Four members of the Hobart College football team recently were named to the 2019 D3football.com All-East teams. Junior linebacker Emmett Forde led the quartet, garnering first team recognition. Junior offensive guard Dillon Carey and junior cornerback Jared Leake earned a spot on the second team and first-year Rayshawn Boswell was the third team return specialist.
An AFCA All-American and the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year, Forde led the Statesmen with 81 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also logged a pair of interceptions and blocked a punt. Forde is 16th in the nation in tackles for loss per game (1.9). He shared the league lead in forced fumbles per game and fumbles recovered.
Forde started all 11 games this season. He posted a season-high 12 tackles in the win over Montclair State and matched that total in the win over Rensselaer. Forde logged eight tackles and a pair of interceptions in the season-opening win over nationally-ranked Brockport.
In 30 career games, Forde has 139 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
This is the 19th time a Hobart player has been elected to the D3football.com All-East first team and the first since Brandon Shed ’18 and Rio Schmidt ’18 in 2016.
Carey started all eight games he played in this season, seeing time at both guard and tackle as injuries impacted Hobart’s lineup. He helped the Statesmen rush for 121.1 yards per game and pass for 224.6 yards per game. Carey did not allow a sack this season. He helped Hobart pass for a season-high 380 yards in the win over Rowan and cleared the way for a season-high 315 yards rushing in the win over St. Lawrence.
A two-year starter, Carey is a two-time All-Liberty League pick, earning first team honors this year after a second team nod last year.
Leake started all 11 games this season, producing 55 tackles, six pass breakups, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. The first team All-Liberty League selection made a season-high 10 tackles and an interception in the win at Morrisville State. Leake made five solo tackles and notched a pair of interceptions against Montclair State.
A second team all-conference selection last year, Leake has played in 28 career games, making 96 tackles, 15 pass breakups, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Boswell was an explosive kick returner and running back this season. He leads the nation in kickoff return average at 36.9 yards per return, 5.5 yards per return more than any other player in the country. Boswell shattered the Statesmen record for kickoff return average in a season by more than 8 yards. He broke the Hobart record for longest kickoff return with a 98-yard touchdown in the win at Rochester. The following week, Boswell posted a 95-yard return for a touchdown in the New York State Bowl win at Cortland becoming the first Statesman with two kick returns for a touchdown in a season since 1996. For the year, he was responsible for five of Hobart’s 15 plays that covered more than 50 yards. As a team, Hobart was fifth in the nation in kickoff return average (25.83 yds/ret).
Boswell had an 80-yard touchdown run against St. Lawrence, which is tied for the seventh longest run from scrimmage in Hobart history. He ran for 315 yards and four touchdowns on the year, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Boswell was tied for the team lead with six total touchdowns and was tied for second on the team with 36 points.
Boswell was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Liberty League selection.
Hobart was 9-2 overall this season, the program’s best record since 2016. The Statesmen were 4-2 in Liberty League play, tying for second place in the standings. Hobart ranked second in the Liberty League in scoring defense (17.4 ppg), total defense (328.5 yds/g) and passing defense (221.2 yds/g). The ball-hawking Statesmen are seventh in the nation in turnovers gained with 30 (13 fumbles recovered, 17 interceptions).
Since the first D3football.com All-Region Teams were announced in 2005, Hobart has had 55 All-East selections.