Three Hobart College football players were honored by the Liberty League for their roles in the Statesmen’s 21-16 win at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. Senior inside linebacker Justin Hager, senior running back Anthony Hobaica, and first-year cornerback Drake Woodard were tabbed the Offensive Performer, Defensive Performer, and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Hager broke the Hobart single game record for tackles with 21 stops against the Tartans. He shared the previous mark (19 with Jesse Truly ‘96) which Hager produced against CMU and Rochester last season. He was central to Hobart’s defensive success that limited CMU to 93 fewer yards and seven fewer points than Dickinson produced in Week 1.
Hager leads the conference in tackles, averaging 16 stops through the first two games. In fact, only two players in the League have more total tackles than Hager’s 32, and they’ve both played in one more game. In 30 career games, Hager has 186 tackles.
Hobaica rushed for a game-high 111 yards at Carnegie Mellon. He’s the first Statesman to gain 100-plus yards since Nov. 11, 2006 (118, Doug Blakowski ’07 at Rochester), while his 6.2 yards per carry average is the highest for a Statesman since Oct. 14, 2006 (7.6, Blakowski at Merchant Marine). Hobaica also caught two passes for 25 yards.
Hobaica is third in the conference in rushing, averaging 91.5 yards per game.
Woodard had three tackles, two interceptions and a pass break on Saturday. He ended consecutive Tartan drives in the second quarter with interceptions and broke up CMU’s pass on fourth and 2 from the Hobart 5 to foil the hosts’ final bid to tie the game.
Woodard is the only player in the conference with more than one interception this season. With seven games remaining, he’s already a third of the way to Hobart’s single season record (9 shared by Bill Palmer ’94 and Eric Newsome ’01).
The Statesmen (2-0) are back in action at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27, when they host Susquehanna (1-2) in the Liberty League opener for both teams. Hobart defeated the Crusaders last season 41-13 in Selinsgrove, Pa. The game will be televised on a tape-delay basis by Time Warner Sports Network at 7 p.m.