Game Notes & Two-Deeps Released
Nico Gutierrez is back on the two-deep! (CREDIT: Colubia Athletics)
The game notes and the long-awaited two-deeps for the opener against Fordham have been released by the athletic department.
Also, there's the official announcement that Sal Licata from SNY will be taking over my duties as color commentator. (I will still be producing and conducting halftime interviews). I met Sal on Saturday at Wien Stadium and he was a great guy... but more importantly, he's a sports broadcasting professional who will do a fine job.
As I say every year, it's important to remember the two-deeps are mostly the same as what you'll see on game day, but they are not to be taken as the Bible. You really have to pay attention when the team runs out onto the field for the first plays from scrimmage to really know all the starters.
But here's how the lineup looks on paper:
QB: Sean Brackett (Jerry Bell)
RB: Leon Ivery or Zack Kourouma (Nick Gerst)
FB: Nathan Lenz (Nico Papas)
TE: Andrew Kennedy (Clif Pope)
WR: Mike Stephens (Mark Muston)
WR: Nico Gutierrez (Kurt Williams)
LT: Jeff Adams (Dan Cohen)
LG: Bob Hauschildt (Prentis Robinson)
C: Kyle Stupi (Tim Skalak)
RG: Ian Quirk (Eric Walker)
RT: Scott Ward (Sam Cecil)
CB: Calvin Otis (Rex Cole)
FS: Adam Mehrer (Steven Grassa)
SS: Neil Schuster (Dan Myers or Mike Murphy)
CB: Craig Hamilton (A.J. Maddox)
SAM: Matt Moretto (Ryan Haslett)
MIKE: Nick Mistretta (Marc Holloway)
WILL: Alex Gross (Evan Miller)
DE: Seyi Adebayo (Josh Martin)
NT: Chris Groth (Joe Raimondi)
DT: Matt Stotler (Ben Popeck)
DE: Josh Smith (Will Patterson or Ryan Murphy)
PK: Dean Perfetti (Luke Eddy)
P: Greg Guttas (Andrew Weiss)
KR: Craig Hamilton (Mike Murphy)
PR: Mike Stephens (Nico Gutierrez)
H: Mike Stephens (Paul Havas)
LS: Bryan Kipp (Ben Popeck)
-Owen Fraser is not on the two-deep, but don't be surprised if he's in on the first play from scrimmage... and also don't be surprised if he's held out of the game or a lot of the game to make sure he's 100% for the Ivy League opponents.
-Ditto for Kalasi Huggins at CB.
-I think we'll see a lot of running backs get playing time Saturday, thus it's nice they put three names under the "RB" column.
-Scott Ward surprised me as the #1 at right tackle. He was always a good looking prospect, but this is a big jump for a sophomore.
-The special teams info may be completely jumbled by game time.
-It's great to see Nico Gutierrez back in the two deep. This time as a starter!