Fordham Football Gearing Up for Spring Practice Season
March 15, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. -
Fordham University head football coach Joe Moorhead announced the 2012 spring practice schedule today which will culminate with the 2012 Spring Game on Saturday, April 28th, at 11:00 a.m. on Murphy Field.
The Rams will kick off the spring practice schedule on Wednesday, March 22nd, at 9:00 a.m. It will be the first of 15 practice sessions allowed by the NCAA in the spring.
Fordham will practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings with the exception of April 6th through 9th, when Fordham is off for Easter Break.
The Rams enter spring practice looking to fill holes on both sides of the ball. On offense, Fordham loses four starters, including two on the offensive line, while the Rams will be also looking to replace four graduated starters on defense.
On offense, the Rams return two quarterbacks who started games last year, led by Ryan Higgins, who started the final seven games on 2011. He completed 151 of 263 passes for 1,788 yards and seven touchdowns. Peter Maetzold started the first four games of the year, completing 70 of 117 passes for 668 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
On the offensive line, 2011 starters Robert Kubacki (right tackle), Steven Tapia (right guard) and Thomas Fisher (left tackle) are back along with John Hohlt, Andrew Milmore, Chris Watkins, Matt Stolte and Alex Locker, who all saw time on the line last year.
Moorhead will have to replace two starters on the defensive line. Justin Yancey, who missed most of the 2011 season with an injury will return for 2012 along with to join returning starter Matthew Sconiers, who started the last four games of the year at end, Anthony Pesanello, John LaSure and DeAndre Slate.
In the defensive backfield, Vaughn Scott, who started the final eight games of 2011 and recorded 36 tackles, joins Melanophy and Williams. Other returning defensive backs include Khary Powell, Jake Dixon, Jordan Chapman, De'Nard Pinckney and Lourenzo Smith.
Murray's 44.1 punting average last year was the fourth best single season average in Fordham history while his 41.4 career punting average is second on the school's all-time list and his 5,585 career punting yards is sixth.
Marando booted seven field goals as a freshman, including a season-long 41-yarder at Georgetown, and was 5-for-6 on kicks from 30-39 yards.
Fordham will open the 2012 season on Thursday, August 30th, when the Rams host the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles on Jack Coffey Field.