Sept. 6, 2011
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
Before I talk about our opening game, I wanted to mention something we have done that I have never done in the past. Over the weekend, we added a new team captain, senior linebacker Nathan Zimmel, as our special teams captain. Nate has been a big part of what we do on special teams and has been the ultimate team player during his career at Georgetown. He has been a great role model for the younger guys on the team and someone who greatly deserves this honor.
It was a great weekend to be a Hoya. The team, the coaches and I were very pleased with all of fans who came out to support the team. The atmosphere was excellent and it was a credit to everyone involved from the band and cheerleaders to the Gridiron Club. It was great to start the season at home and now the task becomes building the momentum going into Lafayette on Saturday.
Against Davidson, we made several first game mistakes, all of them correctable, but the one thing I have seen in over 30 years of coaching is that the most improvement comes between the first and second game. However, I was very pleased with the way we played on Saturday night.
On Offense: It was the first time we scored 40 points in a game since 2003. We rushed for over 200 yards and I think our young group of offensive lineman deserve a lot of credit for our improved ground game. Nick Campanella had a great game and showed all of you what we have been seeing from him since the spring. Isaiah Kempf did a great job managing the game and showed his ability as a runner in addition to his ability to throw the football.
On Defense: We kept Davidson from running the ball, holding them to negative seven rushing yards, we also were 55 percent in forcing three and outs, surpassing our goal of being 40 percent. Jeremy Grasso played a great game, especially making the move from outside linebacker to inside, with 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss. Overall, we were able to put pressure on Davidson, which helped our defense cause four turnovers.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Matt MacZura did a great job punting, putting four of his five punts inside the 20 yard line. Our punt coverage team did a great job of holding them to just one return for one yard. On the other side our average drive start after kick-off returns was at the 45 yard line, another contributing factor to the big day we had on offense.
Congratulations are in order for Jeremy Grasso and Kevin Macari, the Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week in the Patriot League, respectively. Both played very well and earned the recognition.
Since Sunday, our focus has turned to Lafayette. We've been watching film and practicing in preparation for Saturday night at 6 p.m. on Multi-Sport Field. We hope to see all of you there!
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