Football set to kick off 2016 season at Wagner

Football set to kick off 2016 season at Wagner

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Anselm College football team begins a new era under head coach Joe Adam when the Hawks travel to Division I-FCS Wagner College on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at Hameline Field in Staten Island, N.Y.

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Making the trip? Tickets are $10 for general admission, with tickets for children costing $6.

HAWKS VS. SEAHAWKS SERIES HISTORY
This is the first meeting between Saint Anselm and Wagner. The Hawks are taking on a Division I-FCS team to open the season for the second-straight year after traveling to Sacred Heart in 2015 and falling to the Pioneers, 43-19.

GUESS WHO'S BACK, BACK AGAIN?
After an injury shortened 2015 season, the Hawks turn the offense back over to senior quarterback Yianni Gavalas. He currently ranks fourth all-time in passing attempts (771), third in completions (526) and yards (5,660) and is the all-time leader in completion percentage (68.2%). His 32 career passing touchdowns currently rank fourth in program history.

RUSHING TO THE FRONT
In the backfield, the Hawks will have to replace the production of Elad Covaliu who graduated fourth on the program's all-purpose yards list and had 17 career touchdowns. Senior Joe Hayman takes over as the lead back after rushing for 311 yards and a pair of touchdowns a season ago. Also vying for carries is junior Correy King who ran the ball 15 times last season.

MAKING A HOLE
Saint Anselm returns all five of their starting offensive lineman from a year ago highlighted by two-time All-NE-10 Second Team choice Ryan Barry. The Hawks ran for 187.2 yards per game last year, ranking second in the NE-10 and 58th in the nation.

BACK TO RETURN
Senior Ryan Monette enters the season ranked third in program history in kickoff return yardage (1,792), and he is only 99 yards away from becoming the all-time leader in return yardage.

FAIRWEATHER FAN
After a breakout freshman campaign that included a nod on the NE-10 All-Rookie Team, Eric Fairweather returns for his sophomore campaign with the Hawks. The Londonderry, N.H. native threw for 1,058 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 716 yards and eight more scores on the ground.

THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS
The Hawks will turn to a pair of kickers to take over the kicking duties from All-NE-10 selection Shane Grayson who graduated in the spring. Sophomore Daniel Parisi will handle the field goal duties, while junior Brendan Mulligan steps into the punter role for the Hawks.

GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL
Saint Anselm returns its top three receivers from a year ago in seniors Zach Bartak and Ryan Monette as well as sophomore Kyle Hill. Bartak led the team with 45 catches for 634 yards and four touchdowns, while Hill and Monette combined for 76 grabs and four touchdowns.

TACKLING NOT A PROBLEM
Senior Josh Garrett returns to the center of the Hawks defense at the linebacker position. Garrett led the Hawks with 92 tackles a season ago while adding a sack and two forced fumbles. Also joining Garrett on defense is senior Jeremy Betts, who finished third on the team with 73 tackles to go with a forced fumble and an interception.

SACK ARTISTS
Senior Kyrell Jaundoo and junior Eddie Matovu return as the top two sack men from a season ago, posting 2.5 quarterback-takedowns last season. The duo also combined for 79 tackles and five fumble recoveries.

UP NEXT FOR THE HAWKS
Saint Anselm returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they open Northeast-10 Conference play against Bentley at 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.

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