Post 935 – Team Preview 2022: Linden Tigers

Linden Tigers 

2021: 

  • 3-6 
  • Lost to Irvington in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 4 playoffs 
  • Scored 112 points: 12.44 average 
  • Allowed 189 points: 21.00 average 
  • Wins were against Westfield, Montgomery, and JFK (Iselin) 
  • Losses were against Cranford, Woodbridge, Colonia, North Hunterdon, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood 

Graduation: 

  • DE Ibn Nadir – New Haven 
  • WR/LB Jahaad Halsey – New Haven 
  • RB/DB Eddy Charles – Western Connecticut 
  • OL Isiah Taylor – Western Connecticut  

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 3 

Quarterback: 

  • Tequan Thomas, Junior, 6-0, 165 – returning starter

Running Back: 

  • Jahson Correa, Senior, 5-7, 170 – will share duties 
  • Rajuhn Charles-Evans, Senior, 5-7, 155 – will share duties 
  • Kerdel Moses, Senior, 5-11, 165 – will share duties 

Fullback (situational): 

  • Alex Donic, Junior, 6-0, 19 – will see action; started on defense 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Semaj Irving, Sophomore, 5-11, 170 – projected starter 
  • Jawon Lee, Sophomore, 6-1, 180 – projected starter 
  • Davon McClintock, Junior, 6-1, 170 – projected starter 
  • Joey Fitz, Junior, 5-10, 160 – part of rotation; will play in 4-wide receiver sets 

Tight End: 

  • Adrian Castillo, Junior, 6-1, 210 – projected starter 

Offensive Line: 

  • Jahwan Gass, Sophomore, 6-3, 220 – projected starter at left tackle 
  • Dillon Thompson, Senior, 6-1, 225 – returning starter at left guard 
  • Andrew Plummer, Senior, 6-2, 225 – returning starter at center 
  • Rochnel Saint-Juste, Senior, 6-1, 250 – projected starter at right guard 
  • Kevin Taylor, Sophomore, 6-1, 215 – projected starter at right tackle 
  • Shahad Brown, Sophomore, 6-1, 220 – key reserve 

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-4 
  • Returning Starters: 3  

Defensive Line: 

  • Shahad Brown, Sophomore, 6-1, 220 – projected starter at end 
  • Dillon Thompson, Senior, 6-1, 225 – projected starter at end 
  • Rochnel Saint-Juste, Senior, 6-1, 250 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Andrew Plummer, Senior, 6-2, 225 – projected starter at tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Myles Hamilton, Junior, 6-2, 210 – returning starter on inside 
  • Alex Donic, Junior, 6-0, 19 – returning starter on inside 
  • Kevin Taylor, Sophomore, 6-1, 215 – part of rotation on inside 
  • Nate Fripp, Senior, 6-2, 185 – part of rotation on inside 
  • Kerdel Moses, Senior, 5-11, 165 – projected starter on outside 
  • Jahson Correa, Senior, 5-7, 170 – projected starter on outside 

Secondary: 

  • Tequan Thomas, Junior, 6-0, 165 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Semaj Irving, Sophomore, 5-11, 170 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Quadir Booker, Senior, 5-11, 170 – projected starter at safety; started two games 
  • Davon McClintock, Junior, 6-1, 170 – part of rotation at safety and outside linebacker 

Special Teams: 

  • Senior Josue Jimenez will be the kicker and junior Alex Donic is the punter 
  • McClintock and Irving are the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/2, at Rahway 
  • Friday, 9/9, Woodbridge at home 
  • Friday, 9/16, at Colonia 
  • Friday, 9/23, Perth Amboy at home 
  • Friday, 9/30, at JFK (Iselin) 
  • Friday, 10/7, Summit at home 
  • Friday, 10/14, Cranford at home 
  • Friday, 10/21, at Montgomery 

Concerns: 

  • Inexperience 
  • Starting two sophomores at tackle 
  • Depth 

Recruiting: 

  • Thompson has interest from UConn  and 1-AA schools 
  • Plummer will play either football or baseball 
  • Fripp is a top athlete and a sleeper prospect 
  • Underclassmen:
  • Hamilton is a Power-5 possibility with interest from Rutgers and Pitt 
  • Thomas is a 1-AA/1-A prospect 
  • Irving and Lee are very good sophomore receivers 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We have a young team with some talent, but lack experience. It is a good group that works and our quarterback returns – he’s probably the fastest kid on the field. On defense, Myles Hamilton is the top player and he’s the son of former Giant Keith Hamilton.” – Head Coach Al Chiola

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