HIRAM, OHIO — The 2010 Hiram College Terrier football team will enter the season with 36 returning letterwinners and 15 starters with first-year Head Coach Randy Moore and almost entirely new coaching staff taking over the program.
“I am excited to be the new head football coach at Hiram College,” said Moore. “Hiram is a great college that deserves to have a successful football program. The coaching staff, returning players, incoming freshmen and transfers have all worked hard and are looking forward to the 2010 season being initial step in the rebuilding journey.”
The offense will be led by second-year signal caller Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay). As a freshman, Rehor played in all 10 games and completed 118-of-215 passes for 991 yards and five touchdowns. Back to lead the rushing attack will be junior Rodney Jacobs (St. Petersburg, Fla./Seminole) and sophomore Chris Austin (Cleveland/Glenville).
The tandum accounted for 585 of the team’s 799 rushing yards last fall with Austin leading the team in both attempts (105) and yards (299). He also recorded one TD and had a 2.8 yards per carry average. Jacobs led the team in yards per carry average at 4.0 and ended the 2009 campaign with 286 yards in 308 attempts. Also look for senior Luke Lewis (Fremont/St. Joseph) to see his share of carries. He led the Terriers in TD on the ground as a junior with three to go along with 182 yards in 62 carries.
The receiving corps will have its share of youth and inexperience in 2010, but will return senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference wideout Glenn Campbell (Akron/Bucthel). Campbell, who saw time in various roles on the Hiram offense last fall, caught a team-high 42 passes for 437 yards and a team-best four TD receptions. He also rushed for 146 yards with a TD and played quarterback in the “wildcat” offensive scheme while completing 19-of-41 passes for 317 yards. Also looking to make an impact this season at the wide receiver position will be junior Shaun Zalewski (Cleveland/ St. Edward). Zalewski saw most of his playing time in a limited backup role last season with three receptions for 19 yards.
The offensive will be led by five veterans including seniors Andy Horvath (Geneva), Chris Sabo (Munroe Falls/ Archbishop Hoban) and juniors Tyler Barnhart (Peninsula/ Woodridge), Marc Parker (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab School) and Jeff Petrilli (Warren/Niles McKinley). Also look for junior Vincent Grandillo (Tiffin/Calvert) to line up on the offensive side of the ball this season and provide depth after spending last season on the defensie line. A year ago, the offensive line helped lead the way as the Terriers record 2,298 yards of total offense and 229.8 yards per game.
“As an offense, we will look to be as balanced as possible and use the weapons we possess,” said Moore. “We return some quality young men and we will utilize them in a way which best shows their skill set. We will have some new faces on both the offensive line and skill positions but we are lucky to return some great leaders. We are confident in our recruiting class of 2010 and we expect a few of the freshmen to be solid performers on Saturdays this year.”
Defensively, the Terriers will return a host of veteran players, but will be without the services of four-time All-NCAC and two-time All-Ohio lineman Humphrey Caswell. He was also the first Hiram player to garner first-team All-NCAC accolades since joining the conference in 2000.
The experienced secondary will be led this fall by senior Tim Isaac (Macedonia/Nordonia) and junior Mike Brown (Cleveland/Glenville). Brown made 40 stops as a sophomore and had a team-best two interceptions. Isaac added 26 tackles in 2009 with a team-tying high three pass breakups. Also look for senior Brandon Jackson (Akron/Buchtel) to see his share of playing time and make an impact in the secondary. Last season, he finished behind Offutt in tackles with 42 to go along with an interception and a tackle for loss.
The linebackers will be led by junior two-time All-NCAC Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek). Hull led the defense in tackles for the second straight season with 77. He began the season with four straight games with 10 or more tackles, including a season-high 14 stops against Carnegie (Pa.) Mellon. Hull also tallied two-and-a-half tackles for loss, an interception, a fumble recovery and team-tying high three pass breakups. Joining Hull will be junior Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic). Dickerhoof had a break out season last year finishing third on the team in tackles with 50, including a tackle for loss. In addition, look for senior Stefhen Offutt (Twinsburg) to be a mainstay at linebacker. Offutt tallied 46 tackles last season which ranked fifth highest on the team. He also recorded five tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
No everyday starters on the defensive line return from last year’s squad, but the Terriers will have a number of experienced players in 2010. This year, the front line will be led by juniors Brandon Nuby (Spring Hill, Fla./Nature Coast), Adam Shankle (Poland/Springfield Local), Alex Sinclair (South Euclid/Brush) and Robert Woods (Madison). Shankle saw some playing time as a starter near the later half of the season in 2009 and led the returning lineman in tackles with 24 with five-and-a-half takles for loss. In addition, expect to see sophomore Tom Moran (Parma Heights/St. Ignatius) to make an impact in a backup lineman role.
This year’s schedule will see some tough competition for the Terriers, but will get to play three of their first four games at home beginning with hosting Westminster (Pa.) in the season opener on Sept. 4. Hiram will also host back-to-back games against Denison and Oberlin in late September, but will mix in a trip to Gambier for a NCAC showdown against Kenyon on Sept. 11.
Hiram will face a tough set of games making up the month of October with two non-conference road games to Carnegie (Pa.) Mellon on Oct. 2 and NCAC defending champion Wittenberg on Oct. 9. The Terriers then follow that up with a home game against Case on Oct. 16 and will end the month on the road at Wooster on Oct. 30.
Hiram will play host to Allegheny (Pa.) on Senior Day on Nov. 6 and will wrap up the 2010 season at Ohio Wesleyan on Nov. 13 in Delaware.
“We will look at each practice and game in the 2010 season as an opportunity to improve and grow as a football team,” said Moore. “As we approach every season, our first goal will always be to have a winning season.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email at email@example.com.