Audio from interview with GoLeopards.com
Head Coach Frank Tavani on the Leopards' Class of 2006
March 6, 2002
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) -
Lafayette's football coaching staff has announced its list of freshmen recruits set to enroll at the College this Fall as members of the Class of 2006, the second full-year recruiting effort under Head Coach Frank Tavani.
Tavani will enter his third season as the head coach with 33 recruits expected to report to preseason camp in August. A diverse and talented class, the recruits are coming from Lafayette's historically strong recruiting areas, as well as a few new regions. Ten are from Pennsylvania - including three from the Lehigh Valley, while eight are from New Jersey, seven from Maryland, three from Massachusetts, two from Florida and one each from Michigan, Ontario, and Virginia.
"Obviously there was a defensive point of emphasis, especially losing three starting linebackers to graduation," said Tavani. "Depth is as much a part of this rebuilding process as talent. We are excited to be adding both numbers and talent. This is as strong of a recruiting class we've had at Lafayette since I've been here."
Of the 33 recruits, 18 are projected by the Leopards' coaching staff as defensive players. Eleven are slated as interior linemen, including five offensive linemen. There are also six linebackers and six defensive backs, four tall wide receivers, two each at quarterback and fullback, and one each at tight end and running back. The average size of the five incoming offensive linemen is 6-5, 280, while the four wide receivers average 6-2, 179.
Lafayette concluded its 120th season of college football and second under coach Tavani. The Leopards held a lead in each Patriot League game this season, losing four contests by 10 points or less. The Leopards' spring practices begin Tuesday, April 2.
2002 Lafayette Football Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Tauren Barker DL 6-0 220 Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall
Alfred Belton RB 5-8 160 Cleverly, Md./Archbishop Carroll
Maurice Bennett LB 5-10 220 Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington
Adam Bozick DB 6-0 185 Uniontown, Pa./Uniontown Area
Andrew Brown LB 6-1 215 Windsor, Ontario/W.F. Herman
Chris Brungo DL 6-4 225 Allison Park, Pa./North Allegheny
Blake Costanzo LB 6-0 210 Franklin Lakes, N.J./Ramapo
Shane Davenport FB 5-11 210 Shirley, Mass./Acton-Boxboro/Kent School
Pat Davis QB 6-1 180 Landing, N.J./Roxbury
Romar Drake WR 6-2 180 Philadelphia, Pa./Bartram
Archibald Fisher WR 6-2 180 Hackettstown, N.J./Warren Hills
Eric Fizur OL 6-5 320 Salem, N.J./Salem
Brandon Hall QB 6-3 210 Oil City, Pa./Oil City
Larry Johnson DB 5-10 180 Waldorf, Md./Westlake/Wyoming Seminary
Justin Lauver DB 6-2 200 Winfield, Pa./Selinsgrove
Kwame Lovell OL 6-6 255 Takoma Park, Md./DeMatha
Blake McCoy OL 6-4 290 Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall
Stephen McFarlane LB 6-2 210 Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep
Odakwei Mills LB 6-0 205 Baltimore, Md./Western Tech
Joel Miner OL 6-4 250 Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams
Taj Murphy DB 5-11 185 Columbia, Md./Hammond
Tye Murphy DB 5-11 190 Columbia, Md./Hammond
David Nelson FB 5-11 215 Dover, Mass./Xaverian Brothers
Joseph Ort WR 6-4 180 Deltona, Fla./New Smyrna Beach
Gus Ottoson DL 6-3 225 Island Heights, N.J./Central Regional
Jim Renitsky WR 5-11 175 Washington's Crossing, N.J./Council Rock
Nick Snyder DL 6-2 255 Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn
Brandon Stanford WR/DB 5-10 165 Carlisle, Pa./Cumberland Valley
Robert Stroble OL 6-5 285 Easton, Pa./Easton Area
Robert Szuhany DL 6-3 255 Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield
Chad Walker TE 6-5 215 Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff
Zachary Wiggin DL 6-3 250 Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead
Dion Witherspoon LB 6-0 200 Newport News, Va./Heritage
NOTE -- Official notification will be extended by the Office of Admissions.
LAFAYETTE FOOTBALL -- Class of 2006
TAUREN BARKER, Defensive Line, 6-0, 220, Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall
Plans to major in Biology. AT WHITEHALL HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year captain of the football team and three-year competitor in power lifting...placed first in Parkland Invitational competition, lifting in the 198 and 220 weight class...runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6, squats 520 pounds and benches up to 330 pounds...earned an honorable mention from the Mountain Valley Conference as an offensive guard in 2000 and made All-Mountain Valley Conference as a linebacker in 2001...also awarded the esteemed Billy Heller Award in 2001. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. Marlon K. Jack and Ms. Rosaan U. Barker...born 5/4/84.
ALFRED BELTON, Running Back, 5-8, 160, Cleverly, Md./Archbishop Carroll
Plans to major in Computer Science. AT ARCHBISHOP CARROLL: A three-year letter winner in football and track, recorded 875 rushing yards as a tailback and two interceptions as a defensive back... named All-Conference second team and was twice named Player of the Game... honored with the Derrick Wynn Award as the outstanding track athlete of the season as a senior. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barbour... born 11/4/84.
MAURICE BENNETT, Linebacker, 5-10, 220, Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington
AT GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year member of the football team, competing at middle linebacker and fullback...twice named to All-Public Conference first team as well as twice named to the All-City first team...also earned All-Area second team and awarded Northeast Player of the Year honors. PERSONAL: Son of Ms. Beverly Bennett...born 11/28/83.
ADAM BOZICK, Defensive Back, 6-0, 185, Uniontown, Pa./Uniontown Area
Plans to major in Engineering. AT UNIONTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport student-athlete competing in football and basketball...averaged 22.7 yards per catch during career...played on undefeated team (9-0), winning Keystone Conference and finishing as Quad A state runner-up during the 2000 season...his team was a Quad A WPIAL runner-up and section champions in the 2001 season...individually, he was twice named to the All-County and the Fay-West All-Star Team...also earned PFN All-Academic team honors. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bozick...born 6/18/83.
ANDREW BROWN, Linebacker, 6-1, 215, Windsor, Ontario/W.F. Herman
Plans to major in Business. AT W.F. HERMAN HIGH SCHOOL: Excelled in three sports, competing in football, basketball, and track and field all four years...played linebacker, fullback, defensive end, and safety...a two-year varsity captain, he helped lead his 2000 football team to the National Varsity Championship, Western Bowl Championship, and City Varsity Championship and helped take the 1999 team to the City Varsity Championship...led the 1997 and '96 teams to City Junior Championships as captain...named Defensive Player of Game at Senior Bowl, Defensive Player of Game at City Finals, City League Defensive MVP, City League All-Star, and school Lineman of the Year...awarded team linebacker of the year honors in 1997 and hitter of the year in 1996...also captain of the varsity basketball team. PERSONAL: Son of Ms. Faye Wilson...born 2/1/82.
CHRIS BRUNGO, Defensive Line, 6-4, 225, Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny
Plans to major in Engineering. AT NORTH ALLEGHENY HIGH SCHOOL: A dual-sport athlete competing all four years in football and basketball...started at both defensive line and offensive line, earning two letters...earned All-Conference WPIAL Quad A North and All-WPIAL North. PERSONAL: Son of Dr. and Mrs. James F. Brungo...born 6/2/84.
BLAKE COSTANZO, Linebacker, 6-0, 210, Franklin Lakes, N.J./Ramapo
Plans to major in Business. AT RAMAPO HIGH SCHOOL: A three-time letter winner and punishing defensive player...led his two time state championship team as a captain in 2001 while competing at linebacker and tight end...earned the title of Defensive Player of the Year...with 210 career tackles, 24 career sacks, and 11 blocked punts he was named three times to the All-League first team...also named to the All-Bergen County first team and All-State first team...finished strong in the 2001 season, earning defensive player of the year honors with 111 tackles, 15 sacks, and five blocked punts. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Costanzo...born 4/14/84.
SHANE DAVENPORT, Fullback, 5-11, 210, Shirley, Mass./Acton-Boxboro/The Kent School
Plans to major in Business. AT THE KENT SCHOOL: A two-sport athlete competing for the football and lacrosse teams...tallied more than 700 yards rushing while playing at fullback and halfback...won the New England Championship (for prep schools) while earning league all-star recognition. AT ACTON-BOXBORO HIGH SCHOOL: Played all four years, receiving three letters...recorded over 900 yards rushing while earning All-League, All-Division, and most valuable back on the team...played attack for lacrosse, scoring 52 goals and 25 assists in his last season while twice being named a league all-star. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Davenport...born 1/18/83.
PAT DAVIS, Quarterback, 6-1, 180, Landing, N.J./ Roxbury
AT ROXBURY HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year football and three-year varsity basketball letterwinner...as captain of football team, he was name to all-county second team and won the Scholar-Athlete Award...recorded 13 touchdown passes in his senior year...as captain of the basketball team, he earned the MVP and Sportsmanship Awards. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Michael Davis...born 12/25/83.
ROMAR DRAKE, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 180, Philadelphia, Pa./ Bartram
Plans to major in Business. AT BARTRAM HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport athlete and winner of three letters...averaged 10.1 points per game in basketball while averaging five tackles a game in football and 22.8 yards per catch...played wide receiver, defensive back, free safety, and kick returner...a captain of the football team with seven career interceptions and 13 receptions for 365 yards...earned a place on both the Philadelphia All-City team and the Philadelphia All-Public team. PERSONAL: Son of Ms. Marcia Drake and the late Mr. Roosevelt McPhaul...born 3/23/84.
ARCHIBALD FISHER, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 180, Hackettstown, N.J./Warren Hills
Plans to major in Business. AT WARREN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year football and basketball student-athlete, he also played one year of baseball and ran the 400-meters and 200-meters for two years in track...a three-letter winner and captain of the football team, he set the school record for yards received in a season with 969 yards...averaged 96 yards receiving and five catches per game...earned a place on All-State third team, All-West Jersey first team, All-Skyland Conference first team, All-Express Times Area first team, and All-Warren County first team...also named Warren County Player of the Year. PERSONAL: Son of Mrs. Patricia A. and the late Mr. Archibald R. Fisher, Jr...born 1/10/84.
ERIC FIZUR, Offensive Line, 6-5, 320, Salem, N.J./Salem
AT SALEM HIGH SCHOOL: A three-sport athlete competing for the football, outdoor track & field, and indoor track teams...recorded 45 foot distance in shot put after competing for two years in winter track and all four years in outdoor track and field...played offensive and defensive tackle...a team captain, he earned All-South Jersey Group I and Touchdown Club Playoff player of the week honors...also awarded Brooks Irvine Scholar-Athlete award. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. John Richard Fizur and Ms. Kathleen Francis Loatman...born 8/25/83.
BRANDON HALL, Quarterback, 6-3, 210, Oil City, Pa./Oil City
AT OIL CITY HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year competitor for the football and basketball teams and a one-year member of the track and field team ...earned the title of All-Conference quarterback with 28 career touchdown passes...in track and field he earned third place in District 10 for javelin with a distance of 160 feet...also named All-Conference forward in basketball after averaging 15 points per game. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph Hall...born 11/18/83.
LARRY JOHNSON, Defensive Back, 5-10, 180, Waldorf, Md./Westlake/Wyoming Seminary
Plans to major in Business. AT WYOMING SEMINARY: A letterman playing wide receiver and cornerback for football, he recorded a total of seven interceptions, 19 catches, 459 yards, and 10 touchdowns. AT WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letter winner and captain of the football team, he competed at quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback, and safety, passing for 359 yards, rushing for 671 yards, and recording three interceptions and a fumble recovery...named to All-County team and received awards for Minds in Motion and as the team's offensive MVP...played on the county championship team in 1999...also a two-year member of both the indoor and outdoor track teams...served as captain and named to All-County, All-State relay, and All-Academic second teams for both indoor and outdoor track...earned a spot on the All-American 4x200 relay teams for indoor and outdoor track...was a member of the indoor state champion 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams and the outdoor state champion 4x100 and 4x200 teams. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Johnson III...born 5/27/83.
JUSTIN LAUVER, Defensive Back, 6-2, 200, Winfield, Pa./Selinsgrove
Plans to major in Business. AT SELINSGROVE HIGH SCHOOL: Earned eight letters as a four-sport athlete competing for football, track and field, basketball, and baseball...played running back, free safety, and linebacker...set a career record at Selinsgrove with 3,940 yards rushing and 62 total career touchdowns, 48 of which were rushing, along with numerous other school records...a team captain, he earned All-State recognition two consecutive years from the Associated Press, first team running back honors from Pennsylvania Football News, and named player of the year by Sunbury Daily Item his senior year...also named to the All-Academic Silver Team as a senior and the All Academic Bronze Team as a junior by Pennsylvania Football News...awarded the Reading Eagle All-Anthracite Team and Back of the Year honors in both his junior and senior year... awarded most valuable player in track and field his sophomore year while earning second-team All-Conference by the CSC in basketball. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Timothy Lauver...born 9/16/83.
KWAME LOVELL, Offensive Line, 6-6, 255, Takoma Park, Md./DeMatha
Plans to major in Business. AT DEMATHA HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner for the varsity football team...played defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive tackle...recorded two sacks, five tackles, and three deflections in his senior year...also earned the title of WCAC All-Star. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Arthur Lovell...born 2/4/84.
BLAKE McCOY, Offensive Line, 6-4, 290, Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall
Plans to major in Business. AT CALVERT HALL HIGH SCHOOL: A three-time letterwinner and senior captain of the football team...earned a spot on the Baltimore Super 22 Team and named twice to All-M.I.A.A...named to All-Baltimore City/County first team, All-Metro (Maryland) first team, All-State first team, and Prep Star All-Region...a Baltimore City/County All-Star...also a two-year starter and first baseman for the baseball team, recording seven home runs and 50 RBI's. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McCoy...born 1/16/84.
STEPHEN McFARLANE, Linebacker, 6-2, 210, Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep
Plans to major in Engineering. AT STANTON COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL: A four-year member and two-year letterwinner in football, he also served as team captain...he was the leading tackler, recording 40 tackles in three years while playing at defensive end and tallying 112 tackles at linebacker his senior year. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Barrington McFarlane...born 11/14/84.
ODAKWEI MILLS, Linebacker, 6-0, 205, Baltimore, Md./Western Tech
Plans to major in Engineering. AT WESTERN TECH HIGH SCHOOL: A four-sport participant, he was a member of the football, wrestling, track and field, and basketball teams, earning three letters in football...competed at linebacker and fullback...earned a place on the All-County first team and All-District first team...during his senior year, garnered 106 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and 11 tackles for loss, averaging 4.85 yards per carry and 9.8 yards per catch...awarded Most Improved Player and MVP honors...also recorded 11 points per game as a small forward in basketball. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Mills...born 7/20/84.
JOEL MINER, Offensive Line, 6-4, 250, Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams
Plans to major in Engineering. AT ROCHESTER ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year member of both the football and wrestling teams, he earned two letters in football...named All-League and to Oakland County first team as a defensive tackle and to All-North second team as an offensive tackle...recipient of the Brown and Gold Award for leadership...also a three-time letter winner and captain of the wrestling team, earning Most Improved Award. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Miles Miner...born 11/7/83.
TAJ MURPHY, Defensive Back, 5-11, 185, Columbia, Md./Hammond
Plans to major in Engineering. AT HAMMOND HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year member of the football and basketball teams and three-year competitor in track and field, he earned letters in all three sports...performed as running back, quarterback, center, safety, kick returner, and punt returner...named to All-County for three years and All-Extra first team...also named All-County for three years and All-Metro as a guard on the basketball team. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. Arthur Grant Murphy and Ms. Gina Lavern Ben...twin brother of teammate Tye Murphy...born 2/28/84.
TYE MURPHY, Defensive Back, 5-11, 190, Columbia, Md./Hammond
Plans to major in Engineering. AT HAMMOND HIGH SCHOOL: A letterwinner in three sports, he competed for four years on the football and basketball teams and for three years in track and field...played running back, wide receiver, kick returner, punt returner, cornerback, and safety...tallied 70 carries for 760 yards, 14 receptions for 310 yards, and seven touchdowns his senior year...nabbed six interceptions in four games and had 57 carries for 630 yards during his junior year...named to All-County first team for three years...also named to All-County first team and All-County second team for two years at guard on the basketball team...ran the 100-meters, 200-meters, 400-meters, 4x100, and 4x200 for the track team. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. Arthur Grant Murphy and Ms. Gina Lavern Ben...twin brother of teammate Taj Murphy...born 2/28/84.
DAVID NELSON, Fullback, 5-11, 215, Dover, Mass./Xaverian Brothers
Plans to major in Business. AT XAVERIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL: A three-sport student-athlete competing for football, track and baseball...in his senior year, he accumulated 101 tackles, three sacks, and one interception and recorded 175 carries for 1389 yards and 16 touchdowns while competing as a fullback and a linebacker...earned Catholic Conference All-Star in the year 2000...was the solo captain his senior year, receiving the MVP award and earning a place as Catholic Conference All-Star...also received Boston Herald All-Scholastic, Boston Globe All-Scholastic, and a spot on the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston All-State team...noted as a Who's Who in Sports All-Star for 2000 and 2001...also recognized in 2001 as High USA Power Lifting Champion for the 220-pound weight class...was a Catholic Conference All-Star in the javelin, throwing 174 feet. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Carl Nelson...born 10/14/83.
JOSEPH ORT, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 180, Deltona, Fla./New Smyrna Beach
AT NEW SMYRNA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL: The recipient of six letters, he was a four-year competitor on both the football and basketball teams and a one-year member of the track and field team...also played quarterback, kicker, and punter...as a wide receiver he recorded 30 receptions for 372 yards and five touchdowns his senior year...named All-Area in 2000 and 2001 and to All-Conference second team...as a member of the basketball team, he averaged 17.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, winning the Coach's Award. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ort, Sr....born 11/18/83.
GUS OTTOSON, Defensive Line, 6-3, 225, Island Heights, N.J./Central Regional
Plans to major in Government and Law. AT CENTRAL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year member of both the football and track and field teams, he accumulated seven letters...played at defensive end, tight end, fullback, and place kicker, tallying five sacks per year and 659 yards rushing...earned a spot on the All-County team twice and served as team captain...threw shot put, discus, and javelin for the track and field team. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernst G. H. Ottoson III...born 11/5/83.
JIM RENITSKY, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 175, Washington's Crossing, Pa./Council Rock
Plans to major in Business. AT COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport athlete competing for both the football and baseball teams...the captain and three-year letterman played at wide receiver, safety, holder, kick and punt return...awarded All-Area (Lower Bucks) second team and All-League honorable mention as a sophomore after completing 30 catches for 507 yards and four touchdowns...named to the All-Area first team and All-League second team as a junior after 42 catches for 827 yards and 10 touchdowns...named to All-Area and All-League first teams after 34 catches for 694 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior season...finished his career as the all-time leading receiver in Council Rock school history with 106 total career catches for 2,030 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 19.1 yards per catch...also started three years for the baseball team at shortstop with a .350 batting average as a junior, earning honorable mentions recognition on both the All-Area and All-League teams. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Renitsky...born 12/30/83.
NICK SNYDER, Defensive Line, 6-2, 255, Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn
Plans to major in Government and Law. AT FAIR LAWN HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year member of the football and baseball teams and a one-year competitor for track and field...played guard and defensive tackle for football...as a sophomore he earned a place on the All-League second team and received All-County honorable mention status...awarded All-League first team and All-County second team as a junior...was recognized as the team's Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-League first team and All-County second team as a senior...awarded All-League first team in track with a shot put distance of 46' 22''...a catcher and first baseman with a .256 batting average, earning a spot on the All-League second team in 2001. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Snyder...born 10/13/83.
BRANDON STANFORD, Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 5-10, 165, Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley
Plans to major in Government and Law. AT CUMBERLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL: A ten-time letterwinner and three-sport student-athlete, competing for football, track and field, and basketball...played wide receiver, defensive back, and right safety during three years of varsity football...he accumulated 10 career touchdowns with over 1,000 yards receiving and 57 total receptions...also set a school record with 21 interceptions...named to Middle Penn All-League first team as a defensive back and wide receiver in his junior and senior years...named as a wide receiver to the All-Sentinal team in his junior year...named as a defensive back to the All-Sentinal team in his senior year...earned a spot on the All-Patriot Top 100 Mid-State team his senior year...averaged 12 points per game at guard and named to the all-defensive team his sophomore and junior years for basketball...also a three- year varsity sprinter, earning state championship titles after setting a school record in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Stanford, Sr...born 4/21/83.
ROBERT STROBLE, Offensive Line, 6-5, 285, Easton, Pa./Easton Area
Plans to major in Government and Law. AT EASTON AREA HIGH SCHOOL: A student-athlete who earned two letters and competed four years on the offensive line and achieved induction into the National Honor Society...awarded All-Area second team as a junior and All-Area first team honors as a senior by The Express-Times...achieved the All-Area second team fromThe Morning Call and earned a post on the Valley Division and All-Mountain Valley Conference first teams his senior year...also a Big 33 nominee and participant in the McDonald's All-Star Game. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Stroble Sr....born 9/15/83.
ROBERT SZUHANY, Defensive Line, 6-3, 255, Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield
Plans to major in Business. AT BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL: A three-sport participant and six-time letterman named into the National Honor Society and chosen as the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Outstanding Scholar-Athlete...a versatile player and four-year starter on the football team, competing at tight end, offensive tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, and linebacker...had 100 career tackles and seven sacks, as well as 25 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns... a three-time member of the All-League first team who was also a two-time All-County and two-time All-Area honoree...the senior year captain was the recipient of the prestigious Sam Cavallero Award...also played at forward and center for the basketball team...accumulating two baseball letters, he earned All-League first team and All-Area first team at first base, with a .421 batting average, seven triples, and 16 RBIs, and 16 runs. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Szuhany...born 5/8/84.
CHAD WALKER, Tight End, 6-5, 215, Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff
Plans to major in Business. AT CEDAR CLIFF HIGH SCHOOL: The recipient of five varsity letters, competing in football, baseball, track & field, and basketball...on the football field, he played quarterback, tight end, and linebacker...at quarterback, he went 51-for-97, throwing for 812 yards and five touchdowns...grabbed 13 receptions for 258 yards and three touchdowns and tallied 17 tackles and one sack, earning him Mid-State Top 100 recognition in both his junior and senior years...earned a place on the All-Sentinal team and the Tom Lemmings Top 200 and was noted as a CNNST top preseason recruit...in 2001 he earned a place on the Gridiron Great Elite Team and was awarded All-Conference first team for tight end...played in East-West All-Star game, in which he was nominated for the state all-star game...also averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game at forward for the basketball team and earned the Shawn Rothrock Award for Outstanding Attitude, Athletics, and Academics. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Walker, Sr...born 3/15/84.
ZACHARY WIGGIN, Defensive Line, 6-3, 250, Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead
Plans to major in History. AT MARBLEHEAD HIGH SCHOOL: Accumulated 11 varsity letters, competing for the football and hockey teams all four years, and the lacrosse team for three years...tallied 101 tackles, six sacks, and four fumble recoveries his senior year...as captain, he was lauded as a Northeast Conference All-Star and a Lynn Item All-Star...played in the Agganis All Star Game...also played goalie for the hockey team and captained the lacrosse team, winning the Attitude Commitment Award. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Wiggin...born 4/12/83.
DION WITHERSPOON, Linebacker, 6-0, 200, Newport News, Va./Heritage
Plans to major in Engineering. AT HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL: A dual-sport athlete and five-time letterwinner, leading as co-captain of the football team and captain of the wrestling team...at linebacker and fullback, he excelled as one of the leading tacklers for his Virginia Division 5 AAA 2000 State Championship team...was awarded All-District while wrestling in the 189-215 weight class and prevailed as the District Champion. PERSONAL: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Witherspoon, Sr...born 5/9/84.