Nine Former Hudson Valley Student-Athletes On NCAA Division I-A Football Rosters
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 22, 2004
The preseason college football magazines recently have arrived on newsstands nationwide and Hudson Valley Community College is well-represented on the projected depth charts throughout the country.
In Athlon's College Football Preview Magazine, former Hudson Valley players Keith Hill, Buchie Ibeh and John Howell IV are listed on the two-deep for their respective teams.
Hill is in his senior season as a defensive end at the University of Pittsburgh. He contributed 16 tackles for the Panthers last year. Ibeh, who caught five passes for Temple University last season, is a projected starting wide receiver for the Owls in 2004. Howell led the Vikings' defense with 63 tackles last season and is expected to be one of New Mexico State University's top linebackers this fall.
Six other former Vikings also participated in spring drills and will be on NCAA Division I-A rosters this fall.
Wide receiver Derrick Dyer, defensive back Antwan Cunningham and offensive lineman Leroy Auguste are playing for the University of Buffalo. Dyer led the Bulls with three receptions in their opening game a year ago before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Cunningham broke up three passes in Buffalo's spring game in April and will be playing his first season with the Bulls this fall.
Shadee Davis, who had 14 career sacks for Hudson Valley in 2001 and 2002, is a defensive lineman for West Virginia University. Audwin Davis, who contributed 42 tackles for the Vikings in 2002, is a linebacker at the University of South Florida. Former quarterback Ross Jackson is playing at East Carolina University.
Hudson Valley will open its 2004 campaign on Saturday, September 4 against Navy Prep in Newport, Rhode Island.
Hudson Valley Football Notables:
Former Hudson Valley linebacker Kelly Wiltshire began his eighth season in the Canadian Football League on Thursday, June 17 when his Ottawa Renegades defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 37-25. The two-time CFL All-Star led the Renegades with 79 tackles last season.
Former Hudson Valley linebacker Cecil Doggette led the Arena Football League's Grand Rapids Rampage with 53 tackles in 2004. Doggette, who recently completed his 10th season, was named All-Arena in 1999 and 2002 and is the all-time leading tackler for the Arizona Rattlers.
Huey Whittaker, who played wide receiver for Hudson Valley in 1999, signed a rookie free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004 and currently is on the Steelers' roster.