PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Division III Rowan College Profs are a few week into their preseason exercises in Glassboro, New Jersey as they put together for the 2017 school soccer season.
The Profs, members of the New Jersey Athletic Convention, are coming off a 6-four season. An enormous storyline right here in 2017 for Rowan is all the brand new faces that should play key roles with simply 9 starters (5 offense, three protection, one particular groups) returning.
“That is the primary time, I feel in all probability in our program historical past, that we’ve extra new gamers than returning gamers,” Rowan head coach Jay Accorsi tells KYW Newsradio. “However that’s good, you get an opportunity to mould plenty of good younger males, (and) it’s going fairly properly. I feel the returners got here in in actually fine condition. I feel the brand new gamers are doing a superb job of following instructions up to now. It’s going nicely.”
One key place the place the Profs could have a brand new starter is quarterback the place a sophomore takes over the offense.
“Naldy Tavarez was in this system final yr, labored his approach to be the again-up,” Accorsi says. “[He] did an ideal job within the spring. Got here into camp in nice form. I feel we’re going to should develop with him slightly bit, as a result of he doesn’t have lots of recreation expertise, however I feel he’s labored actually onerous, he’s been very diligent. We’re going to should study a bit bit to not ask him to do quite a bit early on. I feel if we’re capable of run the ball and type of shield him slightly bit early, I feel he’s going to turn into a very good [quarterback] for us.”
On protection, Accorsi likes the potential he sees together with his defensive backs.
“Within the secondary, we’re inexperienced, however I feel we’re very athletic,” he says. “So it’s quite a bit like final yr, the place we had a whole lot of expertise within the secondary and will do plenty of issues, I feel this yr we’re athletic, so I feel we’re going to need to undergo some rising pains, however ultimately we’d be capable of do some various things.”
One veteran the Profs will lean on closely within the secondary is senior security Shaquille Lee who had three interceptions and 6 tackles for loss final season. With all the brand new faces, Lee relishes being a pacesetter on this group.
“Ever since I got here right here, I’ve felt like I used to be a pacesetter,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “I’m that man that…