Why did we pick Seamus Kelly to be the CRC MVP over, say, Danny Barrett?
Well, Danny Barrett played really, really well for Cal in their championship run. But Barrett also got a lot of notice because he scored tries. Tries are good. Last we checked it was how you score points most of the time, but there are tries where you make something out of nothing, and there are tries when somebody else does the creating for you.
Barrett, while playing very well, was set up by his teammates, and the teammate who set him up - with a pass or a key play in the ruck or a tackle - was Kelly.
Kelly was phenomenal on defense all weekend, wrestling the ball out of players' hands and making life miserable for anyone he came into contact with. Seamus Kelly passed players into space, won rucks, and made smart decisions. And he scored a few tries, too.
Barrett and Kelly headline our All-CRC team that also includes Life's Joe Cowley, who certainly was in the MVP conversation after obliterating the CRC scoring record with 81 points in one tournament.
RUGBYMag.com has selected 14 players on our All-CRC team. They are heavy with players on teams that won, but not necessarily. Some teams, like Penn State, were successful because of their overall team play. They had several good players, which is why they won their pool.
We also give a nod to Northeastern's Dimitri Efthimiou, who was a USA prospect when only 19 and did superbly to help carry the Huskies to the bowl.
Our All-CRC Team.
RUGBYMag.com All-CRC Team
Seamus Kelly, Cal - MVP
Tim Acker, Kutztown
Jake Anderson, Cal
Danny Barrett, Cal
Colton Cariaga, Life
Joe Cowley, Life
Cam Dolan, Life
Dimitri Efthimiou, Northeastern
Madison Hughes, Dartmouth
Jack McAuliffe, Navy
Grant Penney, UCLA
Seb Sharpe, UCLA
Glenn Thommes, Delaware
Brett Thompson, Arizona
Among the players who did not get a nod, but could have, were Russell Webb of Cal, Jimmy Kowalski of Delaware, Jack Arnold of Arizona, Blaze Feury of Penn State, Nick Robinson of Notre Dame, Martial Chaput of UCLA, Kevin Clark of Dartmouth, Dom DeFalco of Penn State, Gareth Lourens of Kutztown, Ron Helms of Navy, Nick Hancock of Navy, Glen Maricelli of Life, and Steve Sanchez of Delaware.