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Morrisville State College begins preseason football camp

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College football team opened preseason camp Tuesday afternoon, after welcoming nearly 100 players to campus Monday for the 2009 season campaign.

The Mustangs, who finished 1-9 last season, enter their second season of New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action after finishing 0-9 in the conference in 2008, and begin their first season as an active member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The Mustangs return 14 starters to the line-up this season, seven on each side of the ball and look to become a more dominant defensive squad.

Defensively, Morrisville State linebackers Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY), EJ Maeweather (Syracuse, NY) and Dennis Drywa (East Islip, NY) return to the starting line-up after combining for 155 tackles last season. In the secondary, 13th year head coach Terry Dow is looking to veteran Tommy Moyon (Woodside, NY) to be the leader and captain on the defensive side of the ball. Moyon is a third-year starter at safety for the Mustangs and last year posted 40 total tackles and three interceptions.

Offensively, Dow has added depth to the rushing unit through returning backs Peter Enriquez (Staten Island, NY), Maurice Mitchelson (Bronx, NY) and Mike Gillespie (Port Arthur, TX) while competition will begin immediately for the starting quarterback position following last year’s graduation of senior Billy Poling. Three return to the starting offensive line, including Nick Omilanowicz (Cicero, NY), Justin Balducci (Merrick, NY) and Alex Woleen (Jamestown, NY).

Morrisville State’s 10 game schedule begins with five straight road games, the first on Saturday, September 5 at Hartwick College for a 7 p.m. kick-off. The following week, Morrisville State travels to last year’s NJAC Champion, SUNY Cortland, to open conference play. Trips to Montclair State University, College of New Jersey and Western Connecticut State University follow before the Mustangs return “home” to host William Paterson on October 10 at Andy Kerr Stadium on the Colgate University campus.

The Mustangs will meet Rowan on the 17th at Colgate before hitting the road for two more, Kean on the 24th, and Brockport the 31st.

Morrisville State will conclude its regular season November 7th, hosting Buffalo State College for the season finale at Andy Kerr Stadium.

Construction is underway on the college’s new stadium complex, forcing the Mustangs to relocate to nearby Colgate University for the 2009 schedule. The stadium is expected to be completed in 2010.

Morrisville State’s tentative practice schedule at the field on Eaton Street for the remainder of the week is as follows:

Wednesday, August 12th – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 13th – 2:30 p.m.
Friday, August 14th – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th – 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 16th – 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

(All practices are approximately two hours. Media members wishing to conduct interviews may contact the sports information office at 315-684-6250.)

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

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.