For the second straight year, Fordham senior running back Chase Edmonds was named the Patriot League preseason Offensive Player of the Year it was announced today by the league office prior to today’s Patriot League Football Media Day Teleconference.
In addition, six other Rams, graduate student quarterback Kevin Anderson, senior offensive linemen Anthony Coyle and Ben Hartman, junior wide receiver Austin Longi, graduate student defensive lineman Manny Adeyeye and senior defensive back Caleb Ham were also named to the preseason All-Patriot League team.
In team standings, the Rams were picked to place second, behind defending champions Lehigh University in a vote by the Patriot League football head coaches and sports information directors.
The Mountain Hawks notched eleven first-place votes from their opponents to finish with 70 points in the poll with the Rams earning three first place votes and 61 points. Colgate was slated to finish third with 54 points, followed by Holy Cross (39) and Bucknell (36), with Lafayette (17) and Georgetown (17) finishing tied for sixth.
Edmonds, a 2016 consensus first team All-American, finished fourth in voting for the 2016 Walter Payton Award. He led the NCAA FCS in rushing yards per game (163.5) and was second in total rushing yards as well as ranking second in all-purpose yards per game (194.6) and third in rushing touchdowns. The 1,799 yards was just 39 yards shy of Edmonds’ school single season record set in 2014.
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