Nov. 24, 2015
WASHINGTON - Senior linebacker Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) was named First Team All-Patriot League, while six Hoyas were named to the second team when the league office announced its postseason awards on Tuesday morning.
The seven All-Patriot League selections is tied for the most in program history with 2011. Georgetown had six selections in 2014 and 2012. Senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside [N.C.]) and senior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) both made their second appearances on the all-league team. Senior right tackle Kevin Liddy (Garden City, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour), junior tight end Matt Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.Y./Saint Joseph Regional) and junior placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) all earned a spot on the postseason team for the first time.
"I am very happy for our seven student-athletes who have been recognized among the best players in the Patriot League," Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said. "With seven selections, this group is tied for the most selections from our program since joining the Patriot League. Seniors Matt Satchell and Ettian Scott have been long time leaders of our defense. Matt finished third in tackles in the league. One of the best cover corners in all of FCS, Scott lead the country in passes defended with 19. Senior captain Kevin Liddy anchored our offensive line. No. 35 Jo'el Kimpela led our rushing attack with over 600 yards on the ground. Justin Hill proved to be a big play threat at wide receiver every time his touched the ball, finishing with six touchdowns. Matt Buckman showed his versatility at tight end, excelling as a receiver and as a blocker and had four touchdowns. All seven of these Hoyas have been impact players for our program and I am very proud of their accomplishments this season."
Satchell finished third in the PL in total tackles with 100 and became the 12th different Hoya to reach the 100-tackle mark. He also finished seventh in the Patriot League and led the team with 10.5 tackles for loss of 35 yards. Satchell's two forced fumbles are also tied for fourth in the PL. He was a two-time weekly honoree, earning Defensive Player of the Week after an 18-tackle, 3.5 tackle for loss, and 1.5 sack performance at Bucknell. He was also named a weekly honorable mention after GU's win over Columbia.
"It's an absolute honor to be named to this team," Satchell said. "I want to thank the coaches and my teammates because none of this would be possible without our performance as a group. It was an amazing experience playing with and for them and it will be missed. It's great to know that my performance from this year stood out enough to be selected to this group and congratulations to all the other players that were selected."
The Hoyas had six players named to the second team, including Scott, who led the Patriot League and the FCS in passes defended with 19. Scott intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown in the season opener at Saint Francis (Pa.). He also broke up 17 passes this season. Scott also had 47 tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss. Scott earns consecutive second team honors. He was a preseason All-Patriot League selection.
Kimpela earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors for the second-consecutive season. Kimpela, a captain and the No. 35 Joe Eacobacci Memorial Jersey honoree, rushed for 643 yards on 132 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, third among PL running backs. He rushed for two touchdowns and added 20 receptions for 129 yards despite missing the last two games due to injury.
Liddy receives his first Patriot League postseason honor, after starting the last 24 games of his career, dating back to his sophomore season. Liddy brought leadership and stability to a young offensive line unit that helped Georgetown's offense improve by seven points per game this season.
Hill was fourth among Patriot League receivers in touchdowns with six. He finished with 636 receiving yards on 46 receptions for an average of 13.8 yards per catch, good for third in the league. Hill earned his first individual Patriot League honor.
Buckman finished third on the team with 32 receptions for 251 yards and four touchdowns despite missing two games. It was the first individual Patriot League honor for Buckman.
Junior placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) rounds out the list of second teamers, after tying for the league lead with nine field goals. He was second in field goal percentage, connecting on 9-of-13 (69.2 percent), with a long of 46 yards. Darmstadter also connected on 27-of-27 extra points, helping him finish ninth in the league in scoring (4.9 points/game).