Hoya Notes: From the Desk of Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly
Oct. 16, 2012
Hoya Notes - Moving on from Lehigh and Looking Toward Colgate
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
Obviously the loss to Lehigh was a disappointing one. Our kids fought hard through the whole game down to the bitter end, but the outcome was not the one we had expected. Weeks like this is the toughest part of the job, our guys are resilient, but this was a tough loss for everyone and now we just have to move on and prepare for Colgate.
We did have some super performers, with Jeremy Moore intercepting three passes and returning one for a touchdown. He is well deserving of all of the weekly league and national accolades he has received. Robert McCabe had 16 tackles and had another great week and we forced seven turnovers against a very good Lehigh team. At the end of the game we drove the field with 1:22 left on the clock and no timeouts to put ourselves in a position to win or tie the game, but we did not finish and now we have to move on and set our sights on another Patriot League opponent in Colgate.
On Thursday, Rob Sgarlata and I attended Janne Kouri's fundraiser for his NextStep Fitness Foundation at the Swedish Embassy in D.C. Janne is one of the all-time great players in Georgetown football history and still is the program's all-time leader in sacks, but it has been what he has done in his fight with paralysis not only for himself, but for others that has made him an inspirational figure.
He spoke on Thursday and again to our guys on Friday about a tattoo on his left arm that reads, "Sisu." "Sisu" is a Finnish term that loosely translates as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity, literally it translates as "having guts." All of the descriptions are Janne in a nutshell and his words and that phrase are ones that our coaching staff and student-athletes have to keep in mind with four games on our schedule. Sometimes in life, things don't happen the way you want, but you still have to keep fighting. We still have a lot to play for and still need to work hard every play of every practice, because these last four games are all going to come down to the wire and we still have goals to accomplish.
We are already a few days into our preparation for Colgate. For us it will be an opportunity for redemption, since we did not play well in our last trip to Hamilton, N.Y. We will see some familiar faces up there on Saturday, with our former offensive line coach Brad Dunlay on their staff. Freshman wide receiver Jake DeCicco's brother will be on the other sideline, the second time this season we will have the families split.
This week they are calling for rain in Hamilton, N.Y., but we are still hoping to see as many of you as possible for an exciting game at Colgate.
Win the Day!
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NextStep is a nationwide movement that aims to revolutionize the quality of healthcare for the physically challenged community. NextStep is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. NextStep is a member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Program. For more information please visit - www.nextstepfitness.org/