Pitsenberger named Rookie of the Year; four others honored

WASHINGTON – Freshman Mike Pitsenberger has been named the 2010 ODAC Football Rookie of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.  In addition, the Cardinals had four other players honored by the league with seniors Rich Brennan and Christian Pavik named second-team All-Conference and sophomores Alonzo Cooke and Alex King receiving honorable mention All-Conference accolades.

Mike Pitsenberger had a terrific first season for the Cardinals, leading the team and ranking fourth in the conference in rushing with 901 yards.  The Maryland native averaged over 100 yards per game, posting three games in which he topped the century mark, including a season-best 186 vs. Hampden-Sydney.  The first-year standout also led the ODAC in carries with 210.

Pitsenberger also caught 25 passes out of the backfield for 198 yards and two scores.  He totaled eight touchdowns on the year and gained 1,099 all-purpose yards, which led CUA.

Rich Brennan earns his third consecutive all-league honor after starting every game along the offensive line for CUA.  The ever-steady blocker helped pave the way for a Cardinals offense that averaged 25.6 points, 116.6 rush yards and 224.2 pass yards per game, and topped the 400-yard mark in total offense on four occasions.

CUA's leading tackler this season, Christian Pavik had a great senior year for
the Cardinals.  His 71 total tackles ranked ninth best in the ODAC, while his two fumble recoveries were seventh best.  Pavik also registered 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.  The linebacker totaled two games of double-digit tackles, including a career-best 16 in the Cardinals season finale vs. Bridgewater.

One of the most explosive receivers in the entire ODAC, Alonzo Cooke had a breakout year for the CUA offense, totaling 47 receptions for 856 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He led the Cardinals in each category and ranked within the top-ten of the ODAC in each as well.  Cooke's 18.2 yards per reception average was among the nation's best and overall he registered two games with at least 200 yards receiving, including a season-best 211 in a win over Apprentice School.

Alex King was a disruptive force for the Cardinals all season along the defensive line. 
The sophomore recorded 24 total tackles, including 5.5 for loss, to go along with 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.  King totaled a season best five tackles, including 2.0 for loss, and a sack vs. Washington & Lee, and overall he had seven games with multiple tackles.