This season, Fordham will be the team to beat.
Fresh off a historic season — finishing 12-2 overall with an FCS playoff win — Fordham’s football squad has been unanimously picked to win this year’s Patriot League, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
In a preseason poll of the league’s coaches, the Rams received 12 first-place votes — the maximum number a team could collect. Lehigh came in second place with 54 points, followed by Lafayette with 51, Bucknell with 43, Colgate with 33, Holy Cross with 29 and Georgetown with 12.
In addition, Mike Nebrich (quarterback) and Sam Ajala (wide receiver) are candidates for the Walter Payton Award as the most outstanding player in the FCS. Stephen Hodge is contending for the Buck Buchanan Award as the leading defensive player in the nation, Fordham said in a press release.
“Congratulations to Stephen Hodge being selected as the Preseason Defensive POY as well,” Nebrich wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday night. “Was a privilege to receive the award after last season. Lets see if we can repeat as a duo again this year with the help of our teammates on our way to Frisco, TX.”
He added: “In the words of the man Joe Moorhead ‘With team success comes individual recognition.'”
The Rams kick off this season with great anticipation on Aug. 30 against St. Francis University at Rose Hill. [Full schedule]