Fordham Football Names 2012 Team Captains
Aug. 23, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. - Carlton Koonce, Michael Martin, Patrick McGee, Brendan Melanophy, Patrick Murray, Chris Watkins and Blake Wayne have been named 2012 Fordham University football team captains it was announced by head coach Joe Moorhead, who served as a captain for Fordham as a senior in 1995, as the Rams prepare for their season opener on Thursday night, August 30th, on Jack Coffey Field at 7:00 PM.
The seven captains are the most ever for a Fordham football squad, surpassing the six-captain team of 2008.
Koonce, a senior running back, moves back to the offensive backfield in 2012 after playing wide receiver last fall. In the spring, Koonce gained 77 yards on eleven carries with two touchdowns in the 2012 Spring Game while last fall, he appeared in all eleven games as a junior, starting eight. He tied for team lead with 38 catches and four receiving touchdowns, recording 309 receiving yards on the 38 catches (8.1 yards/reception). Koonce also rushed eleven times for 77 yards and two scores and his six total touchdowns led the squad.
In 2010, Koonce appeared in all eleven games for the Rams, after transferring from Hofstra, and he rushed 38 times for 148 yards (3.9 yards/carry) with two touchdowns.
Over his career, Martin has recorded 207 total tackles, 118 solo, including eleven for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also has five career pass deflections and two interceptions.
For his Fordham career, McGee has 35 total tackles, 21 solo, including six for loss and 3.4 sacks.
Over his career, Melanophy, who is a nominee for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, has made 125 total tackles, 88 solo, in 32 games, with one interception and five pass deflections.
In 2011, Murray punted 49 times for 2,160 yards, an average of 44.1 yards/punt, tops in the Patriot League and third best in the NCAA FCS. He landed 21 of his kicks inside the opponent's 20 this fall and had 16 of his 49 punts travel more than 50 yards, including a season-long 73-yarder. The 73 yard punt, which came at Rhode Island, tied his career-high and was the second longest punt in school history (the Fordham record is 85 yards by Len Eshmont in 1939). Murray also booted a 73-yard punt at Colgate in 2009.
Murray's 44.1 punting average was the fourth best single season average in Fordham history while his 41.4 career punting average is second on the school's all-time list and his 5,585 career punting yards in sixth.
In 2010, Watkins appeared in five games as a sophomore, starting four on the offensive line. He helped the offense average 176.0 rushing yards per game, second in the Patriot League and 31st in the NCAA FBS and the Fordham offense was also ranked second in overall offense in the Patriot League (383.5 yards/game).
As a sophomore in 2010, Wayne served as the starting quarterback, completing 145 of 241 passes (60.2%) for 1,614 yards and six touchdowns and he also rushed 109 times for 458 yards (4.2 yards/carry) with four scores, Wayne became the first quarterback in school history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game when he gained 108 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown (11 yards) at Holy Cross and he also completed 19 of 30 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns (six and seven yards) in the game.
The Rams open the 2012 season on Thursday, August 30th, when they host the Lock Haven Bald Eagles on Jack Coffey Field at 7:00 p.m. Fordham season and individual game tickets are now on sale. For information or to order click here or call the Ticket Office at 855-RAM-TIXS (855-716-8497) or (718) 817-4759.