September 5, 2014

Rowan football’s home opener - Head coach Jay Accorsi talks Widener, game plan and fight songs

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Headed into its 2014 season opener against Widener University on Sept. 5, Rowan football has prepared for the many different situations that the opposition might present. With Widener beginning its third straight season under a new head coach, there is not much that the Profs and head coach Jay Accorsi can specifically plan for.

“[Davis] is very dynamic, probably one of the better receivers we’ll see all year long,” Accorsi said.

“It’s really not easy, we’ve just tried to plan for everything,” Accorsi said. “I think the nice part is when you’re in training camp, you try to cover a lot of things that you’re going to see during the course of the year. For our first game, it helps that we’re coming off training camp because we’re kind of prepared for a little bit of everything.”

For Widener, star wide receiver Anthony Davis continues to climb the university record books and enters his final season with the team as a top threat on both offense and special teams. Meanwhile, quarterback Seth Klein comes off a season in which he passed for 2,809 yards — fifth most in Widener history — 17 touchdowns and finished second in the nation with a 74.4 completion percentage. Widener’s offense poses a formidable test for the Profs’ defense.

“[Davis] is very dynamic, probably one of the better receivers we’ll see all year long,” Accorsi said. “Our hope is that we can contain him a little bit and hopefully give [Klein] some different looks and change it up a bit because he’s still fairly young. At the same time, we have to try to stop the run game.”

Defensively, Widener totes a strong front seven, which means Rowan’s passing attack must be able to take advantage of its opportunities.

“We’re going to try to run the football, obviously that’s what we did last year,” Accorsi said. “But I think with the addition of Warren Oliver and having all the receivers and tight ends that had to play last year, our goal is going to be to try to keep them off balance.”

Leading up to the team’s matchup, Accorsi recognized offensive and defensive players who have looked impressive in practice.

“I’d have to say that, defensively, [safety] Kurt Kingett has looked really good,” Accorsi said. “I think Kurt is really starting to come on in the secondary, and I think [linebacker] Tyler Jenkins has flashes and can be a dynamic player for us.

On the offensive side, I’d say [receiver] Russ Forchion has looked good this week as well. It’s his second year in the system and he’s really made himself a student of the game.”

Switching tones, Accorsi encouraged everyone attending Friday’s home matchup versus Widener to learn the Rowan fight song, “Let’s Hear it for the Profs!” For every touchdown or score in the game, he wants everyone to sing the fight song. He has also planned for his players to run over to the stands, face the crowd and sing it together at the end of the game.

Rowan College Newspaper

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