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
 
 
 

Georgetown University has named Tufts assistant coach Patrick Murphy its news offensive coordinator, the fifth assistant coach to come up through the small college ranks to join the current Georgetown staff.

"I am extremely excited to welcome Pat, his wife Lisa and his three daughters Tyler, Riley and Ava to the Hoya football family," said head coach Rob Sgarlata in a news release. "Pat is a detail-oriented teacher and a tireless recruiter who has a proven record of offensive success. He will bring an uptempo and exciting brand of offensive football to the Hilltop."

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 the release.

 
 
"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."

 
Thanks to eb59 at HoyaTalk, here are photos of recent construction at Cooper Field which has razed the west stands for future development:

 
The seats were installed as a temporary stopgap during the 2005 season in preparation for construction on the Multi-Sport Facility which never took place.

In addition, the press boxes were repositioned to the smaller east stands. The current configuration will seat not more than 1,000 during the 2018 football season:

 
 
 
 

An undefeated season does not a title make, but don't tell that to the University of Central Florida. The Knights have declared themselves national champions after its win in the Peach Bowl:

 

A columnist at SB Nation amusingly asks if other undefeated teams of the past have a similar case, and provides this team from the past as evidence of same:

Georgetown does not recognize the 1938 team with such accolades. For the record, Texas Christian (11-0) was awarded the national title by the Associated Press that season, and Georgetown was not ranked in its final Top 20. The Hoyas were ranked #20 with two weeks left in the season, but because GU's schedule ended early (Georgetown played eight instead of ten games that year), the AP voters apparently lost interest and the Dartmouth Indians (7-2) took its place in the final Top 20 poll.

To revisit this remarkable Georgetown season, visit the Football History site for more information.

 
 
Reposted from November, a commentary on improving Georgetown football into 2018. An excerpt:

"Few Georgetown sports are as distractible, so to say, than football. Students come and go, but Georgetown football has been mired in a rut that to the naked eye seems intractable. The numbers following this season's Homecoming game were especially grim: eight straight losses, 16 of its last 17, 24 of its last 28 in the Patriot League since 2011. The 7-0 loss was the first shutout at a Homecoming game in 25 years.

Georgetown has lost ten straight and 18 of its last 19 games. It's the second worst run in the school's history. Worse yet, the status quo isn't working. The October 28 game at Holy Cross went unnoticed as Georgetown's 100th all-time Patriot League game. It has lost 82 of them. In games since 2001 with Colgate, Fordham, and Lehigh, Georgetown is 3-46.

It's not enough to complain about football without understanding how it got here in the first place and what Georgetown University is prepared to do and what it is prepared not to do. It is vital, however, to raise the issues which Georgetown seems glacially slow to discuss, and ask instead how it can be elevated."

 
 

With a season ending injury to the Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz, Nick Foles returns to the starting lineup this weekend versus the New York Giants. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post takes a look back a decade ago, when Foles was recruited to play basketball at Georgetown.

A two sport star at Westlake HS in Austin, TX, the 6-5 Foles was actively recruited by the Hoyas in a recruiting class that eventually brought Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, Mikita Meshcharakou (then known as Nikita Mescheriakov) and Omar Wattad to the Hilltop.

"Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Texas Tech also were recruiting Foles, 6 feet 5, 235 pounds, for basketball," wrote the Arizona Republic in 2006. "He decided in favor of football last fall when he succeeded as a starter at the same high school that produced Drew Brees, now with the New Orleans Saints." Foles signed with Michigan State, but later transferred to Arizona.

Could Foles have been a two-sport star at Georgetown?

The article does not say if Foles was also recruited for football with the Hoyas, although four years earlier Georgetown had tried to recruit former Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan, who opted to walk on at Colorado, and who later set a NCAA record with 58 touchdown passes in a single season at Hawaii. Had Foles suited up on Multi-Sport Field, it may not have been productive for an NFL career--the Hoyas were a combined 7-36 (.162) between 2007 and 2010 under former coach Kevin Kelly, who went through six different starting quarterbacks over those four years.

Of Georgetown's 51 former players that played in the NFL, none was a quarterback.

 

Offensive coordinator Michael Neuberger was fired this week, according to a HOYA column discussing the Hoyas' 1-10 season. This appears to confirm Neuberger's absence from the staff directory earlier this week.

Neuberger's offense was among the nation's worst in 2017, continuing a trend throughout since he succeeded Vinny Marino in 2014. The Hoyas averaged 12.5 points per game in 2017 and ranked last in the nation in time of possession.

Columnist Aidan Curran saves most of his column not on Neuberger, but head coach Rob Sgarlata (C'94, S'12), who has otherwise enjoyed a friendly reputation with campus press over his years on the Hilltop.

"Sgarlata's recruiting tactics have been lukewarm at best," Curran wrote. "Look at Georgetown football's Instagram feed and you will see the hashtag #DefendTheDistrict in many posts...For a coach who has placed an emphasis on establishing a pipeline to take advantage of the talent-rich DMV, the results through four years have been very discouraging."

Curran continues:

"It is important for a rebuilding team like Georgetown to schedule a couple of games against tough opponents to get a true measure of how much they are progressing as a team. However, playing a 14-time Ivy League champion, Harvard, annually, where the games are usually decided by the end of the first quarter, only contributes to a culture of losing." (Note: The Harvard series ended in 2017.)

 

Former Georgetown assistant coach Joe Moorhead was named as the head coach at Mississippi State on Nov. 29.

"Over the last decade, Mississippi State University has built a winning football tradition that has taken our program to unprecedented heights," said MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum in prepared remarks. "My charge to Athletics Director John Cohen was to find a dynamic, innovative new head coach for the Bulldogs who could embrace that winning tradition and build on it. In Coach Joe Moorhead, I think we have found that leader. I'm excited about having Joe, his wife Jennifer, sons Mason and Donovan, and daughter Kyra join our Bulldog family. I have great confidence in Coach Moorhead's commitment to competitive athletic achievement, academic excellence, and consistent integrity in the operation of all phases of our football program."

Moorhead coached under Bob Benson for four seasons on the Hilltop from 2000 through 2003, the latter season as offensive coordinator. He was an assistant at Akron from 2004-08, an assistant at Connecticut from 2009 through 2010, head coach at Fordham from 2011 through 2015, and offensive coordinator at Penn State in 2016 and 2017.

"This season, Penn State ranked in the Top 25 nationally in five different offensive categories, including seventh in points per game (41.6), 16th in passing efficiency (153.5), 17th in yards per play (6.55), 25th in passing yards per game (285.8) and 20th in red zone conversion percentage (91.1), reads the release. "They also produced four 50-point games, representing the most in a Nittany Lions season since 1994."

Moorhead becomes the first Georgetown assistant to be elevated to a major college head coach since John DaGrosa, who coached at Holy Cross from 1945 through 1947.

 

DL Khristian Tate and LB Ahmad Wilson were among five Georgetown players named to the Patriot League's all-league teams announced Nov. 21. A recap is found at GUHoyas.com.

"Colgate led all schools with 13 all-League selections, including nine on the first-team, read a Patriot League news release. "Lehigh and Lafayette tied with nine all-League members apiece; the Mountain Hawks had seven on the first-team offense, while Lafayette had five first-team honorees. Fordham and Bucknell both placed eight on the two squads, while Holy Cross had seven selections and Georgetown earned five spots on the first and second all-League teams. The squad is made up of 33 seniors, 15 juniors, seven sophomores and four freshmen."

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