The defensive backfield was decimated by injuries last season, allowing the team to return a well-experienced group. Junior Jonathan Hobart led the Panthers with 54 tackles in seven games, including a pair of interceptions at safety. Senior Kevin Hartley saw his season end early with an injury after making five stops with a sack in less than three games. Sophomores Gordon Pollock (35 tackles) and Nate Stewart (15 tackles) were forced into action early last fall and performed well as they look to challenge for starting jobs. Seniors Coltrane Marcus (25 tackles, 3 pass break-ups) and Michael Carr (6 tackles) return as veterans at the corner positions for the Panthers.
Rye, a Second-Team All-NESCAC choice as a punter, returns to the lineup this fall. The senior led the league with a 39.7 yard average a year ago, landing 21 punts inside the 20-yard line. Senior Carter Massengill is expected to handle the kicking duties for the fourth-straight season