Feb. 7, 2013
Hoya Notes - From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
Happy New Year to everyone and I hope the start of 2013 has been a good one. There has been a lot of activity around McDonough with the football program since my last letter.
This weekend we will honor Chris Murphy, who will be inducted into the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame. Murphy was an All-American wide receiver at Georgetown during the early 90's. Chris was the President of the Gridiron Club when I first started at Georgetown and was very helpful. Congratulations to Chris and I am looking forward to seeing all of the Hoya alums who will be on campus this week.
Congratulations are in order for Robert McCabe. Since the last note, he has received All-America honors and became the second consecutive Hoya to earn ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, following Andrew Schaetzke. A few weeks ago, Rob made some headway with NFL scouts with a great week of practices and solid performance in the East-West Shrine Game.
I also wanted to wish a speedy recovery to our offensive line coach Brian Miller. Many of you might not know that Brian recently had open heart surgery and is recovering at home with his family. I know he's been a stir crazy to get back to it. He will be starting back with us part-time next week and hopes to be back for spring practice when we start on March 19.
Right now, our student-athletes are in the midst of our winter training program with Coach Johnson. We are improving our strength, conditioning and agility in preparation for spring ball in March. The coaching staff has also been very busy. Our coaching staff is wrapping up the recruiting process and will begin quality control by next week.
Recruiting has been more challenging than it has in previous years with our colleagues in the Patriot League now able to give 15 full scholarships, while we are still in our need-based model. What this means is that our Patriot League colleagues will be able to announce their classes on National Signing Day, while we must wait, per NCAA rules, until after May 1 when all deposits are in. However, I'm very excited about the 22 talented student-athletes that will be joining us for 2013. We expect them to complement our experience-laden roster.
We will only be able to carry 95 student-athletes during the preseason and in-season due to the new mandatory Patriot League roster limits. With over 70 players on campus already, we are not able to take as many incoming freshmen as we have in previous years, but with eight returning starters on offense and eight returning starters on defense, along with our punter and kicker coming back, we are very optimistic and fully expect to be competing for a Patriot League Championship and a spot in the FCS Playoffs in 2013.
Win the Day!
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