Patriot League Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

by Mike Watts
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Fordham Athletics

Georgetown returns preseason Patriot League Defensive POY

This is the second of seven articles that preview the 2013 Patriot League teams.  They are in the inverse order of the preseason poll voting by Patriot League football head coaches and sports information directors, who did not include their own school in the selections.

Fordham was not included in the poll because it will not be able to compete for the Patriot League championship and NCAA automatic bid in 2013, and its games against League members will not count towards the final standings for either team.

Coach Kevin Kelly and his troops return to the field after a disappointing 2013 campaign, but they seem to have a good core to make a run this season.

After losing the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 to graduation the past two years, it only seems right that this year’s preseason pick for the conference’s highest defensive honor would belong to a Hoya. Linebacker Dustin Wharton, whose class in the interview room seemed only right for a fellow Jesuit school, comes off as undersized. As his coach will tell you, he is consistently the top performer in the weight room.

With major pieces returning to an offense that was left without a quarterback less than fifteen minutes into the season a year ago, the Hoyas could be a dark horse to make some noise in the conference come November.

To hear interviews with Coach Kevin Kelly and linebacker Dustin Wharton, see below.

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