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Top D1A Players of the Fall: The Forwards

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Top D1A Players of the Fall: The Forwards

Army, no surprise, has four forwards in the list. Photo Army Athletics.

We're coming on to some end-of-year awards and recognition, and today we unleash our impact players from D1A this past fall.

Now, this is of course a complex listing because there are many teams that used to be un D1A but are now NCR D1, and there are some teams that are both. We have decided to limit our listing here to players on teams not exclusively in NCR (so no St. Bonaventure players, for example).

There will be another list for those guys. We're trying to divide players based on distinct competitions, but it's difficult in that Penn State is listed under both, so, yes, it's complex.

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Our listing is based on recommendations, what we saw with our own eyes, video evidence, and the judgment of other observers. We are listing only players from teams that competed in a meaningful way in the fall. So even though they played some this fall, players from Life, Lindenwood, UCLA, Grand Canyon, Cal Poly, and Saint Mary's will have to wait until the spring. We do include Davenport because they seven games, against highly-regarded opponents (no warmups), and two of those were conference games. 

We have chosen 60 players, four for each jersey number, although we've been a little flexible with some players (for example we have five flyhalves in there). Here below, listed in alphabetical order in each position group, are our top D1A forwards of the fall:

Goff Rugby Report Top D1A Forwards Fall 2021—Front Row
Trevor Barrios Colorado
Tom Batterson Texas A&M
Leo Bell Ohio State
Jacob Caurdy Michigan State
Sean Flahive Oklahoma
Matt Meehan Army
John O'Toole Penn State
Joey Phipps Ohio State
Kaisa Saluone Utah Valley
Jaylin Steedman Davenport
Billy Tenney BYU
Larry Williams Army


Goff Rugby Report Top D1A Forwards Fall 2021—Lock
Michael Garafalo Air Force
Jacob LaFave Michigan State
Nate Lyons Illinois
Takunda Makiwa Davenport
Zach Marsh Indiana
Lucas Pattinson Army
Anthony Rigas Texas A&M
Connor Twigg Colorado State


Goff Rugby Report Top D1A Forwards Fall 2021—Back Row
Colin Brennan Navy
Calum Doyle Illinois
Ben Haugh Navy
Dan Hughes Indiana
Joe Kamara Colorado State
Adian King Penn State
Josef O'Brien Ohio State
Blake Richards-Smith Colorado
Joe Rusert-Cuddy Colorado State
Steve Rohde Army
Colin Turner Davenport
Nik Zolikov Ohio State