Four members of the Hobart College football team were selected as 2008 ECAC Division III Northwest Football All-Stars. First-year cornerback Drake Woodard led the group, earning Rookie of the Year and All-Star honors. Senior offensive lineman Mike Condon senior defensive tackle Ryan Aruck , and senior linebacker Justin Hager joined Woodard on the All-Star team.
The Liberty League Rookie of the Year, Woodard collected seven interceptions and 42 tackles this fall. He finished second in the conference in picks, one shy of teammate Lance Boyington , and tied for 14th in the nation in interceptions per game (0.64). Woodard was a unanimous selection to the All-Liberty League first team, and was the only first-year to earn a place on the D3Football.com All-East first team.
A first-team All-Liberty League pick, Condon anchored an offensive line that led in the conference in sacks allowed (1.18/g). Condon and his fellow offensive linemen paved the way for the Statesmen offense to average 133.7 yards rushing and 183.1 passing this season. Condon wrapped his career having played in 33 contests.
Aruck and Hager became the seventh and eighth Statesmen to be honored as D3Football.com All-Americans. Hager was tabbed second team, while Aruck was named to the third team. Hager also collected the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year award, and both players were unanimous first-team all-league selections. They led a Statesmen defense that finished fourth in the nation in pass efficiency defense (88.52), and 18th in pass defense (147.09 yds/g).
Hager set a new program standard for tackles in a season, notching a league-best 134. He also holds the Hobart record for tackles in a game (21), and is the only Statesman to notch 20 or more stops in more than one game. Hager closed out his career with 288 tackles, ranking him second on Hobart’s all-time list. In 39 career games, he registered eight pass break ups, four forced fumbles, two interceptions, and two blocked kicks.
Aruck ranked third on the team and sixth in the Liberty League in tackles with 88. Ten of those were tackles for a loss, including 2.5 sacks. He picked up a season-high 12 stops in Hobart’s win at St. Lawrence, and recorded nine or more tackles in six games this year. Aruck finished his career sixth on Hobart’s all-time list with 286 tackles. He notched 26.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and three pass break ups in 43 career games.
Hobart tied the program record for wins in a season, posting a 9-2 mark this fall. The Statesmen captured their third consecutive Liberty League title, and the program’s seventh NCAA Tournament berth. Hobart advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs with a 33-15 win over Lycoming, before falling to eventual national champion Mount Union.