Wide receiver Brandon Williams was named the 2018 recipient of the Joseph Eacobacci memorial jersey at the annual spring banquet.

 
The prior recipients include the following:

Matt Fronczke (2003)
Michael Ononibaku (2004,05)
Alex Buzbee (2006)
Steven Smith (2007)
Nick Umar (2008)
Robert Lane (2009)
Nick Parrish (2010)
Wayne Heimuli (2011)
Kevin Sullivan (2012)
Sean Campbell (2013)
Nick Alfieri (2014)
Jo'el Kimpela (2015)
Tim Barnes (2016,17)
David Akere (2017)

Additional award winners were as follows:

Al Blozis Most Valuable Player Award -- Khristian Tate, DL

George A. Murtaugh Award for Outstanding Lineman -- Bryan Jefferson, DL

John L. Hagerty Award for Outstanding Back -- Jelani Williamson, DB

Special Teams Player of the Year -- Isaac Ellsworth, KR

Jeremiah Minihan Coaches' Award -- Jake Johnson, RB; Alex Valles, RB

John D. Burke Award for Outstanding Courage and Spirit -- Kendall Catching, DL; Daniel Yankovich, LB

Mush Dubofsky Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete -- Jim McLaughlin, WR

Iron Hoyas Strength & Conditioning Award -- Bryan Jefferson, DL

The Belt Award -- John Oblachinski, TE; Warren Wynn, LS

Tyrell Williams Award -- Tim Barnes, QB

 

A century removed from the Great War which made him a household name, Georgetown's original mascot returns in a feature length animation film this weekend.

Titled "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero", the film features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Gerard Depardieu, telling the story of the World War I battles which made the bull terrier famous, years before he assumed his place in Hoya history at halftime of Georgetown football games.

"There are no talking animals or wink-wink pop culture asides a la Pixar, but rather straightforward dramatic scenes depicting shell-shocked troops in combat, mustard gas attacks and even a few casualties," writes the Hollywood Reporter. "Unlikely to be a box-office smash, the well-assembled period piece could still appeal to children old enough to grasp its themes, while serving as a valuable educational tool to teach them about a war that ended nearly a century ago."

"It's just an incredible, incredible story," said the film's military advisor, Mike Stokey. "He captured a spy, for crying out loud."

For more on the story of Sgt. Stubby (and yes, he earned the rank of sergeant), check out the feature at the Georgetown Football History Project.

 
 

Georgetown confirmed the addition of Rob Spence as offensive coordinator, as noted yesterday on this site.

"I have known Coach Spence for my entire coaching career and he brings an impressive coaching resume to the Hilltop," said coach Rob Sgarlata. "More importantly, he is a man of high character who believes in the Jesuit ideal of being Men for Others. I am extremely excited to add a person of Coach Spence's integrity to our staff. He is an experience, detail-oriented teacher who will have an immediate, positive impact on our program."

"The opportunity to coach at Georgetown University and experience the rich culture and tradition of the Jesuit mission is an incredible opportunity," Spence said. "I am privileged and honored to be a part of the Hoya community as well as serve Coach Sgarlata, the staff and the student-athletes I am responsible to lead."

The staff also announced the passing of Elijah Davis, 14, who had been associated with the team as part of the Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancer diagnoses.

 
 
 

Spring practice features a new arrival in Rob Spence, a 60 year old veteran of offensive football, with stops at seven different teams over the last nine years and 13 schools since 1992.

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A 1981 graduate of Iona, Spence began his college coaching tenure at Maryland in 1992, followed four years later by Hofstra (1997-99), Louisiana Tech (2000), and Toledo (2001-04) before becoming the offensive coordinator at Clemson in 2005. He enjoyed his greatest success under coach Terry Bowden, where the Tigers finished among the top four in the ACC in total offense three straight seasons.

Following a 9-4 season in 2007, Bowden started the 2008 season 3-3 and was replaced by wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney, who promptly fired Spence. Since then, Spence has not stayed at any college program more than two seasons. He served as offensive coordinator at Syracuse in 2009, where the Orangemen finished 4-8 and head coach Doug Marrone named himself the OC the following season. Spence continued at Temple in 2010, Bethune Cookman in 2011, and Rutgers in 2012, serving two seasons as quarterbacks coach under Kyle Flood, but was fired in 2013.

A two year detour to the high school ranks led Spence to Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2016, where the Mocs finished 9-4 under Russ Huesman. But when Huesman left for Richmond, Spence was on the road again, this time to Morgan State, where the Bears finished 1-10. Out went head coach Fred Farrier, and, well, you guessed it, Spence was on the move.

Veteran coaches have struggled at Georgetown in the Patriot League era, from Elliot Uzelac to Jim Miceli. Within a career which has seen its highs and lows, Spence will attempt to resuscitate a flatlining Georgetown offense which was among the weakest in the nation in 2017, finishing 120th of 123 teams in scoring offense and rushing, and 123rd in time of possession.

The job became available in an unusual manner. Not six weeks after Georgetown named Tufts assistant Patrick Murphy its new offensive coordinator, Murphy left Georgetown for a similar position at Holy Cross, as announced by that school.

Murphy served as offensive coordinator at Tufts during the 2017 season, where the Jumbos finished 5-4. Prior to Tufts, Murphy was the head coach at St. Anselm, with an overall record of 19-65 from 2008 to 2015. Previous collegiate stops included Massachusetts-Lowell (1997-01), Bryant (2002), and Harvard (2003).

"I look forward to recruiting elite talent in the DMV again, developing our players, putting together an explosive offense and competing for a Patriot League Championship," Murphy said in January's Georgetown release. Now, he's in Worcester.

The Holy Cross release does not mention Georgetown nor the circumstances of Murphy's departure. For its part, Georgetown has not announced any change. One assistant coaching position, posted in February, remains unfilled entering spring practice.

 
 

The 2018 roster was posted at GUHoyas.com, with 28 freshmen added and five rising seniors not listed as returning to the roster this fall.

Among the seniors not listed: QB Clay Norris (9 starts over two seasons), RB Christian Bermudez (11 starts over two seasons), A.J. Schimmelpfenig (40 tackles last season), OL Micah Smith, and TE Nathan Vonder Haar. Junior DL Marquis Parris (three starts in 2017) is also not listed.

 
 

Founded in 1953, the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame is believed to be the oldest collegiate hall of fame of its kind. On Friday, two former football players were honored in festivities at the Leavey Center.

From the class of 1997, Janne Kouri (B'97) was the dominant defensive tackle of the decade as Georgetown posted three consecutive winning seasons from 1994 through 1996. Kouri's 31.5 career sacks remains a school record.

A teammate of Kouri for three seasons, Steve Iorio (B'98)led the Hoyas to the 1997 MAAC championship, still holding the Georgetown career marks for rushing yards and rushing attempts. His 26 career rushing touchdowns is second all-time to all-American Johnny Gilroy (1915-17), and is one of only six football players that ever received the Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Award, Georgetown's highest athletic honor.

Kouri and Iorio joined a list of sixty-two former football players in the Hall of Fame, dating back to the class of 1895.

Other inductees included Ebiho Ahonkhai (F'97, women's basketball), Dan Martin (C'97, men's lacrosse), Matt Rienzo (C'97, men's lacrosse), Melissa Tytko (B'99, volleyball), and Paul Tagliabue (C'62, official). In addition, a special presentation at Friday's event, titled the "Letterwinner of Distinction", was posthumously awarded to James Higgins (C'70).

 
 

Georgetown completed its recruiting list for the Class of 2022 Wednesday, signing 23 prospects to the five signed in December.

"Today we welcome an additional 23 members of the Class of 2022 to join our five early commitments to the Hoya football family," said head coach Rob Sgarlata in a news release. "I am extremely grateful to our staff for their tireless efforts to bring a very talented class to the Hilltop. The class totals 28 extremely accomplished student-athletes from 16 different states and consists of 23 team captains and 25 multi-sport athletes. The high number of states represented is a testament to the tremendous power of the Georgetown brand."

Georgetown's 23 member February class is the largest class in the Patriot League. The other six schools signed the majority of its class in the new December early signing period, which Georgetown signed only five.

The Georgetown class does not appear on any national rankings, although such rankings are highly speculative below the major college level. The web site Hero Sports published a list of the top 250 signings in the Division I-AA/FCS subdivision, with nine signees in its list from other Patriot League schools. Four signees were rated with two stars on the Rivals.com database, while one was a three star, which equates to its top 750 in the class.

Position-wise, Georgetown went big on offensive and defensive linemen, with 11 additions. Only one running back was signed, something to watch given Georgetown's poor performance last season on the ground and the loss of seniors Alex Valles and Isaac Ellsworth. The three returning backs combined for only 111 yards all last season.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022--here's the list:

December: Pos Ht Wt Home Town Ranking
Dylan Hatajik WR 6-3 185 East Lyme, CT
Mac Hollensteiner OL 6-6 275 Bethesda, MD
Liam McHale TE 6-6 220 New York, NY
Micah McNeil DB 5-10 185 Olney, MD Rivals 2-star
T.J. Thomas OL 6-4 290 Newark, DE
 
February:
Ben Amadi DL 6-1 275 Baltimore, MD Rivals 2-star
Neal Azar OL 6-2 290 Norfolk, VA
Isaiah Byrd DL 6-1 290 Vero Beach, FL
Tim Casilli LB 6-2 215 Cumberland, RI
Anthony Childress LB 6-2 205 Capitol Heights, MD
Quincy Chinwuko DE 6-4 250 Sikeston, MO
Cameron Crayton WR 6-1 180 Rowlett, TX Rivals 2-star
Alex Ederson OL 6-3 290 Ft. Worth, TX
Justin Fonteneaux LB 6-1 215 Houston, TX
Ibrahim Kamara DE 6-4 220 Somerset, NJ Rivals 3-star
Reginald Lee DL 6-0 290 Sunrise, FL
Lorenzo Linsey QB 6-2 195 Monticello, KY Rivals 2-star
Zach McBride P 6-1 175 Upper Marlboro, MD
Herman Moultrie III RB 5-11 180 Columbus, OH
Palmer Nix LB 6-1 205 Heath, TX
David Owens DE 6-2 220 Charlotte, NC
Sergio Portobanco TE 6-4 220 New York, NY
Delano Salgado DB 5-11 175 Laveen Village, AZ
Alden Simms LB 6-2 210 Dayton, OH
Josh Stevens OL 6-5 275 Ruskin, FL
Joshua Tomas WR 5-11 175 University Park, IL
Brady Weas DE 6-2 230 Whitefish Bay, WI
Zaire Webb DB 5-10 175 Cleveland, OH
 
 
 
"We don't have something that's self-sustained. It's not like Clemson or Alabama where you wake up next fall and, you know, here we go again. So you really have to almost reinvent the wheel every year."

Such are the thoughts from Georgetown football alumnus David Goracy (C'71) on the state of the Georgetown fan base, which is enduring one of the worst runs in Georgetown's 143 years of college football. Thursday's Georgetown Voice talked to some of the alumni leaders in the program whose loyalty remains undaunted in spite of the growing imbalance on the field.

"The fanbase has changed quite a bit [since 1968]," noted Bruce Simmons (B'69), a former Hoya quarterback and a prior Gridiron Club president. "[In] that day it was 99.9 percent students and dates, and now it is, I would guess, 65 percent alumni and parents and 35 percent undergrads."

Students seem equally nonplussed about the game time environment.

"I don't know who I would classify as our Georgetown football rival," said Maeve Healy (C'18), president of Hoya Blue, an organization whose appearances at football games has trailed off significantly over the years. "We have Syracuse and we have Villanova for basketball. I don't see the same thing there with football."

"No one that I know is upset with the football team," said Andrew Geiger (C'99) of SB Nation. "People just don't care enough to be upset."

"I think for sure most alumni would like to have a good football team, and if there's some solution that alumni can come together to donate to, or whatever we need to do to make that happen, I think we certainly would."

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