Lehigh Lands Portorreal, Snyder On Preseason All-League Team

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BETHLEHEM, PA. – Lehigh Football added two student-athletes to the preseason All-Patriot League team on Tuesday when the league announced its preseason and All-League teams poll. Senior wide receiver Jorge Portorreal and junior tight end Alex Snyder represent the Mountain Hawks in the 32-player roster.

The preseason All-Patriot League team, key awards and polls are voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Portorreal is a two-time All-Patriot League post-season winner, receiving the first-team award for its second year in 2018 before being called up to the second-team after the 2019 campaign. As a junior, Portorreal had 52 receptions for 575 yards, finished second in both categories with the Mountain Hawks, and added a touchdown catch of 42 yards at Villanova. He also served as one of Lehigh’s key kickoff and punt returner.

In 33 career games, Portorreal has 163 receptions for 2,098 yards and six touchdowns.

Snyder emerged as a weapon for the Mountain Hawks in his first season in 2019 when Lehigh’s close end began. He finished with 23 receptions for 355 yards. Snyder started all 11 games and finished fourth in the Mountain Hawks in both receptions and shipyards. His sophomore season was highlighted by a 128-yard four catch try at Fordham, which spawned the first 100-yard reception game for a close finish from Lehigh in 15 years.

For his career, Snyder has 25 catches for 36 yards.

The defending champion of the Patriot League, Holy Cross, leads the poll in the preseason with 45 points and five votes in first place. Lehigh finished fifth in the poll with 19 points. Colgate (36 points) took Fordham (35) second, while Lafayette was fourth with 28 points and Bucknell was sixth with 16 points.

The Patriot League Preseason Major Awards went to Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat (attacking player of the year) and Lafayette defender Malik Hamm (defensive player of the year).

The Mountain Hawks will open their regular season on Saturday March 13th with four games against Holy Cross at Goodman Stadium. The kick-off is scheduled for noon.

2021 Patriot League Spring Football Preseason Survey

1. Holy Cross (5 votes in first place), 45
2. Colgate (2), 36
3. Fordham (3), 35
4. Lafayette, Jan.
5. Lehigh, Jan.
6. Bucknell, Jan.

2021 Patriot League Spring Football Major Awards
Offensive player of the preseason of the year: Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Jr., QB
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Malik Hamm, Lafayette, Jr., DL

2021 Patriot League Spring Football preseason all-league team
BREACH (17) *

QB: Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Jr.
RB: Zach Davis, Fordham, Sr.
RB: Trey Sneed, Fordham, Sr.
RB: Selwyn Simpson, Lafayette, Sr.
WR: Brandon Sanders, Bucknell, Jr.
WR: Ayir Asante, Holy Cross, Sun.
WR: Jorge Portorreal, Lehigh, Sr.
TE: Alex Snyder, Lehigh, Jr.
H-BACK / FB: Zadok Scott, Lafayette, Jr.
OL: PJ Barr, Bucknell, Sr.
OL: Jack Badovinac, Colgate, Sr.
OL: Phil Saleh, Fordham, Jr.
OL: Nick Zakelj, Fordham, Sr.
OL: Brian Foley, Holy Cross, Jr.
PK: Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Jr. *
PK: Jeffrey Kordenbrock, Lafayette, Sr. *
Return Specialist: Will Gruber, Colgate, Jr.

DEFENSE (15) *

DL: Nnamdi Unachukwu, Bucknell, Sr.
DL: Coleman Coco, Colgate, Jr.
DL: John Coste, Fordham, Sr.
DL: Benton Whitley, Holy Cross, Sr.
DL: Malik Hamm, Lafayette, Jr.
LB: Simeon Page, Bucknell, Sr.
LB: Glenn Cunningham, Fordham, Sr.
LB: Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Jr.
LB: Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Sun.,
DB: Gavin Pringle, Bucknell, Sun.
DB: Collin Heard, Colgate, Jr.
DB: Jesse Bramble, Fordham, Sr.
DB: Joe Lang, Holy Cross, Sr.
P: Jeffrey Kordenbrock, Lafayette, Sr.
Non-specialist specialty players: Billy Shaeffer, Lafayette, Jr.

* Additional running back, placekicker and defensive lineman selected due to differences in votes.

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