Prospect Preview: Hudson Valley

HVCC's football program was established in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges in New York to field a varsity football team. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record, part of dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.


HUDSON VALLEY C.C.

Location: Troy, NY
Head Coach: Robert Jojo
Conference: Northeast
2000 Record: 6-3
Interesting Fact: Since 1969, nearly 300 Hudson Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and 15 have gone on to play professionally.
Internet site: Hudson Valley Football 



The Vikings

2001 TOP PROSPECTS

Last year, the Vikings were 6-3, which is something they may improve on in 2001.

Although it's early in spring, Coach Robert Jojo was able to give us a rundown of his top prospects for next season.


2001 PROSPECTS TO WATCH

KEITH HILL
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 260
Forty: 4.65
Position: ILB
Notes: "A real player. He has preliminarily been offered by a couple of schools. Marshall gave him an official offer. Louisiana Tech is serious. Michigan State, USC, and Auburn are others who have written," said Coach Jojo. Hill led the team in tackles and started every game for the Vikings, which helped him earn Second-team All-Conference honors. "He's not a chubby, fat guy," said Jojo. "And he's closer to 6-4." It's possible that Hill will move outside to DE at the next level but his heart is at ILB. Hill is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.

RENO SANGRO
Ht/Wt: 6-5, 304
Forty: 5.1
Position: OT
Notes: Second-team All-Conference in 2000. "Everybody is looking at him," said Jojo. "He has great feet and gained thirty pounds in the last year...he could easily carry 315 with his frame." Sangro's biggest need is additional strength, so he's working hard in the weight room. Sangro will need to bear down in the classroom but coach says he'll be OK when all is said and done. The big man is originally from Montross, NY.

DERRICK DYER
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 170
Forty: 4.5
Position: WR
Notes: "Dyer is a legit, low-4.5 guy," said Jojo. "He can run, jump...his main liability is he needs to hit the weights and gain a couple pounds." After making about 25 catches, Dyer was named first-team All-Conference. This flanker calls Rochester, NY home.

SHAWN MILLER
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 185
Forty: 4.6
Position: WR
Notes: Another first-team All-Conference performer after hauling in 35 balls. Honorable-mention AA. "Great hands, tough, and a better blocker than Dyer," said Jojo. Miller is a touch slower, however. Following is from an official HVCC press release following last season:

"Miller, a freshman, exploded onto the Hudson Valley football scene, burning Lackawanna Junior College for four catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns in his debut game. His yardage total fell just three shy of Hudson Valley's single-game record. Then, fighting double coverage most of the year, Miller finished the 2000 campaign with 33 receptions for 649 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named a First Team All-NFC performer.

Miller recorded 11 receptions against Navy Prep in 2000, setting a Hudson Valley single-game record. He holds two of the top three single-game yardage marks and his 19.7 yards per catch is the second-best in school history.

Miller, who has had a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds, plans to pitch for Hudson Valley's baseball team in the spring."


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