2004 Football Preview
Athletics - posted on 9/2/2004The 2004 Lakeland College football team will be looking to keep the momentum rolling from the 2003 season that finished with an 8-2 mark and second-place finish in the Illini-Badger Conference.
There's a solid base of 12 all-IBFC performers to build around, including seniors Jacob Vigilante (DB, El Paso, Tex.), Sam Scharinger (LB, Howards Grove), Jed Manders (TE, DePere), Greg Doiron (OL, Reno, Nev.) and Mike Gregory (LB, Green Acres, Fla.)
With the addition of over 50 freshmen to the program, the Muskies are hopeful they can contend for the IBFC Championship.
This season's offense will be looking to build off a 2003 season in which the Muskies averaged 40.1 points per game, good for eighth in the country).
The offense will once again be a multiple scheme that will be driven by a power running game and play action passing attack. Lakeland will have to overcome the loss of record-setting quarterback Brent Luebke and wide receiver Jeff Taff, along with all-IBFC performers Shane Staseske (OL), Nick Fox (OL), Shaun Behrend (WR) and James Hayes (WR).
Junior Ryan Maiuri (Sterling Heights, Mich.) looks to take over the helm at quarterback for the Muskies. Maiuri played in five games last year and threw for two touchdowns while rushing for almost 170 yards.
He will be pushed in camp by freshman Brad Wilk (Lake Park, Ill.) who threw for over 2,400 yards in his senior year.
The running game looks to be a strong point for the Muskies as they return all-Conference performers Marcus Denham (soph., Zion, Ill.) and Travis Gervais (junior, Ashland) along with key contributors in Nick Hunter (jr., Greenfield), Kenny Grundy (sr., Florissant, Mo.) and Aaron Barrie (soph., Oostburg).
This talented group accounted for over 1,300 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns highlighted by Denham's 12 touchdowns. Adding depth to the running back position are newcomers Paul Resop (Appleton), Heath Gray (Appleton), Shawn Lee (Michigan City, Ind.), Andy Soli (Houghton, Mich.) and Demetris Kenney (Okinawa, Japan).
The receiving core will be looking to replace three all-IBFC performers from a year ago. Departed seniors Behrend, Hayes and Taff accounted for almost 1,600 yards and 106 receptions.
Seniors Courtney Gatlin (St. Louis) and Joe Huber (Cleveland, Wis.) will be looked upon to help fill this void along with juniors Mike Christian (Hobart, Ind.), Rodney Ellison (Pontiac, Mich.) and sophomores Eric Royal (Oak Park, Mich.), Matt Martin (Schaumburg, Ill.) and Ricardo Brown (Detroit).
Newcomers Eric Bayerl (Stephenson, Mich.) , Brandon Steward (Palm Coast, Fla.), Ryan Wachter (Plymouth), Andrew Asleson (Berlin), Andrew Pagelow (Elkhart Lake), Matt Bothe (Algoma), Mike Dale (Frank Cody, Mich.)and Ryoji Kodera (Tokyo, Japan) will look to contend for playing time.
The offensive line and tight end position will return four all-IBFC performers from a year ago: Manders (first team), second team junior Byron Vandlen (Monroe) and honorable mentions Doiron and junior Jon Gilmore (Kaukauna) will be joined on the offensive line by returning starter junior Brian Eder (Adell).
Junior Andy Argall (Union, Ill.) and sophomore Ryan Holm (Gladstone, Mich.) saw considerable playing time last year and will vie for the other starting positions along with senior Mike Neuhaus (Genoa City), sophomores Chris Burdick (Green Bay) and Kevin Anderson (Pembine) and redshirt freshman Joseph Puhl (Ontonagon, Mich.) Freshmen Dan Halwas (West Bend), Ralph Lehmann (Vienna, Austria), Cole Zondag (Milwaukee), Steve Lajoie (Negaunee, Mich.) and Carlos Torres (Cicero, Ill.) will look to push the upperclassmen for playing time.
The Muskies will feature an attacking eight-man front that will look to force turnovers and put pressure on the quarterback. Lakeland's goal is to continue the aggressive style of play of the 2003 defense that created nearly 40 sacks and 40 turnovers and finished either first or second in almost every statistical category in the IBFC.
The strength of the Muskie defense will be the linebacking core as Lakeland will return four starters from the 2003 season: Scharinger, Gregory, junior Ryan Van De Loo (Sheboygan Falls) and senior Paul Daniels (Miami Lakes. Fla.) who will be recovering from a knee injury.
This foursome, along with senior Justin Monty (Hortonville), accounted for almost 200 tackles, 20 sacks and eight turnovers last season.
Adding depth to the linebacker position will be junior Vince Cooper (Detroit), senior Rodney Rice (Chicago), sophomores Josh Stewart (Houghton, Mich.) and Jim Blaul (Cascade) along with freshmen Nathan Lischka (Algoma), Luke Dobson (Ishpeming, Mich.), Mike Almaguer (Lake Central, Ind.), Nick Boddie (Lake Central, Ind.), Nick Oswald (Reedsville), Jake Kamberos (Lemont Township, Ill.), Mike Dixon (Frank Cody, Mich.), Austin Perry (Heartland), Jared Dowd (Racine) and Craig Van Dera (Freedom).
The defensive line will be led by first team all-IBFC defensive tackle Nick Zeck (West Allis). Zeck had a stellar season as he accumulated 13 tackles for loss along with eight sacks.
Joining Zeck on the defensive line will be returning starters David Benton (jr., Ashtabula, Ohio) and Joe List (jr., Gladstone, Mich.), senior Rick Bowerman (Wetmore, Mich.), juniors Juderson Desile (Miami, Fla.) and Eddie Lemay (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore James Washington (Detroit).
Junior defensive tackle Shane Schrimpf (Two Rivers), a second team all-conference honoree, will be sidelined until at least the start of the conference season as he recovers from a foot injury sustained in the off-season.
This group will be bolstered by a talented group of freshman led by J.C. Davidson (Racine), Kevin Hildebrand (Lemont Township, Ill.), Josh Labelle (Negaunee, Mich.) and Pete Kosewski (Stephenson, Mich.)
Looking to battle for playing time will be fellow freshman Josh Petrie (Saint Francis), Dave Lannin (Gavit, Ind.), Steve Emory (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Tom Kelly (Oak Lawn, Ill.) and Dennis Shook (Kenosha).
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