Hoya Notes: From the Desk of Head Coach Kevin Kelly

April 26, 2011

Dear family, friends and fans,

On Sunday April 17, we wrapped up our spring practice schedule with our annual Blue & Gray Spring Scrimmage. I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you who took the time out of your afternoon to join us. We were extremely pleased with the turnout in the stands, just as we were with the play on the field.

Our banquet last Saturday was a reminder that we will lose 15 seniors who all grew to embody the hard work, dedication and character that Georgetown Football stands for. At the same time, we will have a strong group of leaders coming back, including our 2011 captains Wayne Heimuli and Jeremiah Kayal along with a very talented group of returning players.

On offense, Scott Darby and Isaiah Kempf will go into preseason training camp in August competing for the starting quarterback job. They both had excellent spring seasons and have one more year of experience, so we feel we have a good situation at quarterback. Aaron Aiken has also shown great improvement during the spring at that position.

At running back, Nick Campanella emerged as a powerful runner during the spring. Dalen Claytor gives us another element with his speed. Mose Hogan moved to offense after spending his first two seasons on defense and took to the move well during the spring. Chance Logan was out during the spring but we're hopeful that he will be back for training camp. Michael Carter also ran well for us in the spring game and will provide depth.

 

 

We have a lot of very talented players back at wide receiver and in the slot. Kenny Furlough, John O'Leary and Jeff Burke will be back along with Patrick Ryan, who was our most improved player last season at this time. Elliot Owusu also showed us a lot during the spring in terms of his improvement. Jamal Davis, who was out during the spring, is another talented player who we expect big things out of. In the slot Max Waizenegger, captain Jeremiah Kayal and Zack Wilke give us very good options and Brandon Durham will also see time in the slot and possibly out of the backfield.

The offense line unit will be very young after losing three senior starters, but we have a host of talented guys who will pushing for playing time. For our coaching staff it will be a matter of finding the best combination of five players. Donald Rhodes was a starter for us last season and guys like Jonathan Deardorff, Fred Eggert, Ed Hesselgren, James Spaly, Kevin Sullivan and Michael Tucker received playing time for us last year and showed us a lot in the spring. Mac Stephens got a lot of reps at center in the spring and Ray DeLorenzo, Heath Dickey and John Alexander all had strong finishes to their freshman seasons in the spring. We are also hopeful that Fino Caliguire and Thomas Gallagher, who both started for us at times will be back healthy when the training camps starts.

We have a good group of tight ends and will look to use the position more next season. Mike McIntyre and Daniel Sprotte both had very good a good spring. Tucker Stafford, our most improved player, overcame adversity and a position change and really came on for us.

On the defensive line Michael Francis and Charlie Dann both had a real good spring for us and will play inside. On the ends Andrew Schaetzke should be the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. It will also be good to have Dan Lenihan back with us. When the spring started he was a little rusty, but he is close to being back. John Porter and Andrew Maliska both played very well and Craig Montgomery moved from tight end to defensive end and has taken to the move well.

We have moved some folks around at linebacker, moving Robert McCabe from the outside to the inside. We were very pleased with the great spring that Nate Zimmel had for us and Shanon Adams has shown a lot of ability and continues to learn the game. We felt moving Jeremy Grasso to the strong side will suit him and Kyle Miller made a smooth transition from safety to outside linebacker. Jonathan Brucia and Sean Campbell both had solid spring seasons and will see the field in the summer and fall.

The secondary is probably the strength of our defense. Jayah Kaisamba and Jeremy Moore proved to be as good as any cornerbacks in the Patriot League last year. Stephen Atwater made a jump and should be heavily involved in our nickel package and Tim Bayer is a solid backup along with Alex Isenberg. Mike Cimilluca was injured in our second spring scrimmage, but we are expecting him to make a full recovery and be ready for next season.

At safety obviously Wayne Heimuli is a strong player for us. David Quintero also returns having started the last two seasons. Malcolm Caldwell Meeks was our most improved defensive player has forced his way into playing time and will get on the field at safety or nickel linebacker. Dustin Wharton came on big time for us and Will Carroll has moved from cornerback to safety and is very capable.

On special teams we are ahead of where we were this time last year. Brett Weiss will be back for us after a good first season. Devon Papandrew also showed a lot of improvement during the spring and Kris Zabaloieff kicked a 43 yarder during the spring game.

Matt MacZura and David Conway will both return at punter. MacZura had a very good freshman season and both have shown improvement during the spring. Craig Montgomery comes back as our long snapper.

At kick returner we have a dangerous group with Jeremy Moore who was a Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week last year and Dalen Claytor who was fingertips away from breaking a kick-off return for a touchdown last season. Chance Logan and Brandon Durham will also see time back on kick-offs.

Zack Wilke will be our primary punt returner, with Jeff Burke seeing some time and Jeremy Moore and Jeremiah Kayal also working in that unit.

There are a lot of reasons to be excited for the 2011 football season. We were very proud of the way all of our guys worked during the winter and spring. Now summer is the time to get in shape so we will be ready to prepare for our first game against Davidson on September 3 at Multi-Sport Field.

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