Leopards Lead Way With Four on Academic All-Patriot League Squad
Jan. 3, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Four Lafayette football players have been named to the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team. The awards are voted on by the Patriot League's football sports information directors.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team has been added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Football Academic All-Patriot League Team has 14 student-athletes to equal one-half the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team.
Junior DB Brandon Ellis (Jeffersonville, Pa./Norristown Area) adds the honor to his All-Patriot League First-Team selection and ESPN Academic All-District laurels. Ellis finished fourth on the team with 65 tackles. He rang up a career-high 16 tackles in a win vs. Stony Brook and managed an interception in a victory at Bucknell.
An All-Patriot League Second-Team honoree in 2010, Gerowski made 40 stops in his second season as a starter on the defensive line. He managed a career-high nine tackles against eventual Ivy league champion Penn. Gerowski was a CoSIDA Academic All-District II honoree in 2009 and majors in Economics and Business.
Nardone finished fifth on the team with 55 tackles while also registering two interceptions. An Economics and Business, Nardone maintains a 3.75 overall GPA. He serves as a peer mentor in Lafayette's Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center.
Junior quarterback Ryan O'Neil is the only Lafayette offensive player on the squad of 14. O'Neil completed 209-of-313 passes (67 percent) for 2,183 yards in 2010. He also tossed 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. O'Neil was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 15 following a 35-of-42 day vs. Holy Cross when he threw for 335 yards and ran for 41 yards. In that game, he helped senior wide receiver Mark Layton set a school record with 13 receptions. O'Neil is an Economics and Business major who maintains a 3.22 GPA.
O'Neil and the three Lafayette defensive selections join Bucknell's Travis Nissley (Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year), Tim Bolte, Jason Vollmar and John von Paris, Colgate's Greg Sullivan, Georgetown's Phillip Oladeji, Holy Cross' Bill Edger and Mike McCabe and Lehigh's Tom Randazza and Tanner Rivas on the Academic All-Patriot League squad. Six of the 14 selections to the Academic All-Patriot League Team were also honored with All-League selections for their play on the field.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
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