Brian Wickes, '81 (Football)
Brian Wickes did a little of everything on the gridiron at CUA and helped the program make a successful leap from the club level to NCAA Division III. A three-year starter at right tackle, he also played defensive tackle on goal line situations and was a part-time place kicker. As a 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior, he was the Cardinals’ biggest offensive lineman. His coach, CUA Hall of Famer Joe Pascale, thinks highly of the man who anchored his offensive line.
“Without reservation, I consider Brian one of the best offensive linemen to play for me during my 36 years as a college coach,” Pascale said. “We have very little statistics on offensive linemen. However, our success during his years playing at CUA is directly related to his play and leadership on offense.”
Wickes’ run and pass blocking helped the Cardinals post a four-year record of 24-13, including a 7-3 slate in 1978. In the 1980 season opener – a 3-0 victory over Washington & Jefferson – he accounted for the only points with a 25-year field goal. Later that season, in a 28-6 win over Niagara, he helped the Cards rush for 180 yards.
Quarterback Steve Stanislav and wide receiver Mike Stotz – both CUA Hall of Famers – were the principal beneficiaries of his pass protection ability. Stanislav in 1980 averaged 209.5 yards passing a game, while Stotz hauled in 42 passes for a 19.6-yard average. In Wickes’ career finale, he helped Stanislav throw for a then school-record 465 yards in a 31-15 victory over Bridgewater. The signal caller also became the first Cardinal to pass for more than 5,000 career yards.
Wickes, a member of the first Cardinal recruiting class to play its entire career in Division III, helped the Cards make a successful D-III debut with a 27-22 win over nationally ranked Georgetown. CUA was 3-1 against the Hoyas, at the time the Cardinals’ biggest rival. The winner received the Steve Dean Memorial Trophy, and in Wickes’ final clash with Georgetown, the trophy remained with CUA following the Cards’ 33-8 victory. Stanislav ran for a touchdown in that game and was 16 of 21 for 202 yards and two TDs.
“Both Mike [Stotz] and I would say that Brian was one of the major reasons for our success and induction into the CUA Hall of Fame,” Stanislav said. “Brian exemplified the Catholic University athlete at that time – an outstanding football player and dedicated to his studies.”