Aug. 4, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team officially reports to campus on Sunday, with the first practice scheduled for Monday morning, as the Hoyas prepare for the 2017 season. The Blue & Gray will host 28 practices on Cooper Field, all of which are open to the public, leading up the season opener at Campbell University on September 9.
"This is one on my favorite times of the year," said fourth-year Head Coach Rob Sgarlata. "It is like Christmas in August. I am excited to start working with our student-athletes and our staff as we prepare for a great 2017 schedule. This summer we had more than half of the players on the Hilltop taking classes, completing internships and working with our strength & conditioning staff. I am looking forward to welcoming the balance of our team back on Sunday and getting started on the field early Monday morning."
The Hoyas return 62 letterwinners from 2016 including nine starters on offense and eight starters from a defense that led the Patriot League in scoring defense a season ago. Georgetown will also welcome a 27-member freshman class, adding 15 members of the Class of 2021 on defense and 12 to the offensive side of the ball.
The Blue & Gray had two players - junior linebacker J'V'on Butler (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) and sophomore defensive lineman Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) - selected to the 2017 Patriot League Football Preseason All-League Team. Butler had a breakout sophomore season for the Hoyas, leading the defense with 87 tackles and earning a selection to the All-Patriot League Second Team. Tate became a force for Georgetown in his freshman season, ranking second in the entire FCS with three blocked kicks as Georgetown tied for the national lead with eight blocked kicks overall. He also totaled 22 tackles and 5.0 TFL, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors.
While the Hoyas have familiar faces coaching on the sidelines this season, the staff has transitioned into new roles.
Sgarlata, who has coached the quarterbacks in recent years, will be working with the running backs in 2017- the position he played when he donned a GU uniform.
Offensive Coordinator Michael Neuberger, who worked with both the tight ends and running backs last year, will now be coaching just the tight ends.
Kevin Doherty was named the new defensive coordinator in January and will also now coach the linebackers after assisting with the defensive backs in past seasons.
Maurice Banks is now Georgetown's special teams coordinator while also continuing to coach the defensive backs.
Alex Kolt has switched sides of the ball and will coach the offensive line this year after leading the defensive line last year.
Kellen Pruitt, who in his second season with the Blue & Gray, will take over the coaching duties on the defensive line.
Adam Neugebauer, who joined this staff this spring, will coach the quarterbacks. He was a First Team All-American quarterback at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
John Bear will lead the wide receivers in his first season on the Hilltop after serving as the offensive coordinator at the University of Chicago in 2016.
Harrison Bernstein will assist Banks with the defensive backs in his first season on the GU coaching staff.
Alex Zanfardino and Bruno Barandas will also be on the sidelines in 2017, assisting with the linebackers and offensive line, respectively.
Stay tuned to GUHoyas.com throughout Georgetown's training camp for position-by-position previews of the 2017 Hoyas.