After a number of years of declining interest in Georgetown by some Ivy League schools, Brown University has announced a four year series with Georgetown beginning in the 2023 season.

The school's release of future schedules for the next eight years is lean on PL schools but includes season openers with the Hoyas in the 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027 seasons.

Georgetown is 1-5 all time versus Brown.

 

Now there's a word you don't hear at Georgetown.

But football columnist Craig Haley puts Georgetown on a list of possible I-AA/FCS playoff contenders, per this link to the Associated Press.

"The Hoyas' porous history - only one winning season since 1999 - would seem to preclude them from playoff discussion, but they were the surprise of the Patriot League last year, facing eventual champ Colgate in a matchup of 3-0 league teams in late October," he writes. "There's no shortage of playmakers as coach Rob Sgarlata returns 15 starters, led by third-year quarterback Gunther Johnson on offense and defensive end Khristian Tate, who had a league-high 10 sacks, and linebacker Wes Bowers on defense."

Given the Hoyas' strength of schedule, the more realistic path to the playoffs is likely the PL title.

 

A pair of transfers are among five newcomers announced to complete the roster for the 2019 Georgetown Hoyas.

Cooper Melton, a 6-3 WR, joins the Hoyas this fall. Melton was a preferred walk on at Tennessee who saw no game action in two seasons for the Volunteers, but set school records in high school with 146 receptions for 2,281 yards and 27 touchdowns. Melton announced a transfer to Georgetown at the end of his fall semester but transfer admissions are not final until June.

He will be joined by Davis Walker, a place kicker from Potomac MD who played one season at Tulane, along with high school commits Jonathan Higgins (DB, Pembroke Pines, FL), Michael Hussey (LB, Media, PA), and Joshua Staley (RB, Madisonville, TN).

The five newcomers will succeed eight players from the 2018 roster not returning in 2019; seven of the eight will remain as students:

Name Pos. Ht Wt Stats
Andre Danove DB 5/9 170 Two seasons, 19 games, 28 tackles
Antonio Griffith-Keaton DB 6/2 205 One season, no game action
Zaccariah McBride P/K 6/1 175 One season, no game action
Oliver Hill K 5/11 168 Two seasons, four games
Tim Casilli LB 6/2 215 One season, no game action
Seth Martin OL 6/4 285 One season (2017), six games, three starts
Izaiah Thompson OL 6/4 280 Two seasons, no game action
Alex Ederson [1] OL 6/3 290 One season, six games
[1] Transfer to West Texas A&M

 

Weather delays may place the timetable for seating at Cooper Field at risk.

A recent photo of the construction above shows significant work to be done to have seating and facility improvements in time for the season opener on September 7 for the long-delayed facility.

The removal of the west stands in the summer of 2018 was designed to give the project enough time to complete the necessary excavation, foundation, and seating requirements to have the facility open by the start of the 2019 season. With 12 weeks remaining, much of the area is still sand and vertical construction of seating and press areas appears to be further down the road.

A view to the west is obscured by a temporary construction wall:



Portions of the 1,500 seat east stands, which were used as a stopgap last year, appear to be dismantled and are not usable for seating at this point:


 
 

Street and Smith's pre-season annual has given Colgate the nod to repeat as Patriot League champions.

Beyond that, the writers simply followed the 2018 end of season standings for its picks:

1. Colgate (10-2 in 2018, 6-0 PL)
2. Holy Cross (5-6, 4-2 PL)
3. Georgetown (5-6, 4-2 PL)
4. Fordham (2-9, 2-4 PL)
5. Lafayette (3-8, 2-4 PL)
6. Lehigh (3-8, 2-4 PL)
7. Bucknell (1-10, 1-5 PL)

 
 

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