Local 2011 college football preview


Two weeks from today, Temple University junior defensive end Kadeem Custis will begin to do his best to sustain his North Philadelphia school’s recent reputation as a football force. A product of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., the 6-foot-4 stalwart will look to frustrate the Villanova Wildcats at Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave. 

With 17 wins in the last two years, the Mid-American Conference member welcomes a new coach, Steve Addazio, fresh off a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida. The Connecticut native will often enlist Custis, a 295-pound monster, to terrorize offensive linemen.

The product of 32nd and Dickinson streets, he claimed multiple All-Catholic selections as an offensive and defensive lineman at his East Passyunk Crossing secondary school. With the Owls, he has appeared in 22 games, with four starts, registering 23 tackles. He recorded his lone career sack Oct. 23 in a 42-0 road decimation of The University at Buffalo. His sophomore year efforts helped his squad to finish 16th in Division I with a 19.1 points-against average.

Frank Coleman, Darrell Dulany, Louis Mobley and Buddy Visack also plan to make Neumann-Goretti proud. A sophomore defensive back with Lancaster’s Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Battling Bulldogs, a junior college unit, Coleman will seek to disrupt wide receivers in Seaboard Conference clashes. Senior Dulany will likewise seek interceptions from his defensive back position while playing for the University of Rhode Island Rams, a Colonial Athletic Association participant.

Another senior, Mobley will hope to spring running backs for long runs as an offensive lineman for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks. A sophomore linebacker, Visack will try to stuff runners and drop receivers for Doylestown’s Delaware Valley College Aggies, a Middle Atlantic Conference power, who last season advanced to the second round of the Division III playoffs.

As a tight end for South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., Jahmel Bashir battled the Saints in Thanksgiving Day contests. A senior for the Delaware State University Hornets, he will aim to sting Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference defenders after making six grabs for 72 yards last year. SPR

Contact Staff Writer Joseph Myers at jmyers@southphillyreview.com or ext. 124.