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Safeties Preview

August 21, 2009


    “The safeties are a big part of our (4-2-5) scheme,” says West Liberty University defensive coordinator Jeff Monteroso, “and I really like the group we’re working with this season.

    “We have a lot of experience coming back with several guys who can play more than one position and some new faces who look like they’re going to develop into very good players for us. This is a group we’ll be looking to for production and leadership throughout the season.”

    Strong Safety: Jayson Keyser (6-2, 185), a junior from Bellaire, Ohio, is primed for a big season here after nailing down the starting job in the final weeks of the 2008 campaign. Keyser’s signature moment came against Shepherd when he turned the game around with an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown. Seniors Mike Kane (6-0, 200) of Bolivar, Ohio and Lamar Stewart (5-10, 208) of Queens, N.Y. will see plenty of action, both in support of Keyser at strong safety and on special teams, while providing veteran leadership.

    Weak Safety: Andre “Moon” Robinson (6-0, 195), a redshirt junior from Washington, D.C., has nailed down this starting job with an outstanding preseason camp. Robinson bounced back from a knee injury that kept him off the field in 2007 to become a valuable contributor with 33 tackles last fall and his stock continues to rise. Lawrence Robinson (6-0, 180), a sophomore from Saluda, Va., made his mark on special teams a year ago and should see more action this fall. Kyle Rapp (6-0, 195), a junior from West Jefferson, Ohio, also got some game experience on special teams last season. Jeremy Presley (5-8, 180), a sophomore from Steubenville, Ohio, will handle the long-snapping chores and has the ability to step in at either strong or weak safety. Two true freshmen – Zach Foose (5-10, 200) from Wheeling Central and Josh Quinn (6-1, 200) from Byesville, Ohio – have impressed the coaches in preseason camp.

    Free Safety: Paul Kallevig (6-3, 185), a senior from Brecksville, Ohio, is back for his second season as the Hilltoppers’ starting free safety. The rangy speedster – he’s also a hurdler for the track team – had 58 tackles, 7 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions last season. “Paul’s been in the program for four years now and we’re expecting a great senior season from him,” Monteroso said. P.J. Polsley (5-10, 170), a sophomore from Parkersburg, W.Va., could contribute here as well as on special teams. Lawrence Robinson provides another option.


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