College football preview: Rowan Profs look to make noise in the NJAC

Matt Leon
August 27, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Rowan senior wide receiver Elijah Rehm

Rowan University Athletics

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Rowan Profs are hoping to build off a solid 6-4 (5-4 in the NJAC) 2018 season.

Picked to finish fifth in the preseason New Jersey Athletic Conference poll, Rowan will open 2019 at home on Saturday, Sept. 7, against Widener.

The Profs are coached by Jay Accorsi, who is entering his 18th season as the head man in Glassboro, and he's been pleased with his squad's work so far this summer.

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"It's been a good camp," he said. "I think it's been very competitive. We have a good group of returning players coming back. I thought we did a great job of bringing in some really good new players to the program. So I'm very pleased with where we are right now."

Accorsi says quarterback was the biggest question for him coming into camp as they determine who will be the starter under center.

"I think we're still not there yet to make a decision," he said. "Both have really competed with (sophomore) Mike Husni that came in mid-semester and then (sophomore) Nick Couzzi who was here. They battled in the spring and have continued that battle through training camp."

Accorsi says they will be able to surround the starting quarterback with some high-level pass catchers.

"Wide receiver with (senior) Elijah Rehm, a preseason All-American coming back, captain," he said. "Nick Grosso, (senior) wide receiver, captain, coming back. Cody Madden, senior tight end, coming back, so I think there's enough pieces there for whatever quarterback to be able to throw to some really experienced players."

Braking down some strengths on the defensive side of the ball, Accorsi said, "Preseason All-American (senior defensive lineman) David Gajderowicz, certainly we know what he can do, elected captain by his teammates. Anthony LaRosa, one of the senior linebackers, he was elected captain, and has looked really good. Then we have a really experienced secondary with a lot of players in (junior) Malachi Winters, (junior) Calvin Harper, (junior) Quincy Jenkins, (senior) Kameron Kennedy and some of the others. So we're pretty deep in the secondary and pretty deep up front with experience."

That Rowan/Widener opener on Sept. 7 is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

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