EASTON, Pa. –
Head coach John Garrett
and members of the Lafayette football program gathered in Marquis Hall on Sunday to cap the season with the annual football banquet.
Senior C.J. Amill
took home the biggest prize of the afternoon, earning the Hugh L. "Stoney" Jones '27 Award given annually since 1971 to the team's most valuable player. Amill led the team in rushing and earned All-Patriot League First-Team status at return specialist and second-team honors at running back.
Fellow senior captain Kevin Zataveski
was named the offensive team MVP. The All-Patriot League Second-Team selection at center anchored a line which led the Patriot League in fewest sacks allowed and fewest tackles for loss allowed. The team doubled its average rushing yards per game total when he was in the lineup compared to the opening three games of the season when he was recovering from injury.
On the defensive side of things, senior captain and four-year starter Jerry Powe
secured MVP honors. He finished second on the team in tackles while earning All-Patriot League First-Team honors.
The special teams MVP went to sophomore kick returner J.J. Younger
who led the team with 28.4 yards per kick return and finished ranked 10th
at Lafayette for kick return yards in a season with 512.
Sophomore Quinn Revere
was singled out as the team's most improved player. He made 38 catches for 336 yards and two touchdowns while starting 10 games.
The Scout Team Awards went to senior linebacker Jacob Rose
on defense and junior running back Antonio Brewer
for their aid in preparing the team for each week's opponent.
The Leopard Awards were doled out to seniors Will Eisler
and Trent Crossan
. Eisler earned All-Patriot League First-Team honors at fullback for the second straight season while Crossan, a team captain, was the starting free safety in 18 games over his final two seasons.
Senior LB Michael Root
was recognized with the George McGaughey Award given annually to a player from both teams in the Lafayette-Bucknell game. He had a game-high nine tackles and helped the defense hold the Bison to minus-two rushing yards in the game.
Fellow senior Logan Grieser
took home the Dave Nelson '06 Award of Valor presented to a player who displays an "exceptional amount of heart and courage" as Grieser did during the 2018 season while battling injury.
While the coaching staff continues its recruiting operations, the team will open spring practice in March to begin Garrett's third season on College Hill.