Joe McCourt Named Most Valuable Player at Lafayette Football Postseason Awards Banquet

Feb. 27, 2005

EASTON, Pa. ( - The final chapter was written on Lafayette's 2004 Patriot League championship football season on Saturday at the program's postseason awards banquet.

Approximately 350 people attended the event, held at The Eastonian at the Holiday Inn Express in Easton.

Senior tailback Joe McCourt (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) was named the team's Most Valuable Player after rushing for 1,193 yards and a school-record-tying 16 touchdowns. McCourt ran for more than 100 yards seven times in 2004 and was named the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Year. He ranks second all-time at Lafayette with 4,474 rushing yards and is just the second player in school history to record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

McCourt was also presented a plaque in recognition of his new Lafayette and Patriot League records. He is the school and league all-time leader in points (324) and rushing touchdowns (50), and is Lafayette's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (6,047) and touchdowns (54). McCourt's 314 carries in 2002 are the most ever in a single season for a Lafayette player, and he tied a school record with five touchdowns against Holy Cross in 2004.

A pair of underclassmen collected Player of the Year honors on offense and defense. Sophomore quarterback Brad Maurer (Loveland, Ohio/Kings) was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 1,313 yards and running for 643 more. He accounted for 15 touchdowns and set a new Lafayette single-season record for completion percentage (67.0).

Junior linebacker Maurice Bennett (Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year after amassing over 100 tackles for the second straight season. He finished tied for first in the Patriot League in 2004 in total tackles (119) and posted at least 10 tackles in nine different games in 2004. Bennett was an All-Patriot League First-Team selection this past season.

Senior punter Mike Davis (La Plata, Md./Maurice J. McDonough) was named the Special Teams Player of the Year after dropping a career-high 14 kicks inside the 20-yard line, including seven inside the 10, while Marcel Quarterman (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Quarterman played in all 12 games and snagged his first career interception at Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs.

The banquet was preceded by the presentation of the 2004 championship rings to the team's 10 seniors at halftime of Lafayette's 81-76 men's basketball win over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon.

Lafayette (8-4), ranked No. 19 nationally in both major final polls, claimed the Patriot League's automatic berth to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs by virtue of its 24-10 win over Lehigh in the regular season finale on Nov. 20. The win secured Lafayette's first league championship since 1994, while the Leopards' eight wins were the most in one season since 1992.