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Rombach Sharp During Duquesne Scrimmage
It was former Duquesne starter Kevin Rombach — not last year’s starter, Connor Dixon, the injury-plagued former Michigan State quarterback from South Park High School — who took the majority of the snaps in spring football practices for the Dukes.
And it was Rombach, a first-team all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League selection in 2007 before being replaced by Dixon for the 2008 season, who threw three long touchdown passes in Duquesne’s annual Red-Blue spring scrimmage on Saturday at Rooney Field.
Duquesne, entering its second season in the Northeast Conference, wrapped up spring practices with a bit of optimism as the Dukes return 15 starters from last year’s 3-7 team that struggled in its first season in the NEC.
“Some of our younger guys showed some good things. Overall, we had a productive spring,” Duquesne coach Jerry Schmitt said.
Rombach, a senior who has thrown for 3,262 yards with a 61.2 completion percentage during his college career, completed 8-of-14 passes for 231 yards Saturday, with two of his touchdown passes going to sophomore Isaac Spragg for 43 and 61 yards. The other, a 34-yarder, was to sophomore Akeem Moore, a Brentwood High School product.
Duquesne is battling injuries. Dixon, who started eight games at quarterback last season for the Dukes after supplanting Rombach for the starting job, is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He has been plagued by a sore throwing arm throughout his college career.
Other key injuries are to junior linebacker Nathan Totino, a Seton-La Salle High School product who was a first-team all-NEC selection last season; and senior tight end Sean Bunevich, a second-team pick. Both are recovering from knee surgery.
“We’re missing a few key players,” Schmitt said, “but it has been encouraging to see other players stepping up.”
Duquesne opens the 2009 season Sept. 5 against visiting Bucknell.
Rombach sharp during Duquesne scrimmage
By Dave Mackall, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review