Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Coach DeWall Is Going to the Gulls

Earlier today Hobart Athletics announced the appointment of Hobart OC Kevin DeWall '00 as Head Football Coach for the Endicott College Gulls (Beverly, MA).

While certainly a loss to the Hobart Football program on one hand, you can't be surprised on the other. Coach DeWall has done a masterful job in helping the Statesmen become a Top 10 D3 program and coaching some all time greats (like maybe a future NFL player.....).

While the NEFC will present some challenges, Endicott has made the D3 playoffs in the past and has a lot of access to talent being so close to Boston and it's overall NE ties.

I have no doubt Coach DeWall will be a great hire for Endicott College and make the Gulls not only perennial NEFC championship but also D3FB playoff contenders for years to come.

The only downside is who am I am going to bug for Hobart FB player interviews for "In The HuddLLe" going forward? Usual channels have been less, ahem, responsive, but that's a rant for another day. As an aside Frank did say he will pull Coach's Interview from last November for a #TBT post on this blog or on our @ITHuddLLe handle.

The official press release can be found here.

Congratulations to Coach and Go 'Bart!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marpet Takes On The NFL Combine

Today is the start of SR OL Ali Marpet's final major audition for a NFL draft pick. Marpet turned some heads successfully bench pressing 225 lbs. an impressive 30 times. Mike Loyko, a Patriots and Draft Analyst, summed it up best saying "the D3 kid knows where the weight room is".

What's especially impressive is that only four other OL prospects did more than 30 reps. Marpet also ran a sub five second 40 yard dash, proving he has the speed to go along with his strength.

Other publications cited Marpet consumes 7,000+ calories a day to maintain his 307 lbs. frame which got a lot of amused and amazed reactions on social media.

The hard work is paying off and getting noticed. After today's successful bench test, Marpet interviewed with the Super Bowl Champion Patriots (who is my favorite NFL team - sorry Bob Riley ;).

Additional agility and other tests await, but today was a big A+ for Ali in keeping his draft stock on the rise.

More new recruit news and Marpet draft tracking will be coming in the next week.

Thanks for reading and Go Bart!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hobart Releases 2015 Schedule

The Hobart College Statesmen will hit the road six times this fall in what appears to be one of the toughest regular season schedules in some time. The obvious highlight is the NCAA Round 1 rematch against Empire 8 Champion Ithaca College in Week 3. Butterfield Stadium is one of the most picturesque in football, at any division, and should be a great venue for local fans and alumni. Hobart hasn't played in Ithaca in the regular season since the 2003 (a hard fought 14-7 win for the Bombers).

After opening once again vs. Dickinson in PA, Endicott of the NEFC will travel to Geneva for Hobart's home opener on Sept 12. The Statesmen will embark on back to back road trips, to Ithaca and then open Liberty League play down in Kings Point vs. the USMMA. The Statesmen will then return home to host LL rival WPI. Another road trip to Springfield on Oct 10 will be the just prior to Hobart's bye week (Oct 17).

Hobart will host RPI and St. Lawrence (in what most will likely view as the LL title rematch game) on Oct 24 and Nov 7. The annual rivalry game at Union happens to fall on Halloween, Oct 31. The 2015 regular season finale will be at the UofR as the Statesmen will look to retain the Centennial Cup against Rochester and rising LL ROTY QB Daniel Bronson.

Overall there's not a lot to nit pick against here with the addition of a two time conference champion OOC game / NCAA playoff rematch. With SLU emerging as a potential Top 25 program in their own right, 2015 could shape up to be quite a year for Hobart.

A link to the 2015 schedule can be found here.

Thanks for reading and go Bart!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Marpet Makes Statesmen Nation Proud In AliBama

Co-Captain and SR OL Ali Marpet held his own with the very best in CFB yesterday and during the week of practice at the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL.

He earned All-Star recognition after the game itself, where he and a dominant performance by the North OL paved the way for a big 34-13 win.

I covered the game via by @ITHuddLLe handle so give us a follow if you haven't already. There's a lot more to write on this topic so stay tuned. More to come later this week.

Go Bart!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Statesmen Look to Impress Pro Scouts

Four Hobart College Statesmen SR FB players have been working hard this off season to impress professional scouts at various levels.

Today at 12:30 PM SR FB Dominique Ellis, SR DE Tyre Coleman and SR OL DeAndre' Smith will suit up to play in the Dream Bowl in Virginia Beach, VA. The game will streamed live at www.dreambowl.net. Scouts from the AFL, CFL and other organizations have been watching the workouts this week.

SR OL Ali Marpet is working hard as part of his preparation for the Reese's Senior Bowl this upcoming weekend. You can check his progress on the NFL Network this week. Reviews and replays of the practices will be broadcast on tape delay at 3 PM ET starting on Tuesday.

Ali is on the "North" team and primarily working as an OG, although he did take a few snaps as a C as well.

Hope everyone is enjoying the MLK Jr Holiday weekend. Thanks for reading and go 'Bart!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Looking Back on 2014....

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a happy, healthy and enjoyable holiday. It's hard to believe it's already 2015! Over the next several months I'll report on any "signings" / new recruit commitments to the Hobart Class of 2019. Before we look to the future, I'd like to do a little retrospective on the 2014 season.

The Hobart College Statesmen came into the 2014 season with high expectations and a bit of a chip on their shoulder after a sub par playoff performance against local and Empire 8 rival Saint John Fisher College in the second round of the 2013 NCAA playoffs.

Given a strong returning core of letter-men the Statesmen were picked to repeat as Liberty League (LL) Champions and return to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. There were some question marks around who would fill in on the OL and whether or not Hobart would evolve into more of a passing team given the graduation of RB Steven Webb.

The OOC schedule had the annual Dickinson game and the addition of back to back road trips to the Boston area which was great for MA and New England based alumni. Unfortunately both Endicott and Curry ended up having down seasons and really didn't provide the Statesmen with much of a challenge.

The LL schedule also proved to be less than challenging at times, at least in September and October. The good news was a lot of underclassmen had opportunities to gain valuable playing time and experience.

As expected Saint Lawrence rose to the occasion and gave Hobart a run for its money. It's hard to point to any other game in the regular season that showed the heart and grit of this season's Statesmen team than that 29-27 triumph over the Saints. The experience from that close and hard fought victory would prove very beneficial for Hobart in the playoffs.

The Statesmen defense would rise to the occasion and SR QB Patrick Conlan would engineer two game winning drives in Round 1 vs. Empire 8 Champion Ithaca and then again in Round 2 vs. Centennial Conference Champion and #7 Johns Hopkins.

Although Hobart's playoff run would end in Dover, DE; the Statesmen earned high marks for battling #4 Wesley close, at least until SR DE Tyre Coleman had to leave the game with an injury.

Hobart's 12-1 mark would tie the programs' record for most wins in a season and the Statesmen would finish the year ranked in the Top 10 in both major polls. Hobart SR OL Ali Marpet and DeAndre Smith would earn All-American recognition from D3football.com and Coleman would add Defensive Player of the Year to his All-American and other recognition.

Although comparison between this and the 2012 team are obvious, the 2014 team definitely had its own personality and definitely left it's mark on the Statesmen program.

While several key positions will need to reload in the 2015, I expect Hobart will once again be viewed as a top contender in the LL and the East Region.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thank You Seniors!

For what will probably be the final post of 2014 I wanted to write a heartfelt THANK YOU to the graduating seniors (and their extended families and friends). As it has been well documented already, these young men have earned the best four year record, 41-5, in the 121 seasons of Hobart Statesmen Football history.

This run is a good reason why Hobart ended up ranked in the Top 10 in both major D3FB 2014 polls. The Statesmen finished the year eighth in the AFCA and ninth in the D3football.com Top 25, respectively.

Without further ado, please join me in looking back on and thanking these great student athletes for their contributions to Hobart College and the Statesmen Football team:

#1 WR Troy Robinson – finishes his career with 56 receptions for 705 yards and six TDs. The third of the Robinson brothers to attend Hobart and a great story on their family can be read here. I think Mr. and Mrs. Robinson deserve a special thank you for sending three outstanding Statesmen to Hobart (not mention handling all that tuition - that alone gets Mr. & Mrs. R a HOF nod in my opinion!).

#2 WR John Fasano – saved his best for last, making one of the biggest catches in Hobart history - a game winning TD in the second round of the NCAA playoffs to help the Statesmen beat #7 Johns Hopkins, 24-21. Fasano caught 60 passes for 797 yards and five TDs in his career.

#3 WR Elvin Souffrant – 46 catches for 1,147 yards and eight TDs. His 86 yard TD and run vs. Dickinson in Week 1 was the third longest scoring pass play in Hobart history.

#4 RB Alex Furtado – listed as a JR by the NCAA but Alex plans to graduate this spring. He played very well in his final season, rushing for 343 yards and six TDs while adding seven catches for 153 yards and one (HUGE vs. SLU) TD.

#12 QB Patrick Conlan – career record as a starter was 22-2. Passed for 3,603 yards and 33 TDs in his career. Also rushed for 264 yards and five TDs overall. A leader on and off the field.

#16 OLB Nolan Toran – played in 41 games racking up 130 tackles, three INTs and scoring on a safety vs. RPI this season.

#18 QB Kyle Bayly – played in 17 games, passed for 202 yards and three TDs in his career.

#21 DB Fajri Jackson – played in 45 games, tallying 149 tackles, 111 of those unassisted. A top cover corner for Hobart during his four year career and decorated LL player.

#24 OLB Matt McGriff – affectionately known as the “Crime Dog” and was a leader on and off the field for Hobart. Played in 30 games, totaling 40 tackles and one INT against Curry in 2014. His dad Jon's "H-O-B-A-R-T" cheers were awesome too.

#33 FB Dominique Ellis – nicknamed the “Horse”, Ellis rushed 235 times for 1,306 and 19 TDs in his 43 game career. Started all four seasons for Hobart and is arguably the best FB ever to suit up in a Statesmen uniform.

#41 DB Jordan Smith – played in 13 games where he made a total of 10 tackles.

#42 LB Jacob Price – played in 38 games making 81 tackles and blocked a kick in the second round of the NCAA playoffs vs. #13/24 Wittenburg.

#55 OL Ali Marpet – played in 41 games, starting at LT from 2012-2014. An all-time great OL for Hobart and is being seriously looked at by pro scouts.

#78 OL DeAndre Smith – played in 35 games and like Marpet, started at OG from 2012-14. Caps his career as a D3football.com All-East Region first team player and third team All-American.

#84 TE Mike Berkowitz – “Berk” played in 42 games, catching 45 passes for 17 TDs. The TD mark is best in Hobart history for a TE and tied for fifth all time on the career TD receptions list. Berkowitz ranks up there with Nico Karagosian '97 as one of the all time best TE's in Hobart history.

#90 DE Tyre Coleman – arguably the best defensive, if not overall player in Hobart history. Four year starter played in 46 games and was a multiple year All-American. 51 sacks ended up being good for second all time in DIII football history and 94.5 TFL was good for third all time. Overall tallied 224 tackles.

#93 DT Ben Dunham-Kapaldo – played in five games in his career.

#99 DT Troy Johnson – an under-appreciated (nationally speaking) DL, Johnson played in 44 games racking up 129 tackles including 10 sacks and 21.5 TFL. Had a career day 3.5 sack and TFL game in the LL Championship bout vs. SLU. A big reason Hobart’s defense was so dominant during the last 4 years was because of “TJ”.

Thanks again for the hard work, sacrifice and dedication of these Statesmen in the Class of 2015.

Happy holidays and New Year to all!