(Hamilton, NY – July 2012) The Colgate football team was slated to finish third in the Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors as it was announced at the annual football media day at the Green Pond Country Club.
Head coach Dick Biddle, who enters his 17th year, was joined by junior quarterback Gavin McCarney and sophomore fullback Ed Pavalko at media day.
Colgate will be led by the preseason All-Patriot League quarterback, as McCarney looks to build on a 2011 season where he recorded 2,399 yards of total offense and 20 total touchdowns. Offensive linemen Ryan Risch and Andrew Scarmado joined their quarterback as preseason All-League picks.
Lehigh earned the top spot by receiving 11 first-place votes and accumulating 60 points in preseason poll voting by football head coaches and sports information directors, who did not include their own school in the selections. Holy Cross followed the Mountain Hawks with 46 points and a first-place vote, while Colgate (36), Georgetown (33/two first-place votes), Lafayette (32) and Bucknell (15) completed the preseason poll order.
Fordham was not included in the poll because it will not be able to compete for the Patriot League championship and NCAA automatic bid in 2012, and its games against League members will not count towards the final standings for either team.
The Patriot League football season kicks off on Aug. 30 when Holy Cross welcomes New Hampshire and Fordham plays host to Lock Haven. Two days later, Lehigh opens the season at home against Monmouth while Colgate visits Albany and Georgetown pays a visit to Davidson. Lafayette heads to William & Mary and Bucknell visits Marist in season openers on Sept. 8, with the Leopards and Bison squaring off in the Patriot League opener in Lewisburg on Sept. 22 at noon on CBS Sports Network. The Patriot League champion earns the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
Patriot League Preseason Poll
1. Lehigh (11 first-place votes) 60
2. Holy Cross (1) 46
3. Colgate 36
4. Georgetown (2) 33
5. Lafayette 32
6. Bucknell 15