June 3, 2009

Huskies Football Ranked in Top 10

BLOOMSBURG-- The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked seventh in the NCAA Division II pre-season rankings by Lindy's Football Annual.

The Huskies, 11-2 a year ago, will open the 2009 season at home on Thursday, Aug. 27 against 13th-ranked Ashland University. Following the matchup with Ashland, Bloomsburg will have a road game against fifth-ranked California (PA) on Sept. 5. In addition, the Huskies will also face 17th-ranked West Chester on Oct. 31.

Bloomsburg will be led in 2009 by its tri-captains: quarterback Dan Latorre (Catawissa/Southern Columbia), cornerback Jesse Cooper (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) and fullback Stefan Adams (West Chester/Henderson).

Latorre, a senior who will play in 2009 as a graduate student, is two-two time All-PSAC East selection, including a first team selection in 2008. In his career, Latorre has thrown for 5,658 career yards and 49 touchdowns, placing him third in school history in both categories. A year ago he also rushed for 545 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging a team-high 6.5 yards per carry. He became the first Bloomsburg quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game with his 125 yard outing against Shippensburg.

Cooper, a senior, was named a first team pre-season All-American by Lindy's as a defensive back. Last season Cooper named first-team All-PSAC East as both a defensive back and a specialist. He finished the regular season with 38 tackles to go along with nine passes broken up and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. As a return specialist he led the PSAC and ranked in the top 10 nationally in kick return average with a mark of 30.7 yards per return, including a 91-yard return for a touchdown against Millersville. He has shown he is capable of scoring any time he touches the ball, anywhere on the field.

Adams, a senior, carried 70 times last season for 330 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 27 yards proved to be a valuable blocker in front of Derrick Price and Kenny Domzalski. Adams' best game came against Cheyney when he rushed for 73 yards and scored a career-high three touchdowns.

Lindy's Top 25:
1. NW Missouri State
2. Grand Valley State (MI)
3. Minnesota-Duluth
4. Delta State (MS)
5. California (PA)
6. Pittsburg State (MO)
7. Bloomsburg (PA)
8. Ablilene Christian (TX)
9. Carson-Newman (TN)
10. Valdosta State (GA)
11. Chadron State (NE)
12. West Texas A&M
13. Ashland (OH)
14. North Alabama
15. Catawba (NC)
16. Tuskegee (AL)
17. West Chester (PA)
18. Nebraska-Kearney
19. Indiana (PA)
20. Tusculum (TN)
21. Edinboro (PA)
22. Wayne State (NE)
23. Seton Hill (PA)
24. Mars Hill (NC)
25. Central Washington