Hoya Notes: From The Desk of Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly

Sept. 10, 2013

Hoya Notes -

From The Desk of Kevin Kelly

Dear family, friends and fans,

Thank you to everyone who came out and made this past weekend a special one for the Georgetown football program. It was nice to see so many alumni able to make it for the Scotty Glacken reception at the Leavey Center on Friday night and we were all appreciative of the turnout for the game on Saturday night.

David Alexander was the honored guest and it was interesting to talk to him about his time at Georgetown. I had to text Pete Lembo (current Head Coach at Ball State), who was coached by Alexander at Georgetown, when he said that he knew Pete would end up in coaching when he played at Georgetown.

Saturday's sellout crowd was a great way to start the home schedule! The atmosphere was appreciated by everyone in our program, especially our student-athletes. We are looking forward to playing in front of great crowds like that throughout the season. As for the game, I thought we started a little slow, but then picked it up in all three phases of the game. On offense, I thought we did some nice things. We moved the ball well and that is a credit to the game that Isaiah played. He was our offensive player of the game and deserving of the Patriot League weekly honorable mention. Zack Wilke also had a very good day on offense and I was pleased with how the offensive line played all game.

On defense, once we settled in, we played well and held Davidson to six points. Hunter Kiselick was our defensive player of the game. Kiselick and Jordan Richardson helped us keep the game scoreless with the blocked field goal on Davidson's first drive. I thought Sean Campbell also had a real nice game for us and Dustin Wharton helped swing the momentum in our favor with his interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half.

I was proud of the way that all of our special teams units played. Matt MacZura had one of his best games in a Georgetown uniform, with three punts downed inside their 20 yard line and two inside the five. He was also six-for-six on extra points. Ben Priddy, a freshman, came in and did a nice job and our kick-off coverage unit held their average drive start to the 25 yard line. I already talked about Kiselick and Jordan Richardson and Ettian Scott did a nice job of blocking an extra point and nearly running it back in the first quarter.

Still, improvement has been the theme of this week. After watching the film, we talked to the guys about continuing to improve and not allowing themselves to be satisfied with our win on Saturday. Each week will get tougher and we need to make the most of the last two practices this week before our game with Marist. Marist is coming off a pair of losses, but we know that Coach Parady will have his team ready for Saturday.

As a bit of trivia, Kevin Doherty, Coach Parady and I were grad assistants together on Dick MacPherson's (Cam MacPherson's grandfather) staff at Syracuse in 1987, when the Orange went to the 1988 Sugar Bowl.

Thank you again for coming out to the Davidson game and we hope to see all of you this week for Marist!

Win the Day!

Coach Kelly

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