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Thursday, November 15, 2007

MU football (3-6) final game of 2007 vs. future NEC opponent Duquesne (6-3)/MY PREDICTION/Pre-game story


WEST LONG BRANCH - It happens every season.[PARA]
""Graduating and moving on is what you're supposed to do in college,''said Monmouth
University football coach Kevin Callahan.[PARA]
Today (Sat., Nov. 17) 12 Monmouth seniors will make their last appearances at Kessler Field
as the Hawks (3-6) host Duquesne (6-3) in the 2007 finale for both teams.
""Most of them have been part of two NEC championships (2004 and 2006), some of them part
of three (2003),'' said the coach. ""That's quite an achievement on their part.''
It's also the beginning of the rest of their lives for the seniors including wide out Adam
San Miguel and defensive end Chris Reed.
The 5-10, 175 pound San Miguel is the answer to the trivia question, ""Who hold the Monmouth
record for most career catches.''
His 190 receptions entering today's game is already 40 more than current Dallas Cowboy and
former Hawk Miles Austin.
San Miguel said he also hopes to pursue a career in football beyond college. ""Anything,''
he said. ""I'll just train, see what opportunities come to me and see if I can capatalize on
If not football than he said business, the sports industry, or both also beckon. ""The sky
is the limit,'' San Miguel said.
San Miguel said he takes pride in his record. ""Especially since it belonged to Miles and
he's in the NFL,'' San Miguel said.
Reed said he plans to enter the field of corporate law. ""In house attorneys, something
along those lines,'' said Reed who is majoring in finance and business management.
""I've always had an interest in the law and felt it's something I could do well in,'' said
The 6-2, 235 pound Reed stepped into action immediately as a freshman. ""I'm really
happy I got the chance,'' he said. ""I've been a part of some great teams and had a lot of
great teammates.''
The non-conference game is also a portal into the future as Duquesne, long time power of
MAAC football, joins the Northeast Conference in 2008.
This season Duquesne has defeated NEC members Robert Morris, St. Francis, Pa., and Sacred
The 2007 MAAC co-champions with Iona feature the league's Preseason Offensive Player of the
Year in wide
receiver Bruce Hocker. The 6-4, 205 pound senior has caught 48 passes for 625 yards and eight
""I know it's their ambition, their goal, to make clean sweep of the NEC this year,'' said
Callahan. ""They're a very talented team.''
"'You always want to end the season on a good note,'' said San Miguel. ""Especially for
the younger guys, give them something positive to feed off of going into the off season. And for me and the older guys to go off with a win.''
"'Saturday is somewhat bitter sweet in that it is their (seniors) last game in a Monmouth
uniform, their last time playing on Kessler Field,'' Callahan said. "'They'll all be missed.''
Along with San Miguel and Reed, Saturday will also be the final game for Derek and Brian
Bischoff, Jonathan Dunn, Vinny Fonti, Brian Frech, Jordan Good, Neal Haynes, Larry Hudson,
Jarrett Osborne-Revis, and Bob Skellenger.
At 0-3 at home Monmouth will be attempting to avoid its second winlesss season at Kessler
Field in its 15 years of football.
In Monmouth's only other meeting with Duquesne the Dukes prevailed 12-10 in the 2003 ECAC
Bowl at at Rooney Field.
in Pittsburgh.

2007 Dukes' SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time/Result

09/01/07 vs. BUCKNELL Pittsburgh, Pa. L, 28-19
09/15/07 at Brown Providence, R.I. L, 28-17
09/22/07 at Sacred Heart Fairfield, Conn. W, 30-23 (OT)
09/29/07 vs. FROSTBURG STATE Pittsburgh, Pa. W, 37-10
10/06/07 at Marist* Poughkeepsie, N.Y. W, 31-21
10/13/07 at Saint Francis (PA) Loretto, Pa. W, 24-17
10/20/07 vs. ROBERT MORRIS Pittsburgh, Pa. W, 17-14
10/27/07 at Iona* New Rochelle, N.Y. L, 28-23
11/10/07 vs. LA SALLE* Pittsburgh, Pa. W, 51-8
11/17/07 at Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. 12:00 p.m. ET

Meanwhile -

My prediction record: 6-3.

My thoughts: I'm not all that wowed with the Dukes depsite their record. That they needed OT to defeat Sacred Heart and struggled with SFPA is not that impressive a resume.

MU has to control their passing game while at the same time this is not the Albany defense.

My score: Monmouth, 27-20.


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