Scheuerman Named Rookie of the Year, One of 10 All-Patriot League Selections
Nov. 22, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Freshman tailback and return specialist Ross Scheuerman (Allentown, N.J./Creamridge) has been selected as the Patriot League Football Rookie of the Year, highlighting 10 All-Patriot League selections for the Leopards on the 2011 squads that were selected in a vote by the conference coaches.
Scheuerman was an All-Patriot League Second-Team selection at tailback and return specialist and is the ninth Lafayette player to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Year status, joining Tom Costello (1988), Art Dennis (1990), Erik Marsh (1991), Shawn McHale (1994), Leonard Moore (1995), Kenya Allen (1998), Marko Glavic (2000), and Joe McCourt (2001). Scheuerman, who was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week four times in 2011, is a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award which is presented by The Sports Network to the freshman of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision.
The team's leading rusher, Scheuerman carried 104 times for 499 yards for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. He also reeled in 20 receptions for 188 yards (9.4 ypc) and a touchdown. In the return game, Scheuerman averaged 23.1 yards per kick off (31-715) and ran back a kick 78 yards for a touchdown in a win over Colgate (11/5).
Senior left guard Scott Biel (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) collects All-Patriot League laurels for the second straight season. The three-year starter was a second-team honoree in 2010 and was named to the All-Patriot League First Team in his final season. Biel started every game in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Lafayette placed three players on the All-Patriot League First-Team defense. Senior linebacker Leroy Butler (Sarasota, Fla./Booker) was the Leopards' most consistent producer on the defensive side of the ball. He led the team with 91 tackles, including seven for loss, and two sacks. Butler played in 44 games in his career, earning four varsity letters.
Classmate Brandon Ellis (Jeffersonville, Pa./Norristown) was one of four defensive backs on the All-Patriot League First-Team, his second naming in as many seasons. He is one of just 69 players in league history to be named All-Patriot League three or more times. Ellis was fourth on the team with 70 tackles and led Lafayette with 11 pass breakups. The Economics & Business major adds his all-league credentials to a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team in 2011 and the Capital One Academic All-District II Team in 2010 and 2011.
Junior punter Ethan Swerdlow (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) was also selected to the All-Patriot League First Team. In his first season as the team's punter Swerdlow punted 56 times for an average of 39.6 yards per punt. He landed 13 of those efforts inside the 20-yard line and had nine punts of 50 yards or more.
On the Second-Team Offense, two of Lafayette's most consistent receivers were honored in senior tight end Kevin Doty (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) and wide receiver Mark Ross (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell). For Doty, it is his second straight selection to the All-Patriot League Second Team. He made 14 catches for 179 yards (12.8 ypc) with a touchdown. Doty also handled long snapping duties for three seasons, playing in 38 games in his career.
Ross, who like Ellis was also an Academic All-Patriot League honoree, was the team's leading receiver, collecting 49 receptions for 703 yards and a team-best nine touchdown grabs. His 14.3 yards per catch average ranked fourth in the League and he had 11 plays of more than 20 yards to his credit, including a 73-yard touchdown in a win at Penn.
Defensively, senior linebacker Ben Eaton (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School/Mercersburg Academy) was second on the team with 84 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Eaton, who was in his second season as a starter and third season having played in every game, made his first career interception in a win over Fordham.
Joining Eaton, is junior defensive tackle Rick Lyster (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township). Lyster led all defensive linemen with 42 tackles, six for loss, and a team-best three sacks. He also managed a pair of hurries and forced a fumble. Lyster started all 11 games in 2011 after starting five of the last six as a sophomore.
Lehigh senior quarterback Chris Lum (Offensive Player of the Year), Georgetown senior defensive lineman Andrew Schaetzke (Defensive Player of the Year) and Georgetown head coach Kevin Kelly (Coach of the year) join Scheuerman as the major award winners.