BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Two weeks after both players were named to the Capital One Academic All-District II football teams for the second straight year, Lehigh seniors Zach Barket and Ryan Spadola were named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, announced Monday. Both Mountain Hawk offensive standouts were selected to the team for the second consecutive season.
To be eligible for the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. The football Academic All-Patriot League Team has 14 student-athletes to equal one-half the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team.
Barket makes his second consecutive appearance on the Academic All-Patriot League team. Lehigh’s leading rusher in each of the last two seasons, Barket rushed for 525 yards on 139 carries in 2012 and scored five touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 18 passes for 110 yards. Barket’s best game this season was a 123-yard effort in Lehigh’s 17-14 win at Georgetown on October 13. The Schuylkill Haven, Pa. native enjoyed a career year in 2011, earning first team All-Patriot League honors after rushing for 706 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 33 passes for 329 yards and five scores.
An accounting major, Barket carries a 3.46 grade point average and has made multiple appearances on the Dean’s List and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. In addition to his Academic All-District and All-League honors, Barket was named a FCS ADA Academic All-Star in 2011.
A three-time first team All-Patriot League selection for his athletic performance, Spadola was honored for the second straight year for his classroom work as well. Spadola completed one of the finest careers for a wide receiver in school annals, falling just short of the Lehigh career records for receptions and receiving yards. He led the Mountain Hawks in receiving in 2012, catching 57 passes for 851 yards and four touchdowns and finishes his career with 232 receptions for 3,611 yards and 24 touchdowns.
A member of the Dean’s List and the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Spadola carries a 3.31 grade point average majoring in supply chain management.
Lehigh senior wide receiver Chris Looney was voted the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football, as voted by the league’s sports information directors.
The Mountain Hawks finished the 2012 season at 10-1 for their third consecutive 10-win season. Lehigh had a league-leading 11 players named to the All-Patriot League teams announced Tuesday morning.