Aug. 5, 2011
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
It is a very exciting time with our student-athletes reporting to campus on Sunday, some for the first time, as we begin preparation for Davidson on Sept. 3 here at Georgetown.
I'm looking forward to this group. There is a lot of optimism and the bar has been raised for our program, as the hard work put forth by our coaching staff and student-athletes has begun to show on the field. Two years ago, we had a real tough year, last season we won four games and this year we hope to double it or more. Our goal is now to win the Patriot League and bring a title back to the Hilltop for the Georgetown football family.
"Finish" is going to be a buzzword that we start with in the preseason. Last year, we started out well and then petered out in the fourth quarter and that has been a great motivator for all of us. Conditioning, experience and getting bigger, faster and stronger in the offseason program is something we've worked on for finishing games and from all reports we've done well. Now we will try to take that training to another level when we get on the field on Monday, August 8 for our first practice.
We're very optimistic about our defense. We have nine starters back, we lose two of our inside linebackers, but we have some young linebackers that will fill the void and Dan Lenihan, a starter on the defensive line in 2009, will return. Andrew Schaetzke is the guy we're going to rally around. In my opinion he is the best defensive player in the Patriot League, teams have to scheme for him from week-to-week. In the secondary we have two all-league performers at cornerback in Jayah Kaisamba and Jeremy Moore and four starters returning to the unit including one of our captains Wayne Heimuli.
On offense we return seven starters, including two quarterbacks in Scott Darby and Isaiah Kempf who have a wealth of experience. Scott is a senior now, he's going into his fourth season and experience is the ultimate variable for a quarterback. Last season, we had a new offensive scheme and it will be Darby and Kempf's second season in David Patenaude's offense and both have become comfortable with the system. We will also feature some young, very talented options who we expect to become household names for Georgetown football fans.
Earlier this week Wayne Heimuli,Jayah Kaisamba, our Sports Information contact Ryan Sakamoto and myself attended Patriot League Media Day at the Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. It was an opportunity to speak to the head of Patriot League officials about rules changes and to talk to the other coaches and players in the league before play starts in September. Here is some of what Jayah and Wayne said to reporters:
Jayah Kaisamba "This season we just have to keep working on the little things. There were some little details that we missed in a few games. Practice will definitely help us. Coach Kelly always talks about noticing the small things and how they translate into points and we will be paying close attention to those details during fall camp."
Wayne Heimuli "The first thing we have to do is remember that this is a new season. We have to be able to move forward and play our game. It's been a long summer and a long spring and I'm just ready to get back on the field."
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