Aug. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team concluded its first week of training camp on Sunday, following a busy weekend that included the team's first two-a-day on Saturday and annual picture day on Sunday morning. The Hoyas reconvened early on Monday morning to start the new week with its second two-a-day on the new turf at Multi-Sport Field.
For the Hoyas, it was the first of eight practices this week, leading up to its final scrimmage on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Aiding the process is a roster brimming with experience, as 24 seniors, including the team's four captains DE Sean Campbell, QB Isaiah Kempf, TE Daniel Sprotte and LB Dustin Wharton, along with 21 juniors, have been through the grind of training camp before. A sense of urgency has been present in practice with the Hoyas just 20 days away from its season-opener at Wagner on Saturday, August 31.
"The guys are doing a great job," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "We went through the first week and I'm very pleased with the effort and the senior leadership. It's leadership by example. Everyone is hustling. You see the older guys hustle and the younger guys understand now what the expectation level is and that's what it's all about."
Last season, the Hoyas used five different quarterbacks, as injuries struck early and often at the position. Kempf, who is back for his fifth season, and sophomore Kyle Nolan have stood out, as the Hoyas will also have plenty of depth with four other signal-callers, with sophomore Cameron MacPherson and three freshmen have improved under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Vinny Marino.
"On offense, the quarterbacks are playing extremely well and the receivers are doing a good job catching the ball, so that has been giving us fits on defense," Kelly said.
The Hoyas are working to replace record-setting productivity on defense, but the early performance from the linebackers and defensive backs, two groups hard hit by graduation, have been promising.
Dustin Wharton obviously is doing a great job and Spencer Ball has been a pleasant surprise in the preseason," Kelly said. "Overall, the linebackers are showing some good things, with Matt Satchell, Wardell Crutchfield and Leo Loughery, and on the other side, Nick Alfieri and Pat Boyle are doing a terrific job. On the backend we have a lot of combinations, but they are doing much better in terms of technique work, so we'll be able to do a lot of different things than last year."
This week will prove to be an important week for the Hoyas, as the coaching staff gets closer to putting together its first depth chart for the season-opener with Wagner.
"We're finding out who the players are," Kelly said. "This is the toughest week for the players and the coaches. We all have to grind it out and get better this week. Our motto this fall is win the day and that's the focus right now."