Noah Spence, Ben Dupree, Jawon Chisholm And Other Former Mid-Penn Players To Watch In College Football This Year
Posted July 18, 2013 9:28 pm
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Here’s a look at some former Mid-Penn football players currently playing collegiate ball this upcoming season. If you think I should mention someone, email me at email@example.com and I’ll include them on my next report.
Ben Dupree (Susquehanna Township) – The Citadel – Quarterback – 5’9”, 185, Junior
Dupree has played in all 22 games during his first two seasons. He accumulated over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2012 season. Dupree is a perfect fit for The Citadel’s run-heavy offense and is one of college football’s hardest players to tackle in open space.
Cameron Artis-Payne (Harrisburg)– Auburn – Running Back-5’11, 208, Junior
Artis-Payne has overcome a lot of hurdles to land at Auburn. He was the top-rated JUCO running back in 2012 after rushing for 2,048 yards and 25 touchdowns. Artis-Payne was also named the MVP of Auburn’s Spring Game earlier this year. Look for Artis-Payne to make a name for himself quickly in the SEC.
Jalen Fitzpatrick (Harrisburg) – Temple – Wide Receiver – 5’11”, 180, Sophomore
The former high school quarterback has transformed himself into a pretty good wide receiver. Fitzpatrick has the speed and can runs precise routes. He’s a tough cover in any one-on-one situation. Fitzpatrick ended the season with 30 catches for 363 yards and 2 touchdowns. If the Owls can get a quarterback who can be consistent for them, Fitzpatrick should easily double those numbers.
Jawon Chisholm (Harrisburg)– Akron – Running Back – Junior – 6’1”, 200
It’s no secret in the MAC Conference that Jawon Chisholm is one of the top running backs. Chisholm ran for 953 yards and 5 touchdowns during the 2012 season and has rushed for almost 2,000 yards and 10 touchdowns during his first two seasons. If the Zips can get some good offensive line play, Chisholm should be able to reach the 1,200 yard mark at the very least.
Justin Shirk (Harrisburg) – Bloomsburg – Outside Linebacker – Junior – 6’1”, 240
Shirk improved upon his freshman season by finishing his sophomore season with 93 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles. He also made the 2012 All-PSAC Eastern Division Team as a linebacker. Simply put, Shirk is a stud for the Huskies.
Kevin Snyder (Cumberland Valley) – Rutgers – Outside Linebacker – Junior – 6’3”, 225
The former Cumberland Valley standout got his feet wet during the 2012 season and finished with 31 tackles and 2 sacks. Snyder is expected to start this year and take on a bigger leadership role for the Rutgers on defense. The very athletic Snyder is more that capable of becoming one of the best linebackers in the Big 10 this year.
Noah Spence (Bishop McDevitt) – Ohio State – Defensive End –Sophomore- 6’3”, 247
Spence saw a lot of time during the 2012 season and was able to make 12 tackles and 1 sack. He’s gotten bigger and stronger since enrolling at OSU and is expected to start at one of the defensive end positions. Spence will be one of the most feared players in the Big Ten this year. Count on it.
Tate Moore-Jacobs (Cedar Cliff) – Wilkes – Inside Linebacker – Junior – 5’10”
Had to include Moore-Jacobs on this list. He has been a tackling machine for Wilkes since day one. During the 2012 season he had 105 tackles (49 solo, 12 tackles for a loss), 3 fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and a pass breakup. He’s the heart and soul of Wilkes on defense.
5 First-Year Players To Consider
These players will playing their first year at their prospective schools.
Aris Scott (C.D. East) – Wide Receiver – Delaware State – Scott was ranked the best JUCO Athlete after the 2012 season. Highly under recruited coming out of C.D. East, don’t be surprised if the athletic Scott makes a dent in the rotation at Wide Receiver.
Averee Robinson (Susquehanna Township) – Defensive Tackle – Temple – After an eye-opening spring game, Robinson looks to take that momentum into summer camp and earn a spot in the defensive tackle rotation.
Colby Grant (Susquehanna Township) – Athlete – Towson State – If anything else, Grant should make an immediate impact in the return game. He’s a game-changer with breath-taking speed. Towson easily got a steal with Grant.
Corey Ford (Bishop McDevitt)– Cornerback – California (PA) – Ford transferred in from Towson state and should push for one of the starting cornerback positions. He was a starter at Towson and a pretty good one at that.
Jameel Poteat (Bishop McDevitt) – Running Back – Stoney Brook – Poteat transferred in from Cincinnati and looks to push for some playing time immediately. After the Bearcats went through a coaching change, Poteat decided a change of scenery would benefit him. I have to agree with that assessment. I think Poteat, who is now injury-free, should have the breakout season that he’s been waiting for. He has the potential to be an impact player for Stoney Brook this year.