Location: Georgetown, DC
Coach: Rob Sgarlata (16-39), 6th Season at Georgetown
Stadium: Cooper Field (Capacity: 2,500)
2018 In A Sentence: After a 1-4 start in out-of-conference, the Hoyas went a surprising 4-2 in conference to finish in 2nd place in the Patriot League en route to a 5-6 record. A one-point loss to Holy Cross on the final weekend of the season was the only thing that kept Georgetown from a winning record.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: S Blaise Brown was not only a good return specialist for the Hoyas (81 yards on punt returns), but also a key member of the secondary (83 tackles, 4 pass break-ups, 2 INTs).
Key Player: Georgetown wins with defense, and 6’0, 280 lb DE Khristian Tate is one of the best defensive ends in the Patriot League. Last year’s breakout junior campaign was monstrous, with 54 tackles, 16 1/2 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. He’ll be looking to build on this to see if he can get on the radar of NFL scouts this fall.
Fearless Prediction: Georgetown’s feather-light out-of-conference schedule will give plenty of opportunities for wins, with games against Columbia and Cornell interesting litmus tests. Their defense, too, will give them a chance to get momentum going into November 2nd when they face Colgate in a possible game with Patriot League title implications. A trip to Lehigh’s Murray Goodman Stadium on October 26, a place where Georgetown has never won, is another interesting game.
Chuck has been writing about Lehigh football since the dawn of the internet, or perhaps it only seems like it. He’s executive editor of the College Sports Journal and has also written a book, The Rivalry: How Two Schools Started the Most Played College Football Series.
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