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Panthers on the prowl

Wednesday, September 19th

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Panthers are coming off a 4-4 record last season, but more importantly the team won 3 out of its final four games and look to carry some of that momentum into the 2012 season. 

One of the keys for the Panthers has been familiarity and it starts at the quarterback position.  Junior McCallum Foote will be starting for the second straight season.  He led the nation in completions per game last year.  And although he's lost two of his top receivers to graduation, senior tight end Billy Chapman is more than ready to take over the responsibilities of being the main target.

"Last year was a great year for me personally and it definitely shows we can incorporate the tight end game a lot more.", says Chapman.   "Having a full year under his belt is going to be incredible for him.  I mean he improved every game as the year went on."

"We have a lot of pieces back.", addes Foote.  "An offensive line, great skill players, great tight end, great wide receiver great running back.  It's a lot to be excited about.  We're working hard."

It's the second straight year for Foote, but it's also the second straight year for this new look defense.  That unit did give up a lot of points last season, but capped off the year with one of its better performances holding Tufts to just 17 points on the road.

"We put in a lot of work in the offseason, in the weight room, running, on the field.", says linebacker John Weit.  "It's also nice to have a full year under coach Mandigo's system.  All returners have a good idea of what to expect when they come in and have a better understanding of the defense from day 1."

The 8 week NESCAC season starts on Saturday as Bowdoin comes to town.  These two teams did not meet last year.


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