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Football Relives 2013 Season at Annual Banquet

April 16, 2014

Easton, Pa.
– The Lafayette College football team came together on April 12 to celebrate its 2013 Patriot League Title and recognized the year’s key contributors both on and off the field in its annual awards banquet.

The Leopard football community relived the 2013 campaign, highlighted by a 5-1 Patriot League record and capped by a dominant 50-28 title clinching win at No.15 Lehigh. The event sent the 22-man senior class off with a Patriot League championship and an NCAA Playoff appearance.

The positional most valuable player awrds were given out at the banquet. Junior Luke Chiarolanzio was named the MVP of the offensive line for the second straight season. The tackle has started 33 games over his first three seasons, garnering All-Patriot League First Team laurels this season. The Offensive Back MVP award went to junior tailback Ross Scheuerman. The All-Patriot League Second Teamer ran for 1,113 yards with 14 touchdowns while hauling in 31 catches for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Mark Ross shattered Lafayette’s career receiving records by pulling in 74 receptions for 1,078 yards and eight scores en route to a 2013 All-Patriot League First Team selection and the Leopards’ Receiver MVP award.

James Coscia was chosen as the defensive line MVP. The junior racked up 49 tackles, six for a loss, and a pair of sacks and capped the win over Lehigh with a 40-yard scoop and score. At linebacker, senior Mike Boles led the team in tackles with 84, including 4.5 for a loss on his way to his second career Linebacker MVP award.

Sophomore Matt Smalley was recognized as the most valuable player for two different units. First, at defensive back, he had a team-leading five interceptions and sat third on the squad with 63 stops. The Philadelphia native set the tone in the return game when he took the first play of the season 98 yards to the house against Sacred Heart. The All-Patriot League First Team return specialist was named the Maroon and White’s Special Teams MVP.

Senior linebacker Tyler Robinson, junior wide out Demetrius Dixon and senior tight end Brandon Hall were the recipients of this year’s Most Improved Player Award. Robinson started 11 games, finishing second on the team with 65 tackles with a 41-yard pick six against Holy Cross. Dixon caught 35 balls for 405 yards including a 68-yard catch and run touchdown at Lehigh. Hall led the team with 16.9 yards per catch. His breakout game came at Georgetown where he snagged six balls for 101 yards.

The scout team plays a vital role in preparing the team for Saturdays. Sophomore defensive end, turned tight end, Tyler Vickers and freshman quarterback Blake Searfoss were handed the Scout Team Award.

CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year Drew Reed was chosen as the Rookie of the Year following a stellar freshman season. The Lakeland, Tenn. native got his first career start at Holy Cross only to set a Patriot League record with 21 straight completions for 283 yards and five touchdowns. He completed 132-of-182 passes, setting a Leopard record with a completion percent of 73 percent, for 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions in six starts.

The Unsung Hero Award is given to those who contribute to the program in ways that extend beyond the field. This seasons recipients were seniors Alex White, Marcellus Irving, and Greg Kessel.

The David Nelson ’06 Award of Valor is presented to the player who displays an exceptional amount of heart and courage. Its namesake co-captained the 2005 Patriot League Champion team after overcoming a near-fatal stabbing in Boston before his senior season to start every game at fullback. This year’s winner, Max Ngolla, battled his way through a host of injuries, including a shoulder injury that significantly limited his practice participation. Ngolla saw the field in 10 games, starting eight of the last nine.

The final award of the evening was the Hugh H. “Stoney” Jones ’27 Award. Ross proved to be the key cog to the Leopard machine, converting 51 of his 74 catches for either a first down or touchdown. Lafayette’s first consecutive 1000-yard receiver parts the program as the school’s career leader in receptions (198), receiving yards (2,811) and receiving touchdowns (27) as well as the record holder for single game receptions with 13. The Aliquippa, Pa. native pound receiver is a three-time All-Patriot League honoree, the 2013 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and two-time team Most Valuable Player.

The Maroon and White will have their eyes on their second-straight Patriot League title when the 2014 season kicks off Sept. 6 at Sacred Heart.