Here are 15 more Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac products projected to make strong impacts this season for out-of-town schools with Division I-A and I-AA football programs.
T, Navy, Sr.
6-4, 256, St. Joe's Prep
Has started 27 consecutive games. Can be found on the Lombardi Award watch list. Last year, helped Navy rush for 280.5 yards per game (No. 4 in nation) and allow Ricky Dobbs to set an NCAA mark for rushing TDs by a quarterback (27). His brother, Matt, also a SJP product, played at Dartmouth.
DB, Cornell, Jr.
5-8, 184, Chestnut Hill
Earned a rotation spot seven games into his freshman season and has only gotten better. Last year, ranked fourth in the Ivy League in passes defended (10 breakups, one pick) while recording 42 tackles. Made nine stops vs. Yale, and his game vs. Fordham featured an interception and tackle for loss. (His brother, Ibraheim, also a CHA product, is a freshman defensive back at Northwestern.)
WR, Holy Cross, Sr.
6-3, 197, St. Joe's Prep
Has caught passes in 20 consecutive games and managed at least two in all 12 games in '09. Led the team in receiving yards with 818 and his 49 snags produced five TDs. Turned seven catches into 104 yards and a TD in playoff vs. Villanova. (His brother, Tim, also a Prep product, already has logged two strong seasons as Rhode Island's punter. Posted a CAA-best average of 41.5 yards per game in '09.)
DT, Minnesota, Jr.
6-2, 330, Roman
Already boasts two seasons as a regular in the defensive-line rotation and is slated to start at nose tackle. Made eight tackles apiece in '08 and '09. Last season, registered 1 1/2 TFL and notched his first career fumble recovery.
DL, Stony Brook, Jr.
6-1, 265, St. Joe's Prep
Last season, totaled 3 1/2 TFL and 1 1/2 sacks among 39 stops (seventh among DLs in the Big South). Exploded for a career high of seven tackles vs. Coastal Carolina. Finished up extremely strong, witness his 21 tackles over the final four games. Started his career with a bang as a redshirt freshman in '08; six stops in first game.
LB, Columbia, Sr.
6-0, 230, West Catholic
Patience paid off for this former Burr. After seeing no varsity action as a freshman or sophomore, last year he stepped forward to place fourth on the team in tackles (62), 21 of which were solos. Returns as the Lions' second-leading tackler, so expect many more. Made 2 1/2 sacks in '09.
KR/DB, Lehigh, Sr.
5-10, 190, Central
Again will serve the Mountain Hawks as a vital, double-duty headliner. Last year, earned All-Patriot honors at each spot. Finished with 34 total tackles; five apiece vs. Georgetown and Holy Cross. Intercepted a pass and blocked a kick vs. Yale. His 31 kick returns produced 774 yards (Patriot best average of 25.0) and a 92-yard TD.
WR, Harvard, Sr.
6-4, 180, Wood
Somehow was only second-team All-Ivy, even though his league-best, yards-per-catch average of 18.2 was 3 yards better than any other receiver's. Final numbers: 30 catches, 545 yards, with three TDs. Against Yale, caught five passes for 104 yards and the game-winning TD with a little more than a minute remaining. Needs 30 yards for 1,000.
DB, Fla. State, So.
6-2, 226, Roman
After redshirting in '08 (shoulder surgery), he made two starts in 13 appearances last season and then used the spring to earn the No. 1 spot at free safety. Posted 23 solo tackles last season with seven (among 10 stops total) coming against Jacksonville State. Made four tackles apiece vs. North Carolina State and West Virginia (Gator Bowl).
QB, Syracuse, Jr.
6-2, 224, Malvern
Saw spot duty last year and earned the starting position for 2010 off his performances in spring drills and training camp. His best '09 outing, after entering midway through the game, included seven completions in 16 attempts for 120 yards and two TDs vs. West Virginia. Overall stats: 36-for-68, 422 yards, three TDs.
DT, Rutgers, Sr.
6-2, 274, SJ Prep
Won an award during 2010 spring camp for displaying "extraordinary mental and physical toughness" after garnering an '09 camp award for most improved defensive player. Made 20 tackles last season as the nose tackle starter, with 13 coming in the final seven games. Notched a career high of four vs. Connecticut. Fifth-year senior.
C, Cornell, Sr
6-2, 277, Malvern
Described as a "tough competitor and outstanding teammate," he moved up from second string in '08 to make all 10 starts in '09. Helped the offense average 301 yards with a high of 552 vs. Fordham.
WR, Towson, So.
6-3, 205, Judge
Made an immediate true-freshman impact and started four times in the Tigers' final five games. Wound up with 18 catches for 190 yards, and his first start yielded five snags. Managed four in a late-season contest vs. Villanova. Lauded by coaching staff for his ability to make catches in traffic.
QB, Rutgers, So.
6-5, 226, O'Hara
A sensational freshman season has placed him on awards watch lists for '10. Passed for 2,211 yards (sixth in school history; best by a true freshman in Big East history) and 14 TDs. Made the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team, matching the feat of Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Chad Henne and Ben Roethlisberger.
DB, Delaware, Sr.
6-1, 200, O'Hara
Has turned heads throughout his 37-game career (all starts). Last year, earned first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association honors after making 40 unassisted stops and defending 11 passes (10 breakups, one pick). Recorded five or more tackles seven times. Blue Hens' active career leader in tackles (183), solo stops (129), interceptions (nine) and breakups (23).
- Ted Silary