Two members of the Hobart College football team were named to the 2020 College Football America Yearbook NCAA Division III Preseason Starting Lineup. The publication’s equivalent of a preseason All-America team recognized 27 student-athletes from across the nation, 11 on offense, 11 on defense and five special teams players.
Senior linebacker Emmett Forde earned a spot on the defense and sophomore Rayshawn Boswell was the starting lineup’s kick returner. Hobart is one of five teams with more than one player on the team. Defending national champion North Central has four, while Mary Hardin-Baylor, St. John’s (Minn.) and UW-Whitewater also have two.
Hobart’s leading tackler in 2019, Forde rang up 81 stops as a junior. He was 16th in the nation with 21 tackles for loss and led the team with seven sacks. A starter in all 11 games last season, Forde produced eight tackles and two interceptions in the season-opening win over Brockport. He posted a season-high 12 tackles in a game twice, first in the Homecoming win over Montclair State and again two weeks later in the Liberty League win over Rensselaer. He also had a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss against the Engineers.
In 30 career games, Forde has 139 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, five pass breakups, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. The 2019 Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year was named to the AFCA and D3football.com All-America first teams and the AP All-America second team.
College Football America Yearbook is the second preseason publication to honor Forde. He was named to Street & Smith’s preseason All-America team last month.
Boswell led the nation in kickoff return average and kickoff return touchdowns as a first-year. He averaged 36.9 yards per kick return, 5.5 yards more than any other player in the nation. Boswell scored on a 98-yard return in the win at Rochester, breaking the Hobart record for longest kick return. A week later, he broke off a 95-yard touchdown return in the New York State Bowl win over Cortland.
A threat in the rushing and passing game as well, Boswell was second on the team in rushing yards (315) and fourth in receiving yards (198). He logged a season-high 93 yards on the ground, scoring on an 80-yard run, in the win over St. Lawrence. Boswell posted a season-high 95 receiving yards on just two catches at Cortland.
The 2019 Liberty League Rookie of the Year, Boswell was the D3football.com All-East third team return specialist.
Hobart was 9-2 last season, winning the New York State Bowl 30-10 at Cortland. After graduating 12 seniors, the Statesmen will return 13 starters, seven on defense and six on offense, as well as several key special teams contributor.