Georgetown Football Training Camp Preview: Hoyas Open Training Camp 2012 with High Expectations

GUHOYAS.COM Isaiah Kempf and the Hoyas begin training camp on Monday evening.
GUHOYAS.COM
Isaiah Kempf and the Hoyas begin training camp on Monday evening.
GUHOYAS.COM

Aug. 6, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team begins its 2012 training camp following its best season since joining the Patriot League in 2001. The Hoyas, who had never finished above fifth place in the league, went 8-3 boasting, statistically, one of the nation's best defenses and playing for its first Patriot League Championship at Lehigh. Though instead of celebrating its most wins since 1999, the memory of walking off the field in Bethlehem, Pa. without the coveted Patriot League Championship and berth in the FCS Playoffs has served as fuel for a squad that returns 17 starters and more depth up and down the roster than any team during Kevin Kelly'sseven years at the helm of the program.

On defense, the Hoyas lose one of the most effective players in the history of the program in Andrew Schaetzke, but returns co-captain and Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Robert McCabe and Preseason All-America cornerback Jeremy Moore. On offense, Georgetown returns 10 starters, including starting quarterback Isaiah Kempf.

Quarterbacks: Kempf, now a senior captain, returns after a strong junior campaign, that saw him earn the job out of training camp and lead the Hoyas to its best season in over a decade. Among his strengths was getting multiple players involved in the passing game, as Kempf completed passes to 17 different receivers during the 2012 season. Always seen as a strong passing option, Kempf also showed his ability as dual threat, passing for 140.9 yards per game and rushing for close to 30 yards each week. Kempf has seen time as a starter in each of his three seasons on the Hilltop, and will be working with the most experienced offensive unit since his arrival with 10 returning starters. Kempf and the Hoyas quarterbacks will work with new offensive coordinator Vinny Marino, who proved capable of getting the most out of his quarterbacks in the same role at Columbia, landing five QB's on the All-Ivy League squad in six years.

Junior Aaron Aiken and sophomore Stephen Skonwill compete for snaps behind Kempf. Aiken saw time during three games, showing ability as a runner, while Skon has improved in his short time on campus and played well during the spring.

Cameron MacPherson and Kyle Nolan arrive on campus and will provide depth at the quarterback position.

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
1 Isaiah Kempf Sr. 6-3 195
12 Aaron Aiken Jr. 6-5 230
8 Steve Skon So. 6-2 202
19 Cameron MacPherson Fr. 6-4 215
13 Kyle Nolan Fr. 6-5 225

Offensive Line

The Hoyas front line will be one of the team's most experienced units, returning seven players with starting experience, including right tackle and Joe Eacobacci No. 35 Memorial Jersey recipient Kevin Sullivan.

Thomas Gallagher built on his strong freshman season to become a mainstay at right guard, solidifying the right side of the line. Left guard Mike Roland emerged early in his freshman season, eventually earning 2nd Team All-Patriot League honors for his play, as well as Preseason All-Patriot League honors. James Spalydid not play his freshman year, but made an impact at left tackle as a sophomore, starting seven games.

. Michael Francis, who moved from defensive line prior to the 2011 season filled in admirably at center and at guard due to injuries throughout the season, earning four starts himself. Donald Rhodes battled back from injury to play in the last three games of the season, after having started early in the season.

The Hoyas have plenty of depth and size who will all battle for playing time during training camp. Juniors Heath Dickey, Fred Eggert and Mac Stephenhave all seen time on the line.

Sophomores William Duncan, Michael Kasten and Nick Quintans will all push for time, along with a four-man freshman class who will provide more competition during camp.

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
68 Fino Caliguire Sr. 6-3 315
64 Donald Rhodes Sr. 6-4 310
60 Kevin Sullivan Sr. 6-4 300
79 John Alexander Jr. 6-3 310
67 Ray DeLorenzo Jr 6-4 295
76 Heath Dickey Jr. 6-4 295
78 Fred Eggert Jr. 6-3 285
70 Michael Francis Jr. 6-3 285
65 Thomas Gallagher Jr. 6-5 345
61 James Spaly Jr. 6-5 285
59 Mac Stephen Jr. 6-2 280
74 William Duncan So. 6-3 275
62 Michael Kasten So. 6-3 265
52 Nick Quintans So. 6-3 280
75 Mike Roland So. 6-4 310
71 Gerverus Flagg Fr. 6-2 290
77 Kevin Liddy Fr. 6-6 275
73 William Heine Fr. 6-5 280
72 Matt Hungate Fr. 6-4 250

Running Backs Every member of the Hoyas running back corps that received carries in 2011 returns, as junior Nick Campanellawill look to build on his breakout sophomore season. Campanella, a Second Team All-Patriot League selection led the team with 424 yards and was among the league leaders with eight touchdowns, displaying a hard-nosed running style.

Wilburn Logan, who returns for his final year of eligibility, brings speed, power and versatility to the RB corps. Logan has split time between WR and RB during his career emerged late in the season as a threat to break the long run and catch passes out of the backfield, rushing for one touchdown and catching a touchdown pass during the team's last four games..

The Hoyas will also feature a pair of diminutive RB's who showed plenty of burst in 2011. Brandon Durham flashed big play ability to score from anywhere with the team's longest run of the season, a 67-yard TD at Marist. Dalen Claytorhas also been one of the team's most expolosive runners since arriving in 2010.

Mose Hogan III will add depth along with Charles Takeh. The Hoyas also added talent with freshman fullback Troye Bullock and Jo'el Kimpela, who earned All-State honors in Texas during his senior season at Euless Trinity (Texas).

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
14 Wilburn Logan Sr. 5-8 180
28 Mose Hogan III Sr. 5-10 195
10 Nick Campanella Jr. 6-0 215
23 Dalen Claytor Jr. 5-8 170
25 Brandon Durham Jr. 5-7 155
22 Charles Takeh So. 5-7 193
49 Troye Bullock Fr. 6-0 230
39 Jo'el Kimpela Fr. 5-10 185

Wide Receivers The Hoyas will have no shortage of pass catching targets, losing just two players from a unit that rotated 10 last season. The team also returns the its top two targets. Senior Max Waizeneggerled the squad with 35 catches for 424 yards and six touchdown receptions, including a 71-yard TD reception against Wagner, the longest of the season.

Jamal Davis, a redshirt junior, also showed a knack for the big play, with a game-changing 63-yard TD reception in a win over Colgate. Davis caught 31 passes for 386 yards and two TD's. Kevin Macari turned in a promising freshman season, leading the team in yards per catch (12.9/reception) and finding the end zone three times.

Zack Wilkehas proven to be a sure-handed target in his two years on the Hilltop, finishing fourth on the team with 126 yards on 15 catches.

Seniors Kenneth Furlough, Brandon Floyd, and junior Elliott Owusu will also provide GU quarterbacks with experienced targets, as juniors Michael Cimilluca and Will Carrollmove from defense to WR.

Sophomores Dave Kurtyka and James Smith will compete with freshman Jake DeCicco, Harrison Glor, and Marquis Wright for playing time during camp.

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
81 Kenneth Furlough Sr. 6-4 225
16 Jeffrey Burke Sr. 6-0 195
18 Brandon Floyd Sr. 6-1 200
3 Max Waizenegger Sr. 6-0 195
15 Jamal Davis R-Jr. 6-2 200
17 Will Carroll Jr. 6-1 185
26 Michael Cimilluca Jr. 5-10 175
80 Elliott Owusu Jr. 6-4 215
83 Zack Wilke Jr. 5-9 170
87 Darius Baxter So. 6-3 190
89 Dave Kurtyka So. 5-9 170
20 Kevin Macari So. 6-2 210
88 James Smith So. 6-1 190
43 Jake DeCicco Fr. 6-1 197
48 Harrison Glor Fr. 6-0 230
46 Marquis Wright Fr. 6-3 185

Tight Ends Tucker Stafford'sreturn for his final year of eligibility helps solidify the position. In 2011, the former quarterback caught 10 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. It will be Stafford's second full season at tight end after making the move from under center during the 2010 season.

The unit also features Daniel Sprotte, who was named the most improved player on offense during spring practice.

Connor Bohling has shifts from offensive line and will fight for playing time along with freshman Hunter Books.

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
9 Tucker Stafford Sr. 6-6 250
86 Daniel Sprotte Jr. 6-3 250
45 Connor Bohling So. 6-6 255
82 Hunter Books Fr. 6-1 210

Defensive Line Saying the defensive line will miss consensus All-American Andrew Schaetzke and inspirational leader Dan Lenihan, both multi-year starters, is an understatement. But the line is poised to reload after the emergence of freshman defensive tackle Jordan Richardson. Richardson started 10 games as a freshman and helped a unit that was one of the nation's best against the run.

Senior Andrew Maliska played strong as a backup to Schaetzke, then as a starter in two of the team's last three games in 2011, while Alec May also showed ability during his freshman year, forcing his way into the starting lineup in four games, while earning playing time in all 11 games. Xander Carpousisalso played well early in his freshman season, before injury sidelined him for the last four games.

At defensive tackle, junior Charlie Dann has logged heavy playing time during his first two seasons on the Hilltop. Junior John Porter and sophomores Richard Shankle, Mitchell Black and Kevin Bondwill also be given the opportunity to help make up for Schaetzke's production at defensive end.

Freshmen Andrew Green, Hunter Kiselick and Michael Lyzwa will all battle for playing time during training camp.

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
91 Andrew Maliska Sr. 6-3 220
85 Craig Montgomery Sr. 6-2 220
92 Charles Dann Jr. 6-2 285
56 John Porter Jr. 6-3 250
66 Kevin Bond So. 6-3 245
58 Mitchell Black So. 6-4 245
90 Alec May So. 6-4 245
93 Xander Carpousis So. 6-4 260
94 Peter Daibes So. 6-5 245
97 Jordan Richardson So. 6-2 300
54 Richard Shankle So. 6-1 220
63 Andrew Green Fr. 6-2 225
98 Hunter Kiselick Fr. 6-1 245
95 Michael Lyzwa Fr. 6-3 235

Linebackers Questions surrounded the Hoyas linebacking corps going into the 2011 season, but they were answered quickly, as Robert McCabe and Jeremy Grassosuccessfully moved from outside to the middle to anchor the defense.

McCabe broke the program's single-season tackles record with 134 and proved to be an asset in pass coverage, intercepting four passes, proving to be a difference maker in several Hoyas victories.

Grasso had his best season on the Hilltop, forcing teams to account for him as a pass-rusher, after a 3.5 sack game in a season-opening win over Davidson. Dustin Wharton moved from safety to outside linebacker and racked up 101 tackles, second most in the PL, behind only McCabe, while Sean Campbellturned in a strong performance, starting seven games.

Shanon Adams and Jonathan Brucia provide experienced depth, while Patrick Boyle, Wardell Crutchfield III, Ryan Rattay and Gibson Vaught, who moves from tight end, will compete for playing time.

GU brings four freshmen into the fold with Spencer Ball, Ty Parsons, Dezmond Richardson and Matthew Satchell.

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
6 Jeremy Grasso Sr. 6-1 215
4 Robert McCabe Sr. 6-2 230
50 Shanon Adams Jr. 6-1 220
47 Jonathan Brucia Jr. 6-4 215
44 Sean Campbell Jr. 6-1 225
43 Dustin Wharton So. 5-11 205
31 Patrick Boyle So. 6-0 200
55 Wardell Crutchfield III So. 5-10 230
42 Ryan Rattay So. 6-2 216
34 Gibson Vaught So. 6-5 222
57 Spencer Ball Fr. 6-1 210
53 Ty Parsons Fr. 6-1 220
96 Dezmond Richardson Fr. 6-2 225
51 Matthew Satchell Fr. 6-1 225

Defensive Backs Georgetown loses three multi-year starters, but returns First Team All-Patriot League and preseason All-America CB Jeremy Moore, who was among the PL leaders with four interceptions last season, returning one for a touchdown. Moore has also shown a knack for making tackles in opponent's backfields, tying for third on the team with 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Rohan Williamsonwill be eligible after transferring from Bryant prior to the 2011 season and will compete to play opposite Moore at cornerback.

Stephen Atwater played each game, starting three and made two interceptions and will figure in the team's defensive backfield plans, while Chad Colemansaw time at cornerback during 10 games in 2011 and will also be competing at cornerback.

Malcolm Caldwell-Meeks, has seen significant playing time at safety due to injuries during the past two seasons will have a chance to step into a starting role and Javan Robinson, voted the defenses most improved player during spring practice will also be given the opportunity earn playing time. Daniel Wrightplayed in seven games as a freshman and will compete for an expanded role in 2012.

Nick Alfieri impressed during his freshman season at linebacker and special teams and will move to defensive back, where he is expected to make an impact.John Egan and Justin Froncek will compete for time during camp. They will be joined by first-year sophomore Marcus Hughes and freshman Cameron Gamble, Garrett Powers and Ettian Scott.

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
32 Jeremy Moore Sr. 5-11 175
27 Steve Atwater Jr. 5-11 190
5 Malcolm Caldwell-Meeks Jr. 6-0 205
7 Rohan Williamson Jr. 5-8 162
36 Nick Alfieri So. 6-0 215
37 Chad Coleman So. 5-10 167
40 John Egan So. 5-11 185
33 Justin Froncek So. 5-10 170
30 Marcus Hughes So. 5-11 170
29 Javan Robinson So. 6-1 170
38 Daniel Wright So. 5-10 180
37 Cameron Gamble Fr. 5-10 180
38 Garrett Powers Fr. 6-1 185

41 Ettian Scott Fr. 6-1 175

Kickers/Punters The Hoyas lose Brett Weiss, a Second Team All-Patriot League placekicker and one of the best kickers in program history. He will be replaced by Devon Papandrew, Weiss's understudy for the past two seasons. Papandrew hit several long kicks during the spring practice and will likely be the Hoyas first option.

It will be business as usual for Matt MacZura, the Hoyas starting punter since he arrived on campus for the 2010 season. He returns for his junior season after pinning 21 kicks inside opponent's 20 yard lines with an average of 34.8 yards per punt. Placekicker
No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
84 Devon Papandrew So. 6-0 180
Punter
No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt.
99 Matt MacZura So. 6-2 225


 

 

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