Pesky Defense and a Senior Under Center look to get Job Done in DC
This is the third of seven articles that preview the 2012 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 2012, and its games against League members will not count towards the final standings for either team.
The Hoyas made huge strides last year, finishing above fifth place for the first time since 2001 when they joined the Patriot League. Although their season ended in the Patriot League Title game with a loss to Lehigh, this team made leaps and bounds on defense through the presence of DL Andrew Schaetzke. Schaetzke graduated, but the team returns feisty middle linebacker Robert McCabe. McCabe took home Patriot League defensive player of the year honors and will serve as a co-captain on this year’s squad.
On offense, head coach Kevin Kelly is turning to senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf to take over the reins and be the full time starter. Kempf took most of the snaps last year (Scott Darby and Jeff Burke got some time as well), but Kelly told me Kempf is now the full time man behind center. Isaiah’s biggest strength is being able to spread the ball around and incorporate different receivers into the passing game. He completed passes to 17 different receivers last year.