Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Kicks from Chicago

Paul Delaney

Yet another very good looking punter is headed to Columbia. Illinois All-Stater Paul Delaney averaged 42 yards per boot last season.

Delaney is big for a punter, 6-3 and 200 pounds! And he has his own webpage!

He reportedly turned down preferred walk-on offers from Illinois, Purdue, Miami and Western Michigan.

And yes, Delaney is a product of the same Loyola High School that brought us all-time Lion great Des Werthman and current Lion Alec Kosminskas.


1. Joey Andrada WR 6-3 190 lbs. Piedmont HS (Piedmont, CA)

2. Hunter Coleman TE/OL 6-4 230 lbs. Loyola (Prep Shreveport, LA)

3. Paul Delaney P 6-3 200 lbs. Loyola (Palatine, IL)

4. Duncan Dickerson OL/LS 6-2 245 lbs. Cypress Falls HS (Houston, TX)

5. Lou DiNovo WR 6-0 185 lbs. LaSalle Institute (Albany, NY)

6. Mike DiTommaso CB 6-0 185 lbs. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ)

7. Brian East LB 6-3 205 lbs. Carmel HS (Carmel, IN)

8. Luke Eddy K 6-2 200 lbs. Worcester Academy (Worcester, MA)

9. Tyler Feely K/P 6-0 155 lbs. Jesuit HS (Tampa, FL)

10. Hamilton Garner TE 6-5 230 lbs. Duluth HS (Duluth, GA)

11. Marcorus Garrett RB 5-10 177 lbs. Pope High School (Marietta, GA)

12. Joe Ghergurovich OL 6-3 245 lbs. Glastonbury HS (Glastonbury, CT)

13. Dylan Leonard OL 6-3 281 lbs. Ola High School (McDonough, GA)

14. Brad Losee DE/TE 6-4 235 lbs. Eastview HS (Apple Valley, MN)

15. Griffin Lowry RB 6-0 215 lbs. University HS (St. Louis, MO)

16. Mark McClain WR/S 6-2 195 lbs. Upper Arlington (Upper Arlington, OH)

17. Zack McKown TE/LB 6-3 220 lbs. Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, VA)

18. Nick Melka DE 6-2 230 lbs. Benet Academy (Lisle, IL)

19. Jeremy Mingo WR/CB 6-0 180 lbs. Firestone HS (Akron, OH)

20. Chris Mooney TE 6-3 230 lbs. Walton HS (Marietta, GA)

21. Joe Raimondi OL/DL 6-4 255 lbs. Hampton HS (Allison Park, PA)

22. Chris Rapka QB 6-3 200 lbs. Cardinal Gibbons HS (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

23. Maurice Rothschild CB 5-10 165 lbs. Warren Eastern HS (New Orleans, LA)

24. James Valerias WR 6-1 185 lbs. Gonzaga College HS (Washington, DC)

25. Sam Williams RB 5-10 175 lbs. Baylor HS (Chattanooga, TN)


At Thu Feb 11, 10:30:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how many we have on the team in the fall. This may be the largest team in the schools history.

At Thu Feb 11, 11:03:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just how many punters will we have on the roster? And how many kickers will we have? I would LOVE to see somebody who can kick off into the end zone for a change; I'm getting tired of giving the other team a short field.

At Fri Feb 12, 12:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question is not how many kickers we'll have on roster, but how many do we need. After all, the 2 returning kickers will be sophs.

I hope we're not overstockig at the expense of position players

At Fri Feb 12, 02:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't have too many players at any position including kickers. It looks like we're stocking up well at all positions. The one position the Ivy League needs less of is Ivy presidents who don't like football.

At Fri Feb 12, 02:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great punter is a tremendous offensive weapon. We didn't have a great punter last year. those of you who can remember guys from the 70s like Reed and Georges, who could change field position, know what I mean. If a drive stalls at your own 25 or 30, a typical punt in the Ivies basically means that you are giving the other tema the ball with a short field (around the 35 or 40). But if you have somebody who can kick 'em high and far, you are giving the other team the ball at around the 25 or so. How many times in recent years have we been able to do that?

At Fri Feb 12, 02:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I understand that the team is heavily into the off-season weight lifting and strength and conditioning program. Does anybody have a report on how some of our injured guys like Otis, Ownes and Fraser are doing?

At Fri Feb 12, 05:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best CU kicker in recent memory is Larry Walsh...

At Fri Feb 12, 09:54:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

The position that seems underrepresented at this point is DL
with only Raimondi listed. Looking forward to reading about some additional dlinemen to fill out our incoming roster.

At Fri Feb 12, 05:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MaxPreps does have Delaney as the National Leader in both gross yards and punts inside the 20, as well as second in yards/per punt. MaxPreps also has Delaney as the No. 2 punter overall.;jsessionid=57E8D2319ACEAEA39FCDE9AF29B7B00A?groupname=Special%20Teams&group=Punts&details=false&genderSport=boys%2Cfootball,football&state=All States&sectionid=-Select-&leagueid=-Select-&teamsize=0&teamtype=player&leaguetype=overall&category=special teams,punts&position=-All-&classyear=-All-

At Fri Feb 12, 08:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto on the DL side, but we have a lot of DEs coming in, some of whom might be potential DLs. PS, will Fraser have an extra year of eligibility?

At Fri Feb 12, 08:40:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delaney also fifth in longest punt, 67 yards, with 4 tied in front of him at 68 yards.

Luke Eddy's video shows him making field goals up to 60 yards, and we already know about combo kicker Tyler Feely. Looks like we're set in the kicking game for the next four years. Coaches decided to leave no stone unturned in solving bad kicking situation...might look like overkill but can't complain.

At Fri Feb 12, 08:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS, I wish I could feel as good about our recruiting for men's basketball as I do for football. I am beginning to get a very uneasy feeling about the direction of our basketball team (with apologies for intruding onto a football blog).

At Fri Feb 12, 09:26:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year our place kicking game was really awful. I'm glad to see that we have some punters, but who is going to make our PATs (disaster #1) and our FGs (disaster#2)?

At Sat Feb 13, 04:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

some background on delaney

At Sat Feb 13, 08:14:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I agree about the placekicking. But I thought Guttas did a great overall job as a punter last year and it's going to be a great competition for the job this summer in my opinion.

At Sat Feb 13, 08:47:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delaney made 1st Team All-State:

At Sat Feb 13, 09:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong link came up for Delaney's All-State listing, trying again:,0,5124648.storygallery

At Sun Feb 14, 05:39:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illinois first team all-state (all divisions) is not chopped liver, particularly in the Ivy League. By my count that makes seven all-staters (Delaney, DiNovo, DiTommaso, East, Ghergurovich, McKown, Williams; I don't count HM), all from legit states, and that's w/o knowing another 5-8 recruits. That is approaching the last two CU classes

At Mon Feb 15, 01:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know Sam Williams made All-State. Can you provide the source, please?

At Mon Feb 15, 02:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyler Feely made 1st Team All-Hillsborough County both as a punter and a kicker (see link). He averaged over 40-yards per punt (about the same as Paul Delaney), made 5 of 6 field goals, and 95% of his extra points (46 0f 48). Luke Eddy can kick 60-yard field goals (saw it on video). With Guttas and Perfetti (who made most of his extra point attempts) returning next season, maybe we can deal one of these incoming kickers to another Ivy in exchange for a future high level recruit? :)

This one includes video:

At Mon Feb 15, 02:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can also add Feely to our list of All-Staters. He made second-team All-State as voted by Florida Prep sports writers.

At Mon Feb 15, 03:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Jake, make that 9 (not 10) all-staters so far including Dylan Leonard. Wouldn't be surprised to see Luke Eddy get a nod as well, and who knows who else.

At Mon Feb 15, 04:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the info on Sam Williams' selection as 1st Team All-State RB (scroll down to Division II).

With Williams, Garrett, and Lowry (so far), this is looking like a terrific group of rb recruits, just what we needed.


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