Last season the Ephs got off to a 4-0 start, which included a win over a talented Trinity team that ended the season with just one loss and tied for first place in the conference. After the hot start in 2018 the Ephs received a slew of injuries that played havoc with their lineup and the team finished 1-4 over its final five games to end up 5-4 on the year.
Highlighting the list of returnees are five players who earned All-NESCAC honors in 2018. Juniors TJ Rothmann, a linebacker, and wide receiver Frank Stola were accorded All-NESCAC First Team honors, while junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron, junior linebacker Jarrett Wesner, and sophomore punter/placekicker Andrew Schreibstein all were accorded Second Team recognition.
The Ephs will be led by a senior quartet of captains in safety Ben Anthony, linebacker Luke Apuzzi, Kyle Horihan who could see time as a running back, receiver, and at linebacker, and offensive lineman Jeff MacArthur.
Jarrett Wesner '21 and T.J. Rothman '21
One of the strengths of this year’s Eph team will be the linebacker corps, which will be led by TJ Rothmann and Jarrett Wesner. Wesner led the Ephs in tackles last season with 73. Fifty-eight of Wesner’s tackles were solos, and 15 were assists. He also notched five tackles for a loss, had one sack, broke up a pass, and recovered one fumble.
Rothmann limited some by injury was second on the team with 58 tackles (38 solos), had four tackles for a loss, picked off a pass, broke up three passes, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble. Luke Apuzzi, who moved up from defensive back to play at linebacker last fall returns for a second season at the linebacker position after contributing 44 tackles (12 solos) a year ago along with 5.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, a team-high four interceptions, five pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
Sophomore Coleston Smith acquitted himself well in his debut season filling in for injured linebackers last fall when he made 30 tackles (11 solos) and added two tackles for a loss, assisted on a sack, picked off a pass, broke up two passes, and recovered a fumble.
“The experience we bring back at linebacker is a strength of our team,” stated Raymond. “All of those guys have played a lot of snaps and they have looked really good in training camp.”
Another strength on defense for the Ephs is the return of veteran safeties senior Ben Anthony and junior Jake Kastenhuber both of whom have seen significant playing time since arriving on campus.
Anthony was third on the Eph team in 2018 in tackles with 51. Thirty-two of Anthony’s tackles were solos (19 assists) and he recorded one tackle for a loss, one sack, one interception, and he broke up two passes.
Senior Captain Ben Anthony '20
Twenty-one of Kastenhuber’s 31 tackles last fall were solos. He also recorded 10 assisted tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, intercepted two passes, and was third on the team in pass breakups with four.
Up front on Raymond’s defensive line senior Oscar Unobskey returns and two players from the group that includes sophomore Drake Mead, Neema Zarabian Ian Devine, Stephen Kletscher and junior Nick Landry will contribute. Unobskey appeared in all nine games last fall and registered 20 solo tackles, 11 assists, and one tackle for a loss, while Landry had six solo tackles, and one assist.
“Our seniors have continued to provide great leadership throughout training camp as well by leading by example,” added Raymond.
On offense Raymond will need to replace right tackle Karsten Salveson up front. The rest of the Eph offensive line returns including nearly every one of the skill players from 2018 and every Eph who scored a point.
Junior John Rooney returns at center, while the top candidates at right tackle include Pat Watson, Tallon Garelli and John Freeman. Also returning up front for the Ephs are Jeremy Subjinski at left tackle and left guard Jeff MacArthur.
For the third straight year the Eph offense will be directed by junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron who is a threat to run or throw. Maimaron accounted for 1,691 total yards last season (188/game), scored eight touchdowns on the ground, and threw for nine touchdowns.
Maimaron connected on 104 of 197 passes (52.8%) for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns. On the ground Maimaron gained 547 yards and ran for an additional eight touchdowns.
Sophomore Jackson Bischoping who completed 33 of 66 passes (50%) for 436 yards and five TDs will back-up Maimaron at quarterback after appearing in five games in his first season.
Junior running back TJ Dozier also returns. A year ago, Dozier appeared in six games and carried the ball 73 times for 495 yards (6.8 yds. per carry) and he scored four touchdowns.
Sophomore Carter Begel in his debut season last fall carried the ball 85 times for 266 yards and scored three touchdowns. Dan Vaughan who was a wide receiver last season is also working at running back.