New Captains, New Hopes for Monmouth University in 2009

Sean AhernCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

Monmouth University Hawks' Football program ended last season with a 6-1 record behind the University at Albany. In second place with an overall record of 7-4, the Hawks will come into this year the second best team in the Northeastern Conference and ready to take on the Great Danes for the top spot.

Monmouth will be coming into this year with a mix of upperclassmen and first year players as their team hopes to build upon earlier successes. Captains for the upcoming 2009 season were announced in early May and include running back David Sinisi, offensive linemen Kevin Sterling and Shawn Wright, defensive lineman David Kennedy and defensive back Ken Amsel.

"Leadership will be one of the key ingredients to our success in 2009,” said head coach Kevin Callahan to the press in May. “I am happy that our team has selected these players to represent Monmouth Football.”

Sinisi is the lone returning captain from last season and will be accompanied by fellow fifth years Kennedy and Sterling. Sinisi was the first Monmouth player to be named to the Walter Payton Award List after leading the nation in scoring and finishing in the top three for rushing yards per game.

Wright and Sterling both earned First Team All-Northeast Conference last year and helped the Hawks to be named among the top rusihing attacks and ranking eighth in the NCAA after only allowing nine sacks in 11 games. Sterling has started at right tackle for the last two seasons while Wright has started at the right guard position for the past two years.

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Kennedy and Amsel are the two defensive captains going into the 2009 season and have lead the defense for the Hawks to stopping offensive advances last season. Kennedy started each game last season at defensive end,  recording 24 stops – 10 for loss of yards and five and a half sacks. Amsel has started the past two season at corner back and has led the team in interceptions and was the fourth highest tackler on the team with a recorded 47 tackles.

Monmouth University's first game of the 2009 season will begin on Sept. 5 against Colgate University and start NEC competition with a home game against Duquesne on Sept. 19 and will host four of their seven NEC games at home this season.

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