Aug. 24, 2015
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Georgetown was picked at the bottom of the Patriot League Football preseason poll, but the Hoyas hope key returnees on offense and continued strong play from the defense will result in a turnaround in 2015.
Rob Sgarlata is in his second season as head coach after leading the Hoyas to a 3-8 overall mark and a 1-5 Patriot League record last year, with Georgetown winning its finale with a 21-16 victory over Holy Cross. The Hoyas hope to gain ground as the starting quarterback and running back and two starting receivers are back on offense and a defense that has shown it can replace top players will do so again this season.
A preview of the 2015 Georgetown Hoyas season is included below, with a look at the offense, defense, special teams and schedule as well as links to team information. Video interviews with Georgetown Head Coach Rob Sgarlata and student-athletes Jo’el Kimpela and Matthew Satchell are also available on Patriot League Network.
HEAD COACH: Rob Sgarlata, 2nd Season at Georgetown: 3-8 Overall/Georgetown, 1-5 Patriot League
2014 RECORD: 3-8 overall, 1-5 Patriot League (7th place)
PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL: 7th
PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Ettian Scott (Sr., DB)
OFFENSE: The Hoyas only averaged 13.5 points per game last season, but can look for improvement behind returning starters at quarterback (Kyle Nolan), running back (Jo’el Kimpela) and wide receiver (Jake DeCicco, Justin Hill). Nolan threw for 1,763 yards and nine touchdowns last season, while Kimpela rushed for 838 yards and three scores. DeCicco caught 43 passes for 446 yards and two scores while Hill hauled in 31 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Kevin Liddy is the leader on the offensive line which does lose some key pieces, including second-team All-League honoree Mike Roland.
DEFENSE: Georgetown has a history of replacing standout players on defense, and the Hoyas face that task again as three All-Patriot League players are gone from the unit, including first-team honorees Alec May on the defensive line and Nick Alfieri at linebacker. The Hoyas do have a Preseason All-League member in the defensive backfield in Ettian Scott (40 TT, 4 INT, 12 PBU), and also bring back the team’s second-leading tackler in linebacker Matthew Satchell (92 TT). Four of the team’s top five tacklers are gone, so the Hoyas will look for players like defensive back Garrett Powers (49 TT, 3 INT) and linebacker Tyrell Williams (47 TT) to step up.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Georgetown has experience at both of the kicking positions, with Harry McCollum (42.1 average) back at punter and Henry Darmstadter (7-10 FG) as the placekicker. There is little experience at the kick return spot, but DeCicco served as the team’s punt return man last season.
SCHEDULE: The Hoyas will play their non-League slate over the first five weeks of the season. They begin the year at St. Francis (Pa.) (Sept. 5), then have back-to-back home games against Marist (Sept. 12) and Dartmouth (Sept. 19) before a two-game Ivy League road trip to Columbia (Sept. 26) and Harvard (Oct. 2). Patriot League play opens with two home games as Lafayette (Oct. 10) and Colgate (Oct. 17) come to town, with a road trip next to Bucknell (Oct. 24) and Lehigh (Oct. 31). After a bye week, Georgetown concludes the season at home against Fordham (Nov. 14) and at Holy Cross (Nov. 21).