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Morrisville State opens football camp today

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Eleventh year head coach Terry Dow (58-44, ten seasons) leads the Morrisville State College Mustangs into their second season of NCAA Division III competition in 2007, looking to improve on the 1-8 debut in 2006. The Mustangs open pre-season camp today and welcomes over 125 young men ready to face another challenging schedule this season.

A large share of the Mustangs talent was untested in 2006 with its young class, but they gained experience needed to be competitive at this level and return a solid class who is ready to embark on a new challenge this season.

Junior quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ) returns to anchor and lead the offensive unit that returns six of 11 starters in 2007. Poling, starting all nine games last season, completed 64 of 161 passes for 833 yards and six scores, leading in total offense, adding 117 yards in the rushing option for an average of 105.6 yards per game.

Poling will use experienced wide receivers Doyen Grant (Brooklyn, NY), Luis Diaz (Bronx, NY) and Eddie Hull (Central Square, NY) to expand the passing game in the upcoming season. All three combined for 364 yards last season. Grant averaged 17.1 yards per catch while Diaz averaged 12.6 and Hull 21.0 yards per reception in 2006.

Peter Enriquez (Staten Island, NY), a medical redshirt in 2006, returns to the backfield at the running back position. Enriquez adds quickness to the running game for the Mustangs and is expected to contribute immediately.

The Mustangs line will have to replace key starters from last years roster, but return junior Ryan Baker (Chittenango, NY) to anchor the line with solid size and ability.

David Daly (Red Bank, NJ) returns to anchor the defensive line as defensive tackles for the Mustangs in 2007. Daly, 6’3” 290 pounds, tallied 23 tackles, seven solo, including a sack and four tackles for a loss of 12 yards. He also blocked a kick.

Freshman Nick Saviganano (Latham, NY), 6’3” 200 pound linebacker from Shaker High, and Mike Burpoe (Masonville, NY), 6’0” 200 pound linebacker, are expected to make an immediate contribution at linebacker for the Mustangs.

Derek Mulson (Troy, NY) returns to handle punting and placekicking duties for a final season in 2007. Mulson, one of two seniors on this year’s roster, connected on 10 of 13 point after attempts and punted 13 for 459 yards, an average of 35.3 yards per kick.

Hull will handle return specialist duties for the second straight season. Hull leads the team in returns, tallying 245 yards on 12 returns for an average of 20.4 yards per return.

Playing a ten game schedule this season, the Mustangs will begin with a pre-season scrimmage at St. John Fisher College on August 25 before opening the official schedule on September 1 against Buffalo State in Morrisville.

On Saturday, September 8 Morrisville State will be at SUNY Cortland before hosting Western Connecticut on the 15th.

The Mustangs play three straight on the road, September 22 at Kean University, September 29 at Maritime College and October 6 at Newport News – Apprentice School, before returning to Morrisville to host Salisbury University on October 13 for homecoming.

Morrisville State hosts SUNY Brockport on October 27 before traveling to Mount Ida on November 3rd and concludes the 2007 campaign at home against Wesley on November 11th.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the NCAA, Division III. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.