ECAC Names Samson All-Star Kicker

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania sophomore Andrew Samson received yet another postseason honor on Thursday as an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star. Samson, who has already accumulated two All-America honors and first team All-Ivy accolades, was the lone kicker named to the 2008 ECAC All-Star team.

Samson’s 16 field goals in 2008 ranked third in the nation and broke the school record of 15, which was first set in 1988. The West Bloomfield, Mich., native was tops in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (84.2%) as he missed just three attempts all season.

Samson also led the Ivy League in PAT percentage as he continued his perfect stretch on point after attempts. With his 20-for-20 effort last season, he has now made 49 straight to start his career. It is the most consecutive makes in Penn history.

In addition to his athletic laurels, Samson also earned a spot on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team.

The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with 321 member institutions and over 122,000 student-athletes ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938 with 58 charter members, the ECAC has since emerged as the nationwide leader in service.

2008 ECAC Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-Stars

Player of the Year

Rodney Landers Sr. QB James Madison

Rookie of the Year

Jonathan Grimes Fr. RB William & Mary

Offense

Rodney Landers Sr. QB James Madison

David Sinsi Jr. RB Monmouth

Rashad Jennings Sr. RB Liberty

Mike Boyle Sr. WR New Hampshire

Bobby Sewall Jr. WR Brown

Scott Sicko Jr. TE New Hampshire

Nick Hennessey Sr. OL Colgate

Jon Leible Sr. OL Albany

Raphael Nguti Sr. OL Albany

Scott Lemn Sr. OL James Madison

Shane Kelley Sr. OL Brown

Defense

Jovan Belcher Sr. DL Maine

Greg Miller Sr. DL Villanova

Adrian Tracy Jr. DL William & Mary

Matt Curtis Sr. DL Harvard

Andy Romans Sr. LB Lafayette

Bobby Abare Sr. LB Yale

Josh Jennings Jr. LB Massachusetts

Andrew Berry Sr. DB Harvard

Dave Casale Jr. DB Albany

Courtney Robinson Sr. DB Massachusetts

Marcus Haywood Sr. DB James Madison

Special Teams

Andrew Samson So. K Pennsylvania

Brett Arnold Sr. P Massachusetts

Scotty McGee Jr. RS James Madison