Five members of the Fordham University football squad have been named to the All-Patriot League team for 2008.
Senior defensive lineman Greg DeMarco (CBA ’09) and senior safetyMatt Loucks (CBA ’09) made the First Team, while senior defensive linemanRyan Mehra (CBA ’09), junior linebacker James Crockett (CBA ’10) and senior offensive lineman Justin Sarabaez (FCRH ’09) were named to the Second Team.
DeMarco, a two-year starter on the defensive line, finished the season with 43 total tackles, 28 solo, including a team-high 12.5 tackles for a loss, and four sacks. He ranked third in the Patriot League in tackles for a loss and ninth in sacks.
Loucks, a two-year starter at free safety who missed two games this year due to injury, notched 56 totals tackles in 2008, third best on the team, including 37 solo stops.
Mehra, a two-year starter on the defensive line and a Second Team All-League pick last year, closed out the season with 38 total tackles, 25 solo, including 11 tackles for a loss and a team-high 5.5 sacks.
Crockett, a two-year starter at linebacker who also received Second Team honors last fall, registered 67 total tackles, 39 solo, including 7.5 for loss, and two sacks.
DeMarco, Loucks, Mehra and Crockett were part of a defense that recorded two shutouts in 2008, tying the Patriot League mark for most shutouts in a season.
Sarabaez, a two-year starter who opened 10 games at right tackle and one at left tackle in 2008, was a cog in an offensive line that helped sophomore running back Xavier Martin become the sixth Ram to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. The line also protected junior quarterback John Skelton, who set the Fordham career record for passing yards this season, accumulating 6,215 yards.