Patriot League Announces Academic Football Honors (11.23.22)

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Fordham grad student linebacker Ryan Greenhagen was named Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was selected for the fourth time to the 15-member Academic League All-Patriot team when the honors were announced Wednesday.

Greenhagen (Business Analytics, 3.96 GPA) and Holy Cross Senior Running Back Peter Oliver (Chemistry/Spanish, 3.95 GPA), Last Year’s College Football Athlete, became the first two students -Patriotic League football athletes to receive Academic All-Patriot League honors for the fourth time. Greenhagen and Oliver are also finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented annually to college football’s top varsity athlete.

Bucknell, Colgate and Holy Cross each received three All-Academic Team winners, while Fordham and Georgetown each placed two student-athletes on the team. Lafayette and Lehigh each had a winner.

The Patriot League Football Athlete-Scholar of the Year and All-Patriot League Academic Teams honor student-athletes who excel on and off the field. The Patriot League Football Sports Information Directors nominated and voted for the awards. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and All-Patriot League Academic Team, a student-athlete must have at least a GPA of at least 3.20 and be a beginner or a key player in his sport. Freshmen or first-year student-athletes at their school are not eligible for this honor.

2022 Patriot League Football Scholar – Athlete of the Year
Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Gr., LB, Sparta, NJ/Pope John XXIII

*Greenhagen was a four-time All-Patriot League draft pick, earning First-Team recognition this season after finishing third in the league in tackles per game (9.4) and one of three players to eclipse 100 tackles this season.
* He is pursuing his Masters in Business Analytics with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. He graduated from Fordham last May with his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a GPA of 3.85.
* Sparta, NJ became Fordham’s career leader in tackles (414) and is currently fourth in Patriot League history, 12 shy of breaking the League’s career record.
* The two-time CoSIDA All-American is a finalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded annually to college football’s top student-athlete.

Three receive academic honors for the second time

Bucknell senior safety Brent Jackson (finance, 3.76 GPA), Holy Cross fifth-year linebacker Liam Anderson (economics, 3.40 GPA), and Lafayette senior linebacker Marco Olivas (integrative engineering, 3.68 GPA ) all made the Academic All-Patriot League team for the second time.

Five All-Patriot League First-Team Winners and Six Second-Team Winners Form Academic Team

Anderson, Greenhagen, Olivas and Oliver are joined by Fordham sophomore linebacker James Conway (undeclared, 3.55 GPA) as First-Team All-Patriot League winners to make the Academic All-Team League. Jackson highlights a list of six second-team selections to gain academic recognition. Bucknell junior offensive lineman Ethan Pitzel (finance, 4.0 GPA), Colgate senior linebacker Tyler Flick (political science, 3.44 GPA), Georgetown graduate linebacker Justin Fonteneaux (project management, 3.4 GPA), Georgetown graduate student offensive lineman Mac Hollensteiner (management, 3.52) and Holy Cross sophomore running back Jordan Fuller (economics, 3.63 GPA) received academic honors after being part of the second All League team.

Ten team up academy for the first time

Ten Patriot League football student-athletes were recognized for the first time in the All-League Academic Team. Conway, Flick, Fonteneaux, Fuller, Hollensteiner and Pitzel were all first-time winners. Bucknell junior running back Coleman Bennett (sociology, 3.72 GPA), Colgate senior defensive lineman Zach Pelland (neuroscience, 3.97 GPA), senior defensive back Jackson Price (sociology and educational studies, 3, 73 GPA) and Lehigh senior wide receiver Jalen Burbage (architecture, 3.39 GPA) also made the academy team for the first time.

Patriot League Male and Female Scholar of the Year

The Patriot League Athlete-Scholar of the Year for each sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, given after the academic year. A male and a female are selected for this honor.

2022 Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Gr., LB

2022 Academic Patriotic Football League Team*

Coleman Bennett, Bucknell, Jr., RB
Brent Jackson, Bucknell, Sr., S
Ethan Pitzel, Bucknell, Jr., OL
Tyler Flick, Colgate, Sr., LB
Zach Pelland, Colgate, father, DL
Jackson Price, Colgate, father, DB
James Conway, Fordham, So., LB
Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Gr., LB
Justin Fonteneaux, Georgetown, Gr., LB
Mac Hollensteiner, Georgetown, Gr., OL
Liam Anderson, St. Croix, 5th, LB
Jordan Fuller, St. Croix, So., RB
Peter Oliver, St. Croix, Sr., RB
Marco Olivas, Lafayette, Sr., LB
Jalen Burbage, Lehigh, Sr., WR

*An additional member was selected to the all-league academy team due to voting ties

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
The Patriots League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that the student-athlete can excel both academically and athletically without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved as its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is considered an important part of a well-rounded education.

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