Hoya Notes: From The Desk of Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly

Coach Cheston Blackshear works with the teams tight ends during training camp.

Aug 19, 2013

Hoya Notes - Halfway through Training Camp; Less Than Two Weeks to Game Day

From The Desk of Kevin Kelly

Dear family, friends and fans,

At the halfway point through camp, I have been impressed with what I have seen from our entire team. There is still much work to be done before we open the season at Wagner, but the effort has been terrific and I think it is a testament to our senior leadership. Our upperclassmen have set the tone day-in and day-out for us and we should all be proud of the way they have approached our motto of, "Win The Day."

On Saturday, we had our first scrimmage of training camp and after sitting down and watching film, there is a lot to build on. First, this was the best the offense has looked in a scrimmage since I've been at Georgetown. As we walked off the field on Saturday afternoon, one of the officials commented that he thought it was the sharpest he's seen a Georgetown team look in the years he's seen us. Isaiah Kempf had an excellent day and the offensive line, as a group, did a great job in protection. Dan Sprotte made several big catches and was a reliable target for our quarterbacks. Freshman Tyrell Williams showed that he is going to be a factor for this team early in his career.

On defense, we also did some good things. Nick Alfieri and Pat Boyle really stepped up. Spencer Ball, who has been one of the surprises of training camp, had a pick for a touchdown. Ettian Scott, who moved to cornerback during camp, also had an interception return for a touchdown. Hunter Kiselick continued to make some nice plays for us up front. Overall, while there were some penalties, there wasn't anything that is not correctable. We reconvened on Saturday night and watched the scrimmage film together after giving the guys a few hours to recover.

 

 

In what has become tradition, we gave the guys the day off on Sunday and gathered for movie night at ICC in the evening. We brought in popcorn and ice cream and our captains picked Olympus Falls. It's a good team bonding opportunity and our reward for a hard two weeks of practice. We returned to practice this morning for the first of seven practices this week, including a controlled scrimmage with a 59-play kicking script on Wednesday night.

I want to extend a personal thank you to Rory Coakley, a Georgetown football alum, who had the great idea of combining the marketing efforts of Coakley Realty to Georgetown football. With the help of George Longwell at ESPN 980, you may hear my voice more often when you're listening to the radio.

We also have some bittersweet news. Our Athletic Trainer Tom DiSanto has been accepted into a Physicians' Assistant program at James Madison University and will have his last day with our program on Wednesday. This has been a goal of Tom's, so we are all very happy and excited for him, but we will be losing a great professional, who has earned the respect of the coaches, student-athletes and administrators during his eight years of hard work with Georgetown football. I will also be losing a great friend, who has been a part of this program as long as I have.

We are now less than two weeks away from our season-opening game at Wagner on Saturday, August 31. Kick-off time is at 1 p.m. and we look forward to seeing as many of you at the game as possible!

Win the Day!

Coach Kelly

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