BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Holy Cross captured three of the four Patriot League GEICO weekly football awards when the League office announced honors on Monday. Fordham collected the remaining weekly accolade.
Holy Cross sophomore quarterback Matthew Sluka was named the Patriot League Football GEICO Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for two touchdowns in the Crusaders’ 20-17 win over Yale.
Crusaders’ linebacker Jacob Dobbs claimed Patriot League Football GEICO Defensive Player of the Week after making 13 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (TFL) and 2.0 sacks against the Bulldogs.
Holy Cross senior placekicker Derek Ng received Patriot League Football GEICO Special Teams Player of the Week after booting the game-winning field goal in Holy Cross’s victory over Yale. His 47-yard field goal with 48 seconds left in the game was the second time in his career that he connected on the game-winner against the Bulldogs.
Fordham freshman linebacker James Conway received Patriot League GEICO Rookie of the week honors for the second consecutive week after making 15 tackles, recovering a fumble and breaking up a pass against FAU.
Bucknell junior linebacker Ben Allen and sophomore running back Danny Meuser, Colgate freshman punter Shelby Pruett, Fordham senior linebacker Ryan Greenhagen, Georgetown senior wide receiver Cameron Crayton, Lafayette freshman kick returner/running back Michael Hayes, and junior linebacker Marco Olivas 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.
2021 Patriot League Football Standings (as of Sept. 20)
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Patriot League Football Week Four Schedule – Saturday, Sept. 25
Georgetown at Columbia (ESPN+) – 1 p.m.
Holy Cross at Monmouth (ESPN+) – 1 p.m.
Lehigh at Colgate (ESPN+) – 1 p.m.
Fordham at Stony Brook (ESPN+) – 3:30 p.m.
Penn at Lafayette (ESPN+) – 3:30 p.m.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, So., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial
*Sluka rushed for two touchdowns, netting 85 yards on 19 carries in Holy Cross’s 20-17 victory over Yale on Saturday.
*The sophomore quarterback also completed 7-of-13 passes for 80 yards in the Crusaders’ win.
*The defending Patriot League Rookie of the Year led a fourth-quarter drive to set up the game-winning field goal with 48 seconds remaining in the game.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Jr. LB, Macomb, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate *Greenhagen followed up his *Dobbs finished with 13 tackles, 4.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks to help Holy Cross defeat Yale, 20-17.
*The junior linebacker recorded both of his sacks in the fourth quarter to help stall the Bulldogs’ offense in a tightly contested game.
*He has recorded double-digit tackles in each of the Crusaders’ three games this season and is one of 13 FCS student-athletes to record four or more TFLs in a single game this season.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Sr., PK, Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman
*Ng connected on a 47-yard field goal with 48 seconds remaining in the game to lift Holy Cross to a 20-17 victory over Yale on Saturday.
*The Las Vegas native went 2-for-3 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra-points attempts to help the Crusaders improve to 2-1.
*His game-winning field goal against Yale is the second of his career against the Bulldogs. He made the overtime game-winner in a 31-28 win in 2018.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
James Conway, Fordham, Fr., LB, Omaha, Neb./Millard West
*Conway finished with a career-high 15 tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery in the Rams’ loss to FAU.
*He earned League rookie of the week for the second consecutive week after finishing behind teammate Ryan Greenhagen with 15 tackles, including eight solo tackles.
*The Omaha, Neb. native is seventh in the Patriot League, averaging 9.3 tackles per game.
Ben Allen, Bucknell, Jr., LB, Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne
*Allen registered a career-high 11 tackles and broke up a pass in Bucknell’s loss to Penn on Saturday night.
Danny Meuser, Bucknell, So., RB, Dallas, Pa./Dallas
*Meuser rushed for a career-high 90 yards and his first collegiate touchdown on 21 carries in Bucknell’s loss to Penn on Saturday.
Shelby Pruett, Colgate, Fr., P, Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
*Pruett averaged 42.7 yards per punt on seven attempts, including three of 50 yards or more. The freshman punter also pinned William & Mary inside of their own 20-yard line three times.
Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Sr., LB, Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII
*Greenhagen posted a game-high 17 tackles, nine solo, including half a tackle for loss in Fordham’s loss at FAU on Saturday night.
Cameron Crayton, Georgetown, Sr., WR, Rowlett, Texas/Rockwall
*Crayton finished career highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (115) in Georgetown’s loss to Harvard. The senior wide receiver had a 40-yard reception, the Hoyas’ longest offensive play of the day.
Michael Hayes, Lafayette, Fr., KR/RB, Sarasota, Fla./Riverview
*Hayes returned the game’s opening kickoff for a 93-yard touchdown against No. 23 New Hampshire. It was the Leopards’ first kickoff return for a touchdown since the 2018 season.
Marco Olivas, Lafayette, Jr., LB, Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge
*Olivas made a game-high 13 tackles, broke up two passes and had one quarterback hurry in Lafayette’s loss to No. 23 New Hampshire. Olivas and the Leopards’ defense held the Wildcats to 133 rushing yards.
Offensive Player of the Week
9.6 – Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, So., QB
9.13 – Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB
9.20 – Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, So., QB
Defensive Player of the Week
9.6 – Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Sr., LB
9.13 – Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Sr. LB
9.20 – Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Jr., LB
Special Teams Player of the Week
9.6 – Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Jr., PK
9.13 – Conor Hunt, Georgetown, So., P/K
9.20 – Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Jr., PK
Rookie of the Week
9.6 – Justin Fisher, Bucknell, Fr., DL
9.13 – James Conway, Fordham, Fr., LB
9.20 – James Conway, Fordham, Fr., LB
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