Football Fall Camp Report - The Defensive Backs and Special Teams
Aug. 29, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. -
In our final Fordham football preview, we'll take a look at the Fordham University defensive backfield as well as the special teams unit.
Melanophy, a three-year starter in the defensive backfield who was named Capital One Academic All-District last fall, appeared in all eleven games as a junior in 2011, starting ten. He finished the year with 53 total tackles, 35 solo, including one for loss and he also had two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble. Melanophy recorded a season-high nine tackles, four solo, and had a quarterback hurry at Georgetown and he made eight tackles, six solo, including 0.5 for loss, and forced a fumble at Army.
Over his Fordham career, Melanophy has compiled 125 total tackles, 88 solo, in 32 games, including six for loss and one sack. He also has five pass deflections and one interception.
Palmer saw action in two games as a junior for the Rams, playing in the Lehigh and Army games. He made three total tackles at Army, one solo and 0.5 for loss.
Dixon played in ten games as a freshman for the Rams, starting four. He recorded 22 total tackles, 14 solo, including one for loss, and also had one pass breakup and recovered a fumble. Dixon made season-high six tackles, two solo, versus Lehigh and finished with five stops, four solo, and broke up a pass at Penn.
Chapman appeared in nine games as a freshman, starting one at cornerback. He finished the season with seven total tackles, six solo, making four solo tackles at Rhode Island. He also recorded two stops, one solo, at Colgate.
Williams is a transfer from Nassau Community College where he played football in 2011, appearing in seven games, making 14 total tackles, ten solo. A graduate of Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, New York, Williams was named First Team All-New York City in 2010 and was also an All-Borough (Brooklyn) selection as a senior in high school.
Bowers is a graduate of Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, Ohio, where he was a First Team All-League selection at WR, DB, and Utility. He was also named Second Team All-District and placed seventh at the Ohio Nike SPARQ Combine. Bowers accumulated 1,000 rushing yards, 1,200 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns.
Dinnegan is a product of Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg, N.Y., where he played quarterback, running back and free safety in high school. He led the 2010 team to a perfect 8-0 record and a league championship and was named All-County as a senior in 2011.
Goff is a graduate of Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Conn., where he led the football team to a win over Choate in the NEPSAC Arthur Valicenti Bowl to finish the season a perfect 9-0 and capture the Class B New England Championship. Cheshire finished the regular season at 8-0, the first undefeated regular season in 48 years. Goff played both running back and defensive back in 2011 for Cheshire, averaging 7.3 yards/rush and scoring five rushing touchdowns while making 30 tackles on defense.
Murray's 44.1 punting average 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 in sixth.
He will be joined in the kicking game by senior Kevin Levin and sophomore Michael Marando and Adam Malkiewicz. Marando handled the placekicking chores for the Rams for the final nine games last fall. He connected on seven of 15 field goal attempts and all 15 of his extra point attempts. Marando was a perfect 2-for-2 in field goals at Penn (34 and 36 yards) and he also connected on a pair of field goals at Georgetown, including a season-best 41-yarder.
The kickers wouldn't be able to do their job without a proficient long snapper and the Rams have two on the roster in junior Joseph Sullivan and Vincent Antinozzi. They will also have the steady hands of holders Brian Wetzel and Blake Wayne.