POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- With eight returning starters, and plenty of depth and experience across the board, the Marist offense is poised for a breakout 2012 season.
The team's top two quarterbacks have earned plenty of game experience the last two seasons. The running back position is deep and talented. Several wide receivers and tight ends have enjoyed big games. After breaking in five new starters two seasons ago, the offensive line has matured with experience.
QUARTERBACKPosition Coach - Jim Parady
Marist's top two quarterbacks from last season - red-shirt senior Tommy Reilly and junior Chuckie Looney - return. Looney started the first three games of last season before giving way to Reilly. Against Campbell on Oct. 15, Looney suffered a foot injury in relief of Reilly and was lost for the remainder of the season.
Reilly set the program's single-season records for completions, attempts and yards in 2010. Looney has been elected a captain for the upcoming season. Junior Duell Smith will also compete for playing time.
RUNNING BACKPosition Coach - Marc Bourque
Marist brings back two of its top three rushers from last season in fifth-year senior Calvin McCoy and junior Atiq Lucas. The Red Foxes lost senior Ryan Dinnebeil, a solid all-around back who excelled in short-yardage situations and scored 21 career touchdowns.
The Red Foxes brought in eight freshman running backs in 2011. Although only one (Emmanuel Onakoya) saw significant playing time during the season, several made major strides in spring ball and will be in the mix for playing time this season, including Max Jacques, Jared Lynch, and Louis Cotrone.
WIDE RECEIVERPosition Coach - Nate Fields
Marist lost its most productive receiver in senior Kevin Fitzpatrick, who caught 97 career passes and did not miss a game in his four years. However, this is one of the deepest areas on the team.
Fifth-year senior Michael Rios returns after missing the last nine games of last season with a hamstring injury. Junior Armani Martin and senior Bartley Leneghan both made the most of extended playing time last season, as each had a 100-yard game.
TIGHT ENDPosition Coach - Nate Fields
Senior Anthony Calcagni enjoyed a breakout 2011 season, as he caught 40 passes for 494 yards while tying for the team lead with five touchdowns. Calcagni is a big (6-foot-4) target who can stretch the field. Junior David Diomede should see action when the team uses multiple tight end sets, and can give Calcagni a breather.
OFFENSIVE LINEPosition Coach - Bill Roos
The line is anchored by senior right tackle Phede Celestin, who was named First Team All-PFL last season and has started every game the last two seasons. The Red Foxes also return several players with considerable experience, including center Michael Brereton (a one-and-a-half year starter), guard/tackle Rocco Manfre, guard Brandon Castelbuono, tackle Peter Evans and guard A.J. Borriello.