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Morrisville State to open football camp August 12

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Exactly 99 student-athletes will be reporting to the Morrisville State College campus on Tuesday, August 12, to begin the Mustangs preseason football camp for the 2008 campaign.

The Mustangs, who finished 3-7 last season, enter their third year as a Division III member of the NCAA, joining the impressive New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) with a nine-game conference slate that will be a challenge for the young Mustangs.

Beginning in September, Morrisville State’s first three games of the 2008 season are against opponents that competed in the post-season last fall, and had a combined record of 26-8. The Mustangs host conference foe and NJAC co-champion, SUNY Cortland in the opener on the 6th and will have two weeks to reflect before hosting Montclair State on the 20th, followed by the other NJAC co-champion, The College of New Jersey on the road on the 27th.

Morrisville State will return home on October 4th to host Western Connecticut State before competing for two straight weeks on the road against William Paterson (11th) and Rowan College (18th). On the 25th, Kean University will return to Morrisville followed by rival SUNY Brockport on November 1st.

The Mustangs will take to the road for a final time in 2008 on November 8th to Buffalo State before wrapping up the season campaign at home against Mount Ida on the 15th.

Morrisville State returns ten starters to the squad this season, including captains Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ) and Luke Visingard (Endicott, NY).

Poling, senior quarterback, led the team in passing last season, completing 94-of-217 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdown scores. Third on the team in rushing, he also contributed 172 yards on the ground with two scores, including the game winning score in the upset over Brockport on October 27.

Visingard, senior defensive end at 6-4 and 235 pounds, was second on the team in total tackles last season with 59 (40 solo), while leading the defensive unit in tackles for a loss (18.5-75 yards), including 11 sacks for a loss of 55 yards.
While youth and experience may be a factor to the success the team shows in wins and losses this season, Morrisville State has made a major roster overhaul and upgrade in talent levels on both sides of the ball during the off-season which should lead to vast improvements to the program in 2008.

“There's no doubt we're still a young team,” said Head Coach Terry Dow, now in his 12th season with the Mustangs, “but the level of talent we have now as opposed to the previous two seasons doesn't compare. We’re better at every position than we were a year ago and that is bound to show itself on Saturday's.”

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.