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Ross Honored as Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Nov. 27, 2013

EASTON, Pa. - Senior wide receiver Mark Ross (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) has been named the 2013 Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday morning. Ross heads a group of three Lafayette student-athletes who were named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Ross, a three-time All-Patriot League selection and First-Team honoree the past two seasons, helped guide Lafayette to its seventh Patriot League championship and an NCAA FCS Playoff berth. The senior holds every career receiving mark at Lafayette, making 192 receptions for 2,780 yards and 27 touchdowns. Ross is the only wideout in program history to post consecutive 1000-yard seasons and has 14 career games with 100 or more receiving yards. On a Patriot League level, he ranks in the top 10 in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. In 2013, Ross has 68 catches for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns.

An Economics major, Ross is a two-time winner of Capital One Academic All-District II honors (2012 and 2013) and was also named to the 2012 FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. This is the third Academic All-Patriot League selection for Ross who maintains a 3.63 GPA.

Ross is the sixth Lafayette student-athlete to win the award, joining Brad Maurer (2006), Maurice Bennett (2005), Stephen Bono (2004) and Stewart Kupfer (2001) and Jeff Denning (1995).

Like Ross, senior offensive guard Brad Bormann (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District II selection and 2012 FCS ADA honoree. His appearance marks back-to-back selections to the Academic All-Patriot League Team which is voted on by Patriot League sports information directors.

Bormann is in his third season as a starter on the offensive line and has served as a team captain in 2013. He has played 35 games in his career with 26 starts. Academically, Bormann boasts of a 3.8 GPA while majoring in Biology with a minor in English. At Lafayette, he has earned the James F. Bryant '40 Excellence Award in 2013 for combined achievements in academics, athletics, and volunteerism and the Gilbert Award for superiority in English. After graduation in May, Bormann is slated to participate in the Teach in the Teach for America program.

Junior Justin Adams (West Amwell, N.J./Notre Dame) is the final of three Academic All-Patriot League selections. The wide receiver has 24 catches for 315 yards and one touchdown while averaging 13.1 yards per catch, despite missing three games with a concussion. He caught a 49-yard flea flicker that set up the Leopards' first score versus Lehigh and finished with five catches for a career-best 92 yards receiving. He maintains a 3.56 GPA with a major in Psychology.

Lafayette continues its season on Saturday at noon in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs at No. 15 New Hampshire.