Football Camp Report #4: The Offensive Line

Jonathan Sheridan

Aug. 22, 2011

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In our continuing series on a position-by-position breakdown of the 2011 Fordham football Rams, here is our final report on the offensive side of the ball: the offensive line.

The Fordham offensive line returns three starters from 2010 along with numerous others who gained valuable playing experience last fall. The 2010 version of the line helped the Fordham offense average 176.0 rushing yards per game, second in the Patriot League and 31st in the NCAA FBS. The Fordham offense was also ranked second in overall offense in the Patriot League, averaging 383.5 yards/game while the line allowed just 16 sacks in eleven games, third best in the Patriot League.

Leading the three returners is senior center Jonathan Sheridan, a three year starter. Last year he appeared in ten games as a junior for the Rams, starting nine at center. Sheridan moved to center as a sophomore in 2009 when starting center Robby Reis was injured in the first game of the year and has been a starter there since.

The other two returning starters are junior Robert Kubacki and sophomore Thomas Fisher. Kubacki and Fisher are slated to start at right and left tackle, respectively.

Kubacki appeared in all eleven games for the Rams as a sophomore, starting ten at left guard, while as a freshman he saw action in eight games, starting six at left tackle.

Fisher, who appeared in all eleven games in 2010, opened his freshman campaign last fall as a tight end but was moved to the offensive line. During the offseason he prepared his body for a spot on the offensive line, adding more than 30 pounds to his six-foot, seven-inch frame.

The other two starters on the line this year are expected to be senior Connor Hartigan at left guard and sophomore Steven Tapia at right guard. Last year, Hartigan appeared in eight games on the offensive line as junior, starting two, playing mostly at right guard. As a sophomore, he saw action in five games, starting one game at left guard, and in his rookie season he appeared in nine games, both on the offensive line and as long snapper.

Tapia was thrown in the mix as a freshman, appearing in seven games for the Rams, making four starts at right guard. In 2009 at Montwood High School in El Paso, Texas, he was named First Team 5A-1 All-District and the Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

Also looking for playing time on the offensive line are juniors John Hohlt, Andrew Milmore, Anthony Perrone and Chris Watkins, sophomore Matt Stolte and freshman Mason Halter.

Hohlt, who enters the season as the backup to Kubacki at right tackle, saw action in nine games on the offensive line for the Rams as a sophomore, starting eight at right guard. Milmore, who will back up Fisher at left guard, appeared in four games as a sophomore, starting two on the offensive line at left guard.

Watkins, who will back up Sheridan at center, appeared in five games as a sophomore for the Rams, starting three on the offensive line, while Stolte and Perrone did not see varsity action last year.

Halter is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was a member of the 2009 team that went undefeated in Ohio Division 1 in the regular season and graded out at a 90% blocking efficiency.

Notes from practice
- After the second scrimmage of camp on Saturday, head coach Tom Masella gave the Rams the day off from practice on Sunday. And it seems to have served the team well as they came out to tonight's practice full of vim and vigor. The entire squad was jumping and shouting throughout pre-practice stretch and that energy carried over to the practice.

- Rams on TV, Japanese Style: After the 2011 Spring Game, eleven Rams stayed around to shoot a video for a Japanese educational television station, similar to PBS in the United States. The program was designed to help Japanese students with their English and the portion of the program with the Rams involved numbers, specifically the number eleven. To view the video, click here, selected the 6 blue tab and then select episode 10. The Rams are in scene four.