(Stats Perform) - Offensive coordinators across the Patriot League can marvel at the top-notch defensive players returning this season.
They stretch from the last three league defensive players of the year in linebackers Jacob Dobbs (2021) of Holy Cross and Ryan Greenhagen (2020) of Fordham and Lafayette defensive end Malik Hamm (2019) to linebackers James Conway of Fordham and Marco Olivas of Lafayette - those two ranked No. 2 and 7, respectively, in the FCS in tackles per game last season - to Holy Cross safety John Smith, the subdivision's active leader in interceptions.
One group of players who may not flinch over it are the Patriot League quarterbacks. They're not just cool, calm and collected, they're an experienced group as six of the seven teams are returning their main starter for the 2022 season.