April 20, 2013
WASHINGTON - Linebackers Sean Campbell (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) and Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) , quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) and tight end Daniel Sprotte (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) were named captains for the 2013 season and Campbell becomes the 10th recipient of the prestigious Joe Eacobacci Memorial No. 35 jersey during the Georgetown University football team's annual banquet on Saturday afternoon.
Campbell, a two-year starter at outside linebacker, was among the Hoyas leaders with nine tackles for loss last season. He was welcomed into the No. 35 fraternity by Kevin Sullivan and Wayne Heimuli, the two previous honorees.
"It's such a great honor and I was so surprised," Campbell said. "I was just sitting there listening in awe, because the No. 35 tradition is such a great story, and when my name was called it was an overwhelming sense of joy. Just hearing the names of the people who have worn this jersey, they are all people you hear about for being great leaders, great people and who have gone on to do great things."
"I couldn't think of a more deserving guy to get it," Kempf said. "Sean has worked really hard for the last three years to put himself in a position to be a really good player, in my mind a first team all-league kind of player, so he's definitely worthy."
Joining Campbell as captains, is Wharton, a First Team All Patriot League selection has posted back-to-back 100 tackle seasons, the second player in team history to accomplish that feat behind Robert McCabe. Kempf will be in his second season as a captain and Sprotte, who has become one of the Hoyas hardest workers in the weight room.
"I love this class and the leadership we have," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "The four captains with Sean Campbell, Dustin Wharton, Dan Sprotte and Isaiah for the second time, you couldn't ask for four better captains and I'm really excited for that aspect of this team."
Following spring ball, Kelly awarded the Robert Paul Dahut Award for Most Improved Player to defensive lineman Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and wide receiver Michael Cimilluca (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex).
The Hoyas also celebrated its graduating senior class during Saturday's banquet giving out, awarding Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) the Al Blozis Award for the team's most valuable player. McCabe after leading the nation in tackles, was an All-America selection, the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Year and the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Sullivan, the 2012 Joe Eacobacci No. 35 jersey recipient, was awarded the Jeremiah Minihan Coaches' Award-winner. WR Kenneth Furlough (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) earned the team's strength and conditioning award, while long snapper Craig Montgomery (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) was named the Special Teams Player of the Year. RB Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) and CB Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse), who were both All Patriot League selection , earned the John L. Hagerty Award for the team's best back.
OL James Spaly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and DL Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) earned the George A. Murtaugh Award for best lineman. OL Donald Rhodes (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin Senior) was named the Mush Dubofsky Award winner for the team's best student-athlete, and WR Brandon Floyd (Bel Air, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) earned the John D. Burke Award for courage and spirit. RB Mose Hogan III (West Bloomfield, Mich./Detroit Country) won the inaugural Belt Award.
Following the banquet, the offense, wearing gray and the defense, wearing blue took to Multi-Sport Field for the annual scrimmage, played in four parts. The defense, under the direction of Rob Sgarlata defeated Vinny Marino's offense 27-20 during the compete zone portion of the scrimmage despite, a pair of late touchdown passes from Kempf to Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) and Elliott Owusu (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham). Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) also led a scoring drive capped by a Brandon Durham (Mesquite, Texas/Dallas Christian) touchdown. Malcolm Caldwell-Meeks (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) had an interception early during the scrimmage, and the defense had three fourth down stops.
"Coach Marino has brought me along a little slower," said Kempf who was lost after the first series of the Hoyas first game in 2012. "I'm just getting my feet wet, but especially in the game today, being able to check protections and stuff like that is helping me get my feet back under me."
"I definitely think we have enough talent on both sides of the ball to win the league," Kempf said. "We have a lot of playmakers on offense and our defense is going to be solid