Marist Football Preview - Offense
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- With one full week of training camp in the books, here is a look at Marist football team's offense heading into the 2013 season.
Position Coach: Jim Parady
Senior Chuckie Looney, a captain for the second straight year, has made 13 career starts and appeared in 23 career games. In 2012, he set the program’s single-season record with 18 touchdown passes. His efficiency rating of 156.4 ranked fifth in the FCS. With 29 career touchdown passes, Looney enters his senior season tied for first in program history. Senior Duell Smith, who has seen game action each of the last two seasons, projects as Looney’s primary backup.
Position Coach: Jake Dembow
This is one of the deepest areas on the team. Senior Atiq Lucas missed all of last season due to injury, but currently projects as the starter after coming off an outstanding spring. In his freshman and sophomore years, Lucas ran for a total of 359 yards. The carries should be split up in the Marist backfield. Junior Wale Onakoya is an explosive back who averaged 5.3 yards per carry last season, and had an 85-yard touchdown run at Valparaiso. The Red Foxes will have to replace Calvin McCoy, who led the team in rushing yards each of the last three seasons.
Marist utilizes both multi-receiver sets and two-back sets. Junior Louis Cotrone and senior Connor Shugrue are projected as the Red Foxes’ top two fullbacks this season. Cotrone saw action in 10 games last season, and had a touchdown rushing and a touchdown receiving last season.
Position Coach: Marc Bourque
The Red Foxes will attempt to replace the contributions of Michael Rios, the program’s all-time record holder in receiving touchdowns who set single-season program records with 1,173 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season. However, Marist does return a significant amount of contributors from last season.
Senior Armani Martin figures to be a signficant contributor after catching 21 passes for 286 yards last season before suffering a season-ending injury. Junior Matt Tralli was third on the team with 30 receptions for 335 yards last season. His brother, junior Joe Tralli, averaged 17.0 yards per catch last year (16 receptions, 272 yards). Fifth-year senior Bartley Leneghan will be in the mix for significant playing time after missing last season due to injury. In 2011, Leneghan had a team-high 18.8 yards per reception. Junior Joshua Royce caught three passes for 71 yards in five games last year.
Position Coach: Pete Mahoney
Marist will look to replace the contributions of Anthony Calcagni, a two-year starter who was second on the team in receptions (32), receiving yards (351) and receiving touchdowns (four) last season. Senior David Diomede has been the number two tight end the last two seasons, and had five receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown in 2012. Fifth-year senior Albert Wright returns after missing last season due to injury, and will be in the mix for playing time.
Position Coach: Nate Fields
The Red Foxes return all five starters from last year. Peter Evans, Rocco Manfre, and Phede Celestin are fifth-year seniors, with Celestin having earned First Team All-PFL honors each of the last two years. He and senior Brandon Castelbuono figure to anchor the line on the right side. Junior Mike Mangino earned the starting center job early last season, and is line to once again be the starter.
There is also plenty of depth in this area, as Michael Brereton, Jack Meussner and Kyle Bakker have all started during their careers. Sophomore Ryan Schneider will compete for significant playing time as well.
Marist will open to the 2013 season at home against Sacred Heart on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. A postgame fireworks show will follow the contest. Single-game tickets are available for pruchase here.