain, Conn. (New Britain)
DEFENSE Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School) DL Bryan Smith 6-3 230 Sr. McNeese State Matt Viator Newton, Texas (Newton) DL Kroy Biermann 6-3 241 Sr. Montana Bobby Hauck Hardin, Mont. (Hardin) DL Brian Johnston 6-5 280 Sr. Gardner-Webb Steve Patton San Diego, Calif. (Madison) DL Kendall Langford 6-6 294 Sr. Hampton Joe Taylor Petersburg, Va. (Petersburg) LB Jason Williams 6-3 225 Jr. Western Illinois Don Patterson Chicago, Ill. (DuSable) LB Brian Bradford 6-2 235 Sr. Towson Gordy Combs Germantown, Md. (Gaithersburg) LB Zach East 6-2 230 Sr. Prairie View A&M Henry Frazier III Houston, Texas (Yates) DB Tony LeZotte 6-0 200 Sr. James Madison Mickey Matthews Augusta, Ga. (Westside) DB Steven Williams 5-11 190 Sr. Harvard Tim Murphy San Antonio, Texas (W.H. Taft) DB Derrick Huff 5-11 188 Sr. Eastern Kentucky Danny Hope Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton) DB Al Donaldson 5-10 170 Jr. Alabama A&M Anthony Jones Crawfordville, Fla. (Wakulla)
SPECIALISTS Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School) P Chris MacDonald 6-4 215 Sr. Texas State Brad Wright Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain) PK Piotr Czech 6-5 210 Sr. Wagner Walt Hameline Keyport, N.J. (Keyport) AP Jayson Foster 5-9 164 Sr. Georgia Southern Chris Hatcher Canton, Ga. (Cherokee County)