CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Former All-American defensive end Andrew Hollingsworth, '01 of Towson University was one of 26 former student-athletes named to the Patriot League's 25th Anniversary Football Team, which was announced on Monday.
Although Towson University competed in the Patriot League for only seven seasons, it was one of seven schools with representatives on the 25th Anniversary Team. Colgate led all schools with seven selections while Lehigh had six honorees. Bucknell, Fordham, Holy Cross and Lafayette each placed had three honorees while Towson had one.
A three-year starter for the Tigers, Hollingsworth was a first team All-Patriot League selection in 1999 and 2000. A native of Annandale, Va. and a graduate of Annandale High School, he finished his career as the Patriot League's all-time leader with 43 quarterback sacks. As a senior, he led NCAA Division I-AA with 18 sacks, establishing a Patriot League record and a Towson University mark.
A very good student who earned GTE District 2 All-Academic honors, he had 64 tackles and a team-leading ten sacks in his sophomore season. He was named as the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Week after making nine tackles with four sacks in a win over Drake.
As a junior in 1999, he made 48 tackles and had ten sacks, fourth in the Patriot League. A first team All-Patriot League honoree, he led the Tigers to a 7-4 overall record and a third place finish in the league.
Prior to his senior year, Hollingsworth was named as a pre-season All-American first team selection by The Sports Network and he was also honored as the Patriot League Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2000, the 6-2, 230-pound Hollingsworth had a dominant year. Despite missing the final two games of the season with a severely sprained ankle, he made 42 tackles and led the nation with 18 sacks. He had four sacks against Morgan State and there against Lehigh and Monmouth. He also recorded a safety in a win over Lafayette. By averaging 2.0 sacks per game, he set an NCAA FCS record for sacks per game.
Hollingsworth was selected as the Patriot League Player of the Year as well as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a consensus first team All-American selection.
He finished his career with 179 tackles and 43 sacks, which is still the Towson career record.
"I am very proud to have been selected to the Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team," says Hollingsworth, who resides in Ridge, N.Y. with his wife, Karen, and their two children. "There have been many great players in the League over the years, and to be considered among the best is truly a great honor.
"The time I spent playing football at Towson, and in the Patriot League, was a great time in my life," he added. "I have many great memories of those Saturdays in the fall, which undoubtedly would be even greater had we ever been able to beat Colgate or Lehigh. I would like to thank the Patriot League for including me on this Anniversary team, and again, I am honored to have been selected."
The Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team was voted on by each of the seven current football member schools, with each institution getting one vote and ineligible to select their own players. Players qualified for the ballot by earning three-time All-Patriot League status; a first, second or third-team All-America honor from the four major awarding organizations; or a Patriot League Player, Offensive Player or Defensive Player of the Year award. Schools were also permitted to include additional candidates that did not meet the automatic qualification criteria.
The Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team offense consists of Ryan Vena (Colgate, 1996-99) at quarterback, Kenny Gamble (Colgate, 1986-87) and Gordie Lockbaum (Holy Cross, 1986-87) at running back, Corey Hill (Colgate, 1995-98) and Javarus Dudley (Fordham, 2000-03) at wide receiver, Adam Bergen (Lehigh, 2001-04) at tight end, Will Rackley (Lehigh, 2007-10), Paul Clasby (Colgate, 1996-99), Luke George (Colgate, 1995-98), Nick Hennessey (Colgate, 2005-08) and Mariusz Misiec (Bucknell, 1994-97) on the offensive line, Jason McLaughlin (Lafayette, 1991-94) as the placekicker and A.J. Kizekai (Bucknell, 2006-09) as the all-purpose player.
On the defensive side of the ball, Nick Martucci (Lehigh, 1995-98), Corey Vincent (Holy Cross, 1988-91), Andrew Hollingsworth (Towson, 1997-00) and Hunter Adams (Bucknell, 1995-98) make up the defensive line, Greg Manusky (Colgate, 1986-87), Ian Eason (Lehigh, 1996-99), Andy Romans (Lafayette, 2005-08) and Matt Cohen (Lehigh, 2006-09) are the linebackers and Dave Murphy (Holy Cross, 1986-89), Tad Kornegay (Fordham, 2001-04), B.J. Gallis (Lafayette, 1993-96) and Abdul Byron (Lehigh, 1998-01) are in the defensive backfield. Barry Cantrell (Fordham, 1994-97) completes the squad as the punter.
Towson University competed in the Patriot League from 1997-2003. In 2004, the Tiger football program joined the Colonial Athletic Association. Towson will be starting its eighth season as members of the CAA this year.