Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hobart Coaches Complete ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Statesmen Check into Camp

Hobart College Football players checked into camp this weekend. The Statesmen come into the season with another high national ranking but also with question marks in key positions. There should be many interesting "battles" to sort out who some of the new starters will be going into the Dickinson game (which is only 19 days away!).

I'm excited to have booked a trip back for the first time since 2012 to see the season opener against Dickinson. A large crowd of alumni, including the family of the late Hobart HOFer Don "A to Z" Aleksiewicz '73, are expected to be in attendance as well.

Below are a few pictures from twitter posted by @HobartFootball:

Players filling out NCAA forms

Stretching before practice Monday

More news from camp later this week or weekend with updates on scrimmages expected.
Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Introducing the Hobart Football Class of 2018

NamePosClHometown, StateSchool
Adams, TimothyDTFRBrockton, MABerkshire School 
Apicella, ChristianFSFRAlbany, NYLaSalle Institute 
Ball, BrandonDEFRCollins Center, NYSpringville Griffith Institute
Conde, AlmamyILBFRJersey City, NJSaint Peters Prep
Cyr, ChrisTEFRScarborough, MEScarborough
D'Antonio, TommyFSFRGreenwich, CTSalisbury School 
Dawoodani, AhilOLFRGlenmont, NYAlbany Academy 
Falsone, RyanCBFROrchard Park, NYOrchard Park 
Fineberg, DrewWRFRLakewood Ranch, FLOut-of-Door Academy 
Fischer, RandyILBFRAnnapolis, MDBroadneck 
Frater, MatthewDEFRNew York, NYHotchkiss
Gudell, JustinOLBFRRochester, NYBrighton 
Helm, AlexOLFRFallston, MDFallston 
Hoffer, WillOLBFRRound Hill, VAWoodgrove
Koca, AngjeloDEFRWoodhaven, NYChoate Rosemary Hall 
Letizia, JoeRBFRBlauvelt, NYTrinity Pawling
Maciejewski, JohnFBFRHackettstown, NJWest Morris 
McCool, WillKFRGlenside, PASpringside Chestnut Hill Academy
Murphy, LiamOLFRWhitesboro, NYWhitesboro 
Najarian, JackOLBFRNeedham, MAWilliston Northampton
Quay, DylanTEFRLatham, NYShaker 
Reagan, J.P. CBFRMassena, NYMassena
Rogers, StephenCBFRStanhope, NJHopatcong
Sanchez, JaredILBFRHopewell Junction, NYJohn Jay 
Savage, DillonILBFRUpper Jay, NYAuSable Valley
Scales, DarylCBFRParlin, NJSt. Mark's School 
Shed, BrandonWRFRWest Palm Beach, FLBenjamin School 
Sheppard, PatrickDEFRIslip, NYIslip
Sutliff, MattOLFRAndover, MAAndover
Tierney, RoddyOLBFRWappingers Falls, NYRoy C. Ketcham
VanHoesen, StephenDTFRNiskayuna, NYNiskayuna
Wallerstein, AdamQBFRWanaque, NJLakeland Regional 
Withers, ZacharyTEFRWebster, NYWebster Schroeder

Another strong recruiting class will be arriving into Geneva this weekend for the opening of the 2014 preseason camp. At first blush it's fairly noticable that this class brought in a lot of players for a few key areas of need (LB and DB) and reflects HWS's ties to New England and NYS prep and parochial schools.

18 of the 33 student athletes are from NYS (including one from Greenwich, CT which is more of an extension of NYC than New England - at least that's my Hartford native perspective / bias ;).

Nine student athletes come to Geneva via NJ, PA, MD and VA. Four come from New England (three from MA and one from ME). Two student athletes come from my home state of FL. One of them was profiled on this blog back on March 28.

A handful of schools, including Scarborough HS (ME), Out of Door Academy (FL), Saint Peters (NJ), Trinity Pawling (NY) and LaSalle (NY) have sent Hobart student athletes for the second year in a row.

It will be interesting to see over the next four years how these young men add to the success of the Statesmen program.

More news from camp and an update on Season 7 of "ITH" coming up next week!

Thanks for reading and go Bart!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Massena's Reagan Signs with Statesmen

Massena (NY) HS SR RB JP Reagan has committed to attend Hobart College. Reagan led the Red Raiders with an impressive 1,709 rushing yards and 25 TDs in the 2013 season. He also caught 14 passes for 166 yards and a TD.

Reagan and the Red Raiders came up short against Potsdam (who somewhat ironically have a similar uniform color scheme as Hobart) in the Section X title game but still had a successful 7-3 overall campaign. "JPR" stands 5' 10" and 175lbs but he runs and breaks tackles like I haven't seen in some time. His 9.2 yards per carry stat is certainly impressive and he has break away speed, once exploding down field for a 90 yard TD run. Although these are great stats, my favorite is probably that Reagan only lost one fumble out of 186 carries, so he can "protect the rock" too.

His highlight reel is reminiscent of old Barry Sanders NFL film in that when Reagan runs into a crowd, he somehow manages to escape several would be tacklers and suddenly is off to the races. To be fair, the level of competition (and tackling) will be much tougher at the collegiate level, still Reagan looks like another fine addition to the Statesmen offense.

Reagan isn't a "one trick pony" either. He was solid defensively for the Raiders tallying 49 tackles including a sack, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. I could see Reagan gaining some time and experience early in his college career on special teams, having both fielded kickoffs and punts for Massena. Interestingly enough, he also converted four PATs, so he could be utilized for the old "quick kick" in pinch.

Please join me in welcoming "JPR" in the Hobart Football Family.

This is probably the last recruiting entry for the Class of 2018. Preseason camp begins this weekend and I am expecting to receive a roster update, including the complete FY recruiting class, later this week once it's posted either via the SAA or

Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Preseason Awards Continue to Come in for Coleman and Marpet

The 2014 Preseason All American team came out on Friday, August 1st. A link to the release can be found here.

SR Tyre Coleman earned first team recognition at DE and SR Co-Captain Ali Marpet earned second team recognition at OL.

Earlier in the year both Statesmen earned similar Preseason recognition by Lindy's and the Sporting News.

More recruiting news coming up. Preseason camp is starting up in less than two weeks!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

From Brighton to the Bart, Gudell Joins Statesmen

According to the "twitterverse" Brighton HS SR LB Justin Gudell (Rochester, NY) plans to matriculate at Hobart College. Gudell joins what is already shaping up to be a very talented incoming Class of 2018, especially at the LB position, for the Statesmen.

Gudell is 6' tall, 210 lbs and as my buddy and former Hobart LB said to me recently, "sniffs out run plays well", which is key in the Statesmen's 4-4 defense. Gudell, who earned First Team All Monroe County honors at LB was also an All-Rochester defensive standout in lacrosse which shows he has talents that go beyond the gridiron.

His highlight reel can be seen here.

Please join me in welcoming Justin into the Hobart Football family. Less than 40 days until kickoff!

Go 'Bart!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Islip's Sheppard Selects Statesmen

Hobart's defense will be bolstered by the addition of Islip Varsity HS's (NY) DE Patrick Sheppard. A powerful and quick pass rusher, Sheppard uses his speed (4.85 40 yard dash) and stocky frame (6' 250 lbs) to work his way around blockers. An accomplished heavyweight wrestler, Patrick has an excellent understanding of leverage and how to attack the OL en route to the QB.

Named one of the Top HS players on Long Island as a SO, Sheppard helped lead Islip to a 7-2 season, including a 7-1 conference mark, in 2013.

You can see Sheppard in action on this highlight reel.

Please join me in welcoming Patrick into the Hobart Statesmen family. Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!