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2018 Team Previews – Notre Dame GP (11)

Written by: on Friday, July 6th, 2018

 

Head Coach: Philip Stambaugh (8thyear, 64-25)

Assistant Coaches: Anthony Casciano, Tom Campanaro, Rob Irving, Mike Chando, Scott Vaughn, Lloyd Brooks, Mike Kaulius, Jon Moran, Duke Giovannini, Mike Carroll

Team Name: Notre Dame Green Pond Crusaders

2017 Record: 9-3, 8-2 Colonial League

Key Starters lost: Gerald Grube III, Tucker Eighmy, Mikey DeGaetano, Danny O’Hare, Sammy Viera, Brandon Clark

Offensive Starters Returning: (7) Sr. QB Cole DeFranco, 6-0, 190, Sr., WR-RB, Isaiah Dejesus, 5-8, 180, Sr., WR, Ethen Aquino, 5-11, 170, Sr., WR David Sanders, 6-3, 180, Jr., OL, Andrew Stackhouse, 6-2, 260, Sr., OL, Connor McFadden, 5-9, 190, So., OL Lex Rivera, 6-3, 220

Defensive Starters Returning: (8) Sr., LB-DB, Isaiah Dejesus, 5-8, 180, Sr., DB, Ethen Aquino, 5-11, 170, Jr., DL, Andrew Stackhouse, 6-2, 260, Sr., LB Jake Gillen, 5-11, 175, Sr., LB Jack O’Hagan, 5-11, 190, Sr., LB Blaze Koplin, 6-0, 190, Jr., LB Andy Matisz, 5-11, 185, Sr., DL Phil Caiazzo, 5-9, 180

Special Team Starters Returning: (3) Sr., K Alex Garrido, 5-9, 180, Jr., LS Andrew Stackhouse, 6-2, 260, Sr., KR/PR, Isaiah Dejesus, 5-8, 180

Key Newcomers:  Sr., OL/DL Anthony Schiraldi, 6-0, 270, Jr., DB Ben Carlin, 5-8, 155, Jr., RB Christian Greggo, 5-8, 160, Jr., WR Kobe Smith, 5-8, 150, Jr., WR Andrew Darno, 6-0, 160, So., OL/DL Tyler Lissy, 6-1, 225, Jr., OL/DL Max Dillman, 6-1, 210, Jr., OL/LB Liam Carroll, 6-0, 175, Sr., P Anthony DeMasi, 6-1, 175, Sr., WR/DB Jakob Stubits, 5-10, 165, Jr., OL/DL Eshan Swartz, 5-9, 200, So., DB Joe Galle, 5-10, 160, Jr., DB Alex Garcia, 5-7, 155, Jr., LB Matt Dittmar, 6-1, 160, So., LB William Jordan, 5-11, 160

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: DeFranco, Aquino, Sanders, Dejesus

Key Stats: DeFranco – 3,424 Yds. Passing & 31 Passing TDs, Dejesus – 1,390 All-Purpose Yds. (64-874 Receiving) & 10 Total TDs + 62 Total Tackles, Sanders – 159 Receiving Yds. & 3 TDs, Aquino – 366 All-Purpose Yds. + 7 Def. INTs & 41 Total Tackles, J.Gillen – 89 Total Tackles & 6 Sacks, Koplin – 64 Total Tackles & 6 Sacks, Matisz – 57 Total Tackles, P.Caiazzo – 55 Total Tackles, O’Hagan – 7 Sacks, A.Garrido – 48/56 PATs

2018 Outlook: Returning a bunch of players with experience, working to be at the top of the League, District & State.  Program numbers are growing – expecting to carry 75-80 players on roster.

Offense: QB (DeFranco) returns with good weapons (Dejesus, Sanders & Aquino) surrounding him from league’s top offense a year ago. 3 potential starters (Darno, Greggo & Smith) had big years on JV team. OL should have much more consistency – lots of returning experience from platooning last season.

Defense: Defense that was 4thin league looks to improve all-around from ’17. Flexibility and versatility with the numbers we have in our defensive interior.

Special Team: Graduated FCS K (Eighmy) to Lehigh University and we return a strong experienced K (A.Garrido) who will take over more of the kicking duties that were formerly split up the last 2 seasons. Lots of experience returning in this group – many underclassmen lettered last year through the special teams.

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