By Brian Willwerth
EASTON, Mass. — The Stonehill College Skyhawks are looking to improve on last year’s 5-6 record. On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to catch up with the team at practice, on a hot and humid day at W.B. Mason Stadium.
After using several different quarterbacks in 2014, Matt Foltz will be leading the offense this year. He went 2-1 in the three games last year. He was very effective with his legs, scoring six touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, he completed nearly 64% of his passes, throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions.
“He’s really coming along,” said head coach Robert Talley. “He has a really good grasp of the offense, and every day he seems to improve.”
One of the players Foltz will try to get the ball to is wide receiver – and co-captain – Gordon McLeod. He has 1,350 receiving yards in his Stonehill career.
“We expect to be fast,” said McLeod. “We weren’t too consistent last year….so that’s what we’re striving for.”
The running game will be led by tailback Colin Markus, whom Talley called “a game breaker.” Markus rushed for over 700 yards and five touchdowns in 2014.
The Skyhawks’ defense — ranked first in the Northeast-10 last year in just about every single category — lost some players to graduation, including two key members of the secondary, so others will need to step up and fill the void.
“We’re pretty talented on that side of the ball. It’s just a matter of how quickly we can come together as one unit,” said Talley.
Talley said special teams have been a strong point, and he expects this year to be no different. Kicker Steve Grzywacz is a four-year starter.
Stonehill opens the season on the road, on September 5 against the Huskies of Bloomsburg University.