Offensive Player of the Year: Domenic Cozier, RB, Holy Cross
Domenic Cozier, Holy Cross, Sr., RB, Milford, Mass./Milton Academy
*Cozier, a two-time All-League selection, led the Patriot League and finished 20th in the FCS in rushing (95.5 ypg), while placing 13th in the nation in yards per carry (6.3) to lead Holy Cross to its first Patriot League Championship since 2009.
*In six League games, Cozier averaged 135.2 rushing yards per game and 7.3 yards per carry while capturing offensive player of the week honors in three of the last four weeks of the season.
*The STATS FCS Walter Payton Award candidate became the fifth Holy Cross running back, and first since 1991, to eclipse 1,000 yards (1,050), while adding seven touchdowns, including four in League play.
Defensive Player of the Year: Malik Hamm, DE, Lafayette
Malik Hamm, Lafayette, So., DL, Baltimore, Md./City College
*Hamm finished the season with 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss (TFL) of 55 yards, 8.0 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and three pass breakups to lead Lafayette to a second-place finish.
*The 2018 Patriot League Rookie of the Year recorded at least 1.0 sack in each of his final seven games of the season, finishing with 7.5 TFLs and 7.0 sacks in League play.
*Hamm has recorded at least 1.0 sack in 10 of the 12 League games played during his two-year career at Lafayette and is 10th among all active FCS players averaging 0.72 sacks per game during his career.
Rookie of the Year: Keegan Shoemaker, QB, Lafayette
Keegan Shoemaker, Lafayette, Fr., QB, Prosper, Texas/Prosper
*Shoemaker led the Patriot League in total offense (241.1 ypg), while finishing second in passing yards (212.1 ypg) and touchdown passes (14) with a pass efficiency of 124.4 to lead Lafayette to a second-place finish
*The three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and four-time Rookie of the Week eclipsed 300 passing yards twice and posted five games with two or more touchdown passes.
*Shoemaker received STATS FCS National Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 14 after throwing for 391 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 124 yards and two more scores against Sacred Heart.
Dick Biddle Coach of the Year: Bob Chesney, Holy Cross
*Chesney led Holy Cross to the program’s seventh Patriot League title and first since 2009 with a 7-5 overall record and 5-1 record in League play.
*The Crusaders sit atop the Patriot League in scoring offense (28.2), scoring defense (15.2), total offense (409.0), rush offense (189.0) and rush defense (79.5) in League play.
*Chesney has posted a winning conference record in each of his 10 seasons as a collegiate head coach, while going 9-3 in two seasons in the Patriot League.
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