Patriot League GEICO Football Players of the Week Announced (11.21.22)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lafayette claimed two of the four Patriot League GEICO weekly football awards when the League office announced the honors on Monday. Colgate and Fordham received one weekly accolade apiece.
 
Leopards’ senior linebacker Billy Shaeffer was named Patriot League Football GEICO Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception for a 50-yard touchdown in a 14-11 victory over Lehigh in the 158th playing of The Rivalry. Freshman running back Jamar Curtis collected GEICO Rookie of the Week honors after rushing for 108 yards on 10 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown against the Mountain Hawks.
 
Fordham senior quarterback Tim DeMorat captured Patriot League Football GEICO Offensive Player of the Week for the ninth time this season after throwing for 454 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-38 win against Colgate. He became the League’s single-season record holder in passing yards while also breaking the League career records for touchdowns responsible for and passing touchdowns.  
 
Colgate sophomore placekicker Spencer Biscoe collected Patriot League Football GEICO Special Teams Player of the Week after going 5-for-5 on PATs and connecting on a 27-yard field goal.   
 
Bucknell sophomore running back Rushawn Baker, senior safety Brent Jackson, Colgate sophomore quarterback Michael Brescia, senior linebacker J.C. Gaughan, Fordham sophomore linebacker James Conway, Holy Cross senior linebacker Liam Anderson and junior quarterback Matthew Sluka all received honorable mentions for their performances on Saturday. 
 
The Patriot League football players of the week are selected in a vote by League media members and each school’s sports information directors, who are not eligible to vote for their student-athletes.
 
2022 Patriot League Football Standings (as of Nov. 21)











School PL PL Pct. Overall Overall Pct.
Holy Cross 6-0 1.000 11-0 1.000
Fordham 5-1 .833 9-2 .818
Lafayette 3-3 .500 4-7 .364
Bucknell 2-4 .333 3-8 .273
Colgate 2-4 .333 3-8 .273
Lehigh 2-4 .333 2-9 .182
Georgetown 1-5 .167 2-9 .182

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PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL GEICO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB, Merritt Island, Fla./Viera
*DeMorat completed 33-for-51 passes for 454 yards while tying his career-high with six touchdown passes in a 52-38 victory over Colgate.
*He posted his sixth 400-yard passing game to tie a Patriot League record while finishing the regular season with 4,561 passing yards to break a single-season League record.
*The two-time League offensive player of the year also became the League’s career record holder in touchdowns responsible for (137) and touchdown passes (120).
 
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL GEICO DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Billy Shaeffer, Lafayette, Sr., LB, Washington, Pa./Archbishop Wood
*Shaeffer received MVP honors for the 158th playing of The Rivalry after returning an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and recovering a fumble.
*He finished with eight tackles and two quarterback hurries while helping the Leopards’ defense hold Lehigh to 61 rushing yards.
*The senior linebacker’s interception return for a touchdown proved to be the game-winning touchdown.
 
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL GEICO SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Spencer Biscoe, Colgate, So., PK, Landisville, Pa./Hempfield
*Biscoe went 5-or-5 on PATs and connected on a 27-yard field goal in Colgate’s loss at Fordham.
*The five extra points tied a career-high for the sophomore placekicker.
*He finished the regular season leading the Patriot League by connecting on 73.7 percent (14-for-19) of his field-goal attempts.
 
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL GEICO ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jamar Curtis, Lafayette, Fr., RB, Waldorf, Md./St. John’s College
*Curtis rushed 10 times for a career-high 108 yards and a touchdown to help Lafayette defeat Lehigh, 14-11.
*He rushed for a 71-yard touchdown on the Leopards’ first possession of the game. It was Lafayette’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
*The Waldorf, Md. native also tied for a team-high five receptions, totaling 13 yards.
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS
Rushawn Baker, Bucknell, Jr., RB, Victor, N.Y./Victor
*Baker rushed for a career-high 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead Bucknell to a 24-13 victory over Marist. He caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and rushed for a six-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
 
Brent Jackson, Bucknell, Sr., S, Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer
*Jackson finished with eight tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in Bucknell’s 24-13 victory over Marist. He helped the Bison defense limit the Red Foxes to 48 yards in the second half.
 
Michael Brescia, Colgate, So., QB, Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central
*Brescia passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns in a loss at Fordham. He also rushed for 85 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown against the Rams.
 
J.C. Gaughan, Colgate, Sr., LB, Scranton, Pa./North Pocono
*Gaughan tallied a career-high 14 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and a half sack in a loss at Fordham.
 
James Conway, Fordham, So., LB, Omaha, Neb./Millard West
*Conway recorded a team-high 13 tackles and a half tackle for loss in Fordham’s 52-38 victory over Colgate. He also forced a fumble.
 
Liam Anderson, Holy Cross, Sr., LB, Flanders, N.J./Mount Olive
*Anderson finished with nine tackles, one sack and a forced fumble to help Holy Cross defeat Georgetown 47-10, completing an undefeated 11-0 regular season.  
 
Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial
*Sluka completed 12-of-15 passes for a career-best 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crusaders to a 47-10 victory at Georgetown. He also rushed for 77 yards to help Holy Cross finish the season with an undefeated 11-0 record, the first League team to accomplish that feat since 2003.
 
Offensive Player of the Week
9.5 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
9.12 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
9.19 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
9.26 – Fotis Kokosioulis, Fordham, Sr., WR
10.3 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
10.10 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
10.17 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr. QB
10.24 – Michael Brescia, Colgate, So., QB
10.31 – Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB
11.7 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
11.14 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
11.21 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
 
Defensive Player of the Week
9.5 – Saiku White, Lafayette, So., S
9.12 – TyGee Leach, Lehigh, Sr., DB
9.19 – James Conway, Fordham, So., LB
9.26 – Mike DeNucci, Lehigh, Jr., LB
10.3 – A.T. Ntantang, Lafayette, Jr., CB
10.10 – James Conway, Fordham, So., LB
10.17 – James Conway, Fordham, So., LB
10.24 – Brent Jackson, Bucknell, Sr., S
10.31 – Brent Jackson, Bucknell, Sr., S
11.7 – Jyaire Stevens, Lafayette, Sr., DL
11.14 – Nate Norris, Lehigh, Sr., LB
11.21 – Billy Shaeffer, Lafayette, Sr., LB
 
Special Teams Player of the Week
9.5 – Brock Biestek, Georgetown, So., WR
9.12 – Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Sr., PK
9.19 – Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Sr., PK
9.26 – Dorrian Moultrie, Georgetown, Sr., WR/RS
10.3 – Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Sr., PK
10.10 – Mason Gudger, Georgetown, Fr., RB/RS
10.17 – Spencer Biscoe, Colgate, So., PK
10.24 – Devin Haskins, Holy Cross, Sr., CB
10.31 – Justin Shorter, Holy Cross, So., WR
11.7 – Brandon Peskin, Fordham, Jr., PK
11.14 – Coleman Bennett, Bucknell, Jr., RB/KR
11.21 – Spencer Biscoe, Colgate, So., PK
 
Rookie of the Week
9.5 – Ryan Schuster, Lafayette, Fr., QB
9.12 – Ryan Schuster, Lafayette, Fr., QB
9.19 – Ryan Schuster, Lafayette, Fr., QB
9.26 – Geoffrey Jamiel, Lehigh, Fr., WR
10.3 – Geoffrey Jamiel, Lehigh, Fr., WR
10.10 – Mason Gudger, Georgetown, Fr., RB/RS
10.17 – Treyvhon Saunders, Colgate, Fr., WR
10.24 – Matt Schearer, Bucknell, Fr., PK
10.31 – Mateen Ibirogba, Georgetown, Fr., DL
11.7 – Alex Kemper, Fordham, Fr., DB
11.14 – Matt Schearer, Bucknell, Fr., PK
11.21 – Jamar Curtis, Lafayette, Fr., RB
 
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