Each of Georgetown's All-America recipients in the Division I-AA era have played on defense.
1. John Gilroy (1896-1952)
Running Back/Place Kicker
1st team, 1916
Named to the prestigious Walter Camp All-America team his junior season, Johnny (The Great) Gilroy led the nation in rushing and punt returns, scored 20 touchdowns in 1916, threw for 10 more, and once scored six touchdowns and 11 PAT's in a single game. He was drafted by Jim Thorpe to play for his first NFL team in 1920. John Gilroy was posthumously elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953.
2. Harry Connaughton (1905-1969)
1st team (Consensus), 1926
A giant among college players in the 1920's, the 6-4, 250 lb. Connaughton anchored the line for two Georgetown's finest teams, going a combined 16-3-1 in 1925 and 1926 with wins over Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Fordham. Harry Connaughton was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953.
3. Claude Grigsby (1903-1965)
Honorable Mention, 1927
Grigsby was the star player on both sides of the line in a Georgetown offensive line that scored 377 points and a defense that allowed only 21 points all season in 1927, including just a single touchdown en route to a 8-1 season.
Claude Grigsby was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953.
4. Jim Mooney (1907-1944)
2nd team, 1928, Honorable Mention 1929
Georgetown's greatest kicker, Mooney was selected to the Associated Press 2nd team for his work as a tackle, but it was his punting that won over the sportswriters, including a notable game at NYU where his 55 yard punt in the final seconds preserved a 7-2 Georgetown victory before 50,000 at Yankee Stadium. Killed in action during World War II, Jim Mooney was posthumously elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953.
5. Maurice Dubofsky (1909-1970)
Honorable Mention, 1931
Despite a 4-5-1 season with losses to Michigan State and Boston College, Georgetown was awarded an honorable mention award for senior "Mush" Dubofsky, who anchored a Georgetown defensive line under the tutelage of assistant coach Frank Leahy that held opponents to under nine points a game. Maurice Dubofsky was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953.
6. Charles (Chubby) Parcells (1913-1983)
Honorable Mention, 1934
A star quarterback from Hackensack, NJ, HS, Charley Parcells platooned at quarterback and defensive back for three seasons, with equal abilities as a sweep runner and punt returner, scoring five of the Hoyas' nine touchdowns in 1934. Parcells' defensive efforts in a 9-0 win over Manhattan before 25,000 at Ebbets Field and a scoreless tie with highly ranked NYU at Yankee Stadium led to his name added as an honorable mention selection in 1934 among Eastern sportswriters. Chubby was the father of legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells.
7. Agostino (Augie) Lio (1918-1989)
Offensive/Defensive Guard, Place Kicker
2nd Team, 1940
Lio was one of Georgetown's leaders in all phases of the game, playing offense, defense, and special teams in Georgetown's greatest era, with a record 25-2-1 in his three years on the team including the 1941 Orange Bowl berth. Augie Lio was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
8. Al Blozis (1919-1945)
Honorable Mention, 1941
Georgetown's greatest athlete, the two-sport All-American was a dominating force on Georgetown offensive lines from 1939-41. The NFL Rookie of the Year in 1942 and two time All-Pro before his tragic death in 1945,
Al Blozis was posthumously elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
9. Richard Werder (1922-2002)
Honorable Mention, 1942, 1947
Known as the "Bus", Werder starred for the Hoyas in a war-interrupted college career, earning two honorable mention honors for his work in the Georgetown line.
10. Billy Conn (1930-?)
Honorable Mention, 1949
Georgetown's run to the 1950 Sun Bowl was paved on the fleet running of Conn, who was a team leader in rushing over two seasons before transferring to Auburn.
11. John Dwyer (1949- )
1st team, club level, 1969
Georgetown's most prolific runner in the club era, John Dwyer rushed for 25 TD's in a 20 game career and graduated holding numerous school rushing records. John Dwyer was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
12. Bob Hussey (1949- )
1st team, club level, 1969
A four year starter throughout his career, Hussey was the only defensive player in the club era to earn first team All-America honors. His nine fumbles recovered over a career remains the school record, 44 years later.
13. John Sutton (1948- )
AB 1970 MD 1974
1st team, club level, 1969
Moved to tackle from wide receiver after the 1968 season, Sutton was one of four Georgetown players honored by the National Club Football Association (NCFA) in GU's last season as a club program.
14. Vince Bogdanski (1950- )
Honorable Mention, 1969 (Club level)
An NCFA All-American following his 19.8 yards per catch average in 1969, Bogdanski's career mark of 18.2 yards per catch still ranks third all time in school history. Vince Bogdanski was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
15. Bob Morris (1949- )
1st Team (consensus), 1973, 1974
One of Georgetown's greatest defensive players, Morris anchored a Georgetown line that helped the Hoyas finish 10th in the balloting for the Lambert Bowl in 1974. Bob Morris was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
16. Jim Corcoran (1960- )
Defensive Back/Place Kicker
1st Team, 1980, 1981
A three sport athlete, Corcoran holds the Georgetown interception record (23) and third all time in field goal kicking. Jim Corcoran was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
17. Andy Phelan (1965- )
AB 1987 JD 1990
Honorable Mention, 1986
A two time team captain, Phelan was named an honorable mention selection following his senior season in 1986, where Georgetown won four of its last five to end the season at .500. Phelan was selected as an academic All-American that season as well.
18. Jim Schwartz (1966- )
Honorable Mention, 1987
Schwartz's tackling and leadership earned him honorable mention on the Pizza Hut Division III awards list his junior season, helping the Hoyas to a 14-2-1 mark over his final two seasons.
19. Dean Lowry (1967- )
Honorable Mention, 1988
Ranked 10th in the nation in rushing average, Lowry earned All-America honors from Pizza Hut his junior season, as the Hoyas won six of eight games that season. Dean Lowry was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
20. Chris Murphy (1971- )
1st Team (consensus), 1991
Murphy's 1,034 yards in 1991 nearly doubled the previous mark by a Hoya receiver, and he graduated holding nearly every Georgetown receiving record to date, currently ranking 1st in receptions, 2nd in yardage and touchdowns. Chris Murphy was elected to the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
21. Jim Gallagher (1978- )
3rd Team, 1999
The 1999 MAAC conference player of the year, Gallagher anchored a Georgetown defense that ranked 4th in the nation in pass defense and 7th in pass efficiency. Gallagher was selected as an academic All-American that season as well.
22. Michael Ononibaku (1984- )
2nd Team, 2005
A two time first team all-Patriot League selection, Ononibaku ranked among the top 25 nationally in sacks and tackles for loss, finishing his Georgetown career second all time in sacks and sixth in tackles. He received the 2006 Robert A. Duffey Award as the school's outstanding student-athlete, the only athletic All-America selection to date so honored.
23. Andrew Schaetzke (1990- )
1st Team, 2011 (AFCA, Walter Camp), 2nd Team (AP)
A two time first team all-Patriot League selection and the 2011 Patriot League defensive player of the year, Schaetzke led the league and was ranked among the top 10 nationally in sacks and tackles for loss. Led by Schaetzke, the 2011 Hoyas finished 11th nationally in rushing defense and 14th in scoring defense. Finished fourth nationally for the Buck Buchanan Award (outstanding defensive player).
24. Robert McCabe (1991- )
1st Team (consensus), 2012
A two time first team all-Patriot League selection and the 2012 Patriot League defensive player of the year, McCabe led the nation in tackles in 2012.
25. Alec May (1993- )
2nd Team, 2014
A first team all-Patriot League selection, May led the nation in sacks in 2014 and set a new Georgetown season record in the process.
|Gerry O'Dowd '72||RB||1st Team, 1971|
|James Chesley, Jr. '75||DB||NCAA Postgraduate Scholar, 1974|
|Andy Phelan '87||OG||1st Team, 1986|
|Thomas Reiter '87||OT||2nd Team, 1986|
|Steve Iorio '98||RB||2nd Team, 1996|
1st team (At-Large), 1997
NCAA Postgraduate Scholar, 1997
|Jim Gallagher '00||DB||2nd Team, 1999|