By Brian Willwerth
WALTHAM, Mass. – Bill Kavanaugh is starting his second season as the head coach at Bentley University, and is looking to keep the momentum going from a team that won four of its last five games in 2014. On Tuesday, we caught up with the coach after practice.
First and foremost, there is a quarterback competition going on in Waltham. Matt Montalto and C.J. Scarpa are vying for the starting job.
“Both kids, we have confidence, can lead our team,” said Kavanaugh. “So we feel really good about that. But we’re just not sure which way we’re going to lean.”
Kavanaugh has his leading rusher returning this season, Martin Bannerman, who scored five touchdowns in 2014. The coach also feels good about his depth on the offensive line and at the wide receiver position. Offensive lineman Matt Biscardi has been named a co-captain.
The defensive line consists of four seniors – Jeff Amell, Quincy Giles, Paul Norris and Bob Richman. The latter three are co-captains.
“As they go, our team will go. We know they’re going to be working as hard and competing as hard as anybody across the country,” said Kavanaugh.
In the secondary, the coach is happy to see some young guys stepping in at linebacker. There is also some experience at the defensive back position.
Bentley opens the season on Saturday, September 5 at Mercyhurst.
“The guys are ready to get into the groove and play a football game. They’re tired of seeing each other, and we’re tired of seeing them against each other,” said Kavanaugh.