Lafayette Places League-Best Three Players on Academic All-District Squad
EASTON, Pa. - A Patriot League-best three Lafayette student-athletes, all on the offensive side of the ball, have earned a place on the Capital One Academic All-District II Football Team announced on Thursday afternoon. Mark Ross, Brad Bormann and Greg Kessel will now be placed on a national ballot from which the Academic All-America Team will be selected in December.
Wide receiver Mark Ross (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) is one of the top pass catchers in the Patriot League. The junior has 56 receptions for 790 yards, the 10th best single-season yardage performance in Lafayette history. Ross is currently 23rd in the nation with 87.8 receiving yards per game and 25th with 6.2 catches per outing. He leads the Patriot League in yards per game.
Ross needs just two more catches to move into Lafayette's top 10 for career grabs and is 58 yards short of advancing to 10th place on the career receiving yards list with 1,493 yards. He was a 2012 Preseason All-Patriot League Selection after earning All-League Second-Team honors in 2011. Ross was also an Academic All-Patriot League honoree following his sophomore season. The Economics major has a 3.58 GPA while majoring in Economics.
Junior offensive lineman Brad Bormann (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) has started 15 games and played in 18 in his career. He has started every game this season and the last six of his sophomore campaign primarily at guard on the strong side. Bormann is a leader for an offensive line that does not feature any seniors and has allowed only eight sacks in conference play. The Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection majors in Biology in which he maintains a 3.72 overall GPA.
Junior fullback Greg Kessel (East Stroudsurg, Pa./East Stroudsburg South) is used primarily as a lead blocker and pass protector and is a major contributor on special teams. He is efficient when he touches the ball, scoring one touchdown on six carries while reeling in four catches for 79 yards (19.8 yards per catch) and two scores this season.
The Patriot League Academic Roll selection has played in 29 games in his career with 15 starts, collecting six touchdowns (four receiving and three rushing). Kessel is an Economics major who boasts a 3.38 GPA.
Academic All-District selections must have reached their sophomore year academically while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30. They must also be a starter or key reserve on their team.