April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team finished its final spring practice early on Friday morning in preparation for the annual Spring Game on Saturday evening on Multi-Sport Field. The Spring Game, which follows the Hoyas' postseason awards banquet, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Hoyas concluded its first spring under new Head Coach Rob Sgarlata, who along with Defensive Coordinator Luke Thompson and Offensive Coordinator Michael Neuberger continue to adjust to different roles on the Georgetown sideline. The student-athletes have responded under the guidance of the Hoyas' staff with the energy each has brought to film study, positional meetings and to the practice field
"People want to be there at 6:50 in the morning, practices are competitive from the beginning and they stay competitive whether its team or one-on-ones," senior Michael Cimilluca said.
For Cimilluca (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex), who will be back in the fall for his fifth season, and rising senior Javan Robinson (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron), the competition and team's development through the four weeks of practice has been exciting, especially with all of the changes the team has gone through with the loss of a large senior class.
"It's a big change," Cimilluca said. "A lot of new people have to step up and the guys who are stepping up are really making a name for themselves, whether it be Justin Hill, who has been playing with me on the outside or Tommy Jesson, who has played both wide receiver positions. All three quarterbacks have received significant reps and all three have played very well. Everyone has done a good job and it's exciting to see all of the new faces stepping up.
On defense, the Hoyas have also benefited from competition within each position group.
"You can tell that people who haven't played in the past have been paying attention," Robinson said. "Now when they are getting their opportunity, you can tell that they were paying attention to the guys that were in front of them."
Saturday marks the final day in pads during the 2013-14 academic year, as the Hoyas will have an opportunity to showcase everything they have worked for since the beginning of the winter training program in January. The Spring Game is open to the public, giving the team a chance to play in front of a large audience.
"With all of the work we do, all of the early mornings wake ups and all of practices, including winter work outs before spring ball, it's nice to have one day of celebration where we get to see old teammates and the alums that come down to see us," Cimilluca said. "To have that one final practice in front of our parents and ex-teammates is fun."
For both Cimilluca and Robinson, the weekend also signals their final spring football session.
"I can't believe how time has flown by so fast," Robinson said. "It's a blessing to be in this situation that we're in and we're both excited about the future."
For the full interview with Cimilluca and Robinson, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Ck7m5dkfw&feature=youtu.be