Duquesne Announces 2010 Football Recruiting Class

March 2, 2010

Duquesne University head football coach Jerry Schmitt announced the addition of 16 student-athletes to the Dukes football program today.

The incoming class covers five states ranging from Pennsylvania to Hawaii.

This is the third season Duquesne has offered scholarships in the sport of football in the modern era.

"We are pleased with the quality of student-athletes that have made the decision to join us at Duquesne University," said Schmitt. "The overall class make-up is strong academically, high on character, and fits the positional needs of our team.

"The coaching staff did an excellent job identifying young men that will contribute to the growth of our program in the Northeast Conference. We are excited to begin preparing for the 2010 season when our new recruits join the remainder of the team for pre-season camp."

The 2010 season will be Duquesne's third as an associate football-playing member of the Northeast Conference.

The Dukes, who return 17 starters from last year's 3-8 team, will open four weeks of spring practice on March 24. The annual spring game will take place on Saturday, April 17 on Rooney Field. The time of the game is to be announced.


NAME                HT    WT    POS     CL   HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL
Dominic Broglia     6-3   270   OL      Fr.  Canonsburg, Pa./Canon McMillan
Randall Coleman     6-1   175   WR      Fr.  Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic
Ryan Ho             5-7   175   RB      Fr.  Pearl City, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools
E.J. Kosec          6-1   205   DB      Fr.  Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary
Michael Lancaster   6-3   215   LB      Fr.  Irvine, Calif./University
Brandon Martin      5-10  160   WR/DB   Fr.  Canton, Ohio/GlenOak
Marty Mitchell      6-2   195   QB      Fr.  Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child
Brett Modic         6-3   225   LB/TE   Fr.  Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary
Noel Oduho          6-5   196   WR      Fr.  Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep
Rich Piekarski      6-3   200   QB      Fr.  Hudson, Ohio/Hudson
Brian Pommerer      6-3   193   WR      Fr.  Malvern, Pa./Great Valley
Kyle Shuman         6-5   230   TE/DE   Fr.  Edinboro, Pa./General McLane
Toby Thuer          6-2   215   LB      Fr.  Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell
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Shayne Wills        6-2   260   OL      Fr.  Honolulu, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools
Tim Wood            6-4   280   OL      Fr.  Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic
Tyler Zimmer        6-2   210   LB      Fr.  Harrison City, Pa./Penn-Trafford


DOMINIC BROGLIA - 2009 AAAA Great Southern All-Conference selection at offensive tackle ... chosen to play in the Tri-County All-Star football game in June ... team was conference runners-up in 2008 and play-off qualifiers in 2007 and 2008 ... three-year letterman in football and track & field ... two-way starter on offensive and defensive lines.

RANDALL COLEMAN - Played both receiver and defensive back ... helped 7-3 Serra Catholic to the Class AA WPIAL playoffs ... had 36 catches for 540 yards (15.0 ypc.) , returned 10 punts for 170 yards (17.0 per return) and averaged 25.7 yards per kickoff return as a senior ... added 33 tackles and four interceptions ... named second team all-Black Hills Conference ... caught 68 passes for 1,064 yards (15.6 ypc.) for his career holds the school record in the 400m (49.3).

RYAN HO - Honolulu Star-Bulletin Offensive Player of the Year and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Offensive Player of the Year helped lead Kamehameha to the Division I State Championship ... ran for 1,515 yard on 228 carries (6.7 ypc.) and scored 20 touchdowns as a senior ... finished the season with 124 points ...was named first team all- ILH and second team all-state as a junior ... was also a standout soccer player.

ED KOSEC - Three-year letterman ... had 80 tackles and two interceptions at strong safety ... also played fullback ... scored one touchdown via interception return, four by rush and one by reception ... played for a Poland Seminary team that finished 10-3 on its was to an All-American Conference title ... senior class president ... National Honor Society.

MICHAEL LANCASTER - Named all-league, all-county and all-CIF as a senior ... named team defensive MVP.

BRANDON MARTIN - Three-year letterman for a GlenOak team that advanced to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons ... won the Federal League championship with a 9-3 record in 2009 ... played receiver as a junior and quarterback as a senior ... also played cornerback ... broke up eight passes and returned an interception 100 yards as a senior ... was named to the 2009 Associated Press Northeast Ohio Inland District Division I second team at CB ... also named All-Federal League and all-Stark County ... honor roll student ... earned a spot on the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Academic All-Ohio Football Team ... also played basketball.

BRETT MODIC - Helped Poland Seminary to a 10-3 record, an All-American Conference championship and regional runner-up spot ... had 70 tackles and 13 sacks as a senior on his way to being named first team all-conference and second team all-Northeast Ohio.

MARTY MITCHELL - Four-year letterman in football and baseball ... three-year starter at quarterback ... team captain as a senior ... ranked as the No. 5 QB in the state of Michigan by rivals.com ... helped Divine Child to a 5-5 record and playoff berth in the Detroit Catholic High School League ... an injury in the final regular season game cost a chance to play in the playoffs ... completed 88-of-173 passes for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns ... also ran the ball 39 times for 114 yards and three scores ... named all-city, all-league and all-Catholic.

NOEL ODUHO - Three-year letterman in football, two-year in basketball and one-year in track ... helped Erie Prep to an 11-3 record on the way to earning both the District 10 and Region 6 titles ... Prep advanced to the state Class AAA quarterfinal ... was Prep's third leading receiver this past season with eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown.

RICH PIEKARSKI - Third team all-state and first team all-district quarterback ... finished his career as Hudson's alltime leader in passing yards (2,094) and total offense (3,377) ... led the team with 877 yards rushing and 16 rushing TDs as a senior ... completed 88-of-146 passes for 1,162 yards and seven more scores on his way to being named team MVP for the 8-2 Explorers ... is a standout point guard who is averaging nearly 17 points and nine rebounds for the Hudson basketball team ...his uncle, Bill played basketball for the Dukes from 1974-77 ... another uncle, Dave, played for Duquesne's freshman team ... a third uncle, Gene, also graduated from DU.

BRIAN POMMERER - First team all-area and all-league at both running back and kicker ... scored 35 career touchdowns ... rushed for 1,051 yards and scored 12 TDs (141 total points) as a junior ... missed the first six games of 2009 with a broken collarbone ... will play for the East in the 2010 Valor Bowl on June 2 ... is an all-league infielder for the baseball team.

KYLE SHUMAN - Played tight end and defensive line for a Class AA Region 4 champion General McLane ... also plays basketball.

TOBY THUER - Helped Class AAA Hopewell to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the WPIAL championship game ... named honorable mention all-Parkway Conference ... three-year letterman.

SHAYNE WILLS - One of two of the first Duquesne football recruits from the state of Hawaii ... three-year letterman ... also a two-year letterman in track ... 2009 state discus qualifier.

TIM WOOD - Was a varsity letterwinner at Rochester Adams High School in Michigan prior to transferring to North Catholic for his senior year ... helped lead North Catholic to its first outright championship in 12 years and an appearance in the WPIAL semi-finals ... named honorable mention All-Eastern Conference ... selected to play in the Pittsburgh North-South All-Star Game.

TYLER ZIMMER - Team co-captain ... first team all-conference linebacker ... two-time team MVP ... led Penn-Trafford in rushing as a senior ... ran for 509 yards and had 56 tackles as a junior.




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