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Friday, October 19, 2001
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Kit Spicer Kit Spicer shows a remarkable grasp of the Muhlenberg defensive scheme, not only for someone who began his career as a quarterback, but also considering that he’s only had five birthdays in his lifetime.

Spicer, the Mules’ starting rover, was born on Feb. 29, 1980, making him a rare Leap Day baby. Although Spicer says he celebrates his birthday on either February 28 or March 1, “whichever is more convenient,” his last true birthday came following his sophomore season.

Fortunately, Spicer gets to celebrate more often than that on the football field. In his first season as a starter, he is currently third on the team with 36 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. His last-minute interception sealed Muhlenberg’s 22-14 win against Johns Hopkins last week. As a junior, playing mostly on special teams and as the nickel, he recorded 21 stops and received the “Big Hit” Award from the Muhlenberg coaches three times.

All this despite the fact that the deciding factor in Spicer choosing Muhlenberg over Fairfield University was his desire to play quarterback. Several looks at Michael McCabe, who graduated as the school’s all-time leading passer last May, convinced Spicer that a position change might be in his best interests. He switched to wide receiver midway through his freshman year, then jumped to defensive back in the offseason.

“Now that I play defense I couldn’t even imagine playing offense again,” Spicer commented. “Defense for me is so much more fun than playing offense. On offense you have a specific thing you have to do on every play. On defense, especially my position, I can step up at the snap of the ball and pretty much flow to the ball to do what I have to do.”

What he has to do on most plays is give run support. Whereas the other three defensive backs have pass coverage as their primary responsibility, Spicer says hePs about 50-50 run-pass.

“I’m happy in the position that I am,” said Spicer, whose nickname comes from an old English variation on his birth name, Christopher. “I like playing the run. Usually by the time I get there someone else has him wrapped up and I get to hopefully bring a big hit on him.”

And despite his previous life, Spicer has no reservations about leveling the quarterback. “It’s almost a little more fun to hit a quarterback,” he noted. “For the most part quarterbacks aren’t looking to take those hits.”

Spicer also hopes to receive some “hits” this fall, as he has put his resume online in pursuit of an entry position in either investment banking or management consulting. A double major in economics and business administration, Spicer interned the last two summers with Honeywell and A.G. Edwards.

FOOTBALL TAKES TO (GETTYSBURG) BATTLEFIELD

Who: Muhlenberg (4-2, 3-1) at Gettysburg (2-4, 0-3)
What: Muhlenberg’s first road game in almost a month. The Mules need a win to stay in the hunt for the Centennial Conference title and to clinch four straight non-losing seasons for the first time since 1986-89. Gettysburg is looking to break into the CC win column.
When: Saturday, October 20, 1:00
Where: Musselman Stadium
On the Air: Greg Kadetsky, Justin Deutsch and Jon Eddy will call the game live on WMUH 91.7 FM. To listen in, go to the WMUH Web site and click on Real Audio.

Series Record: Gettysburg leads, 40-24-1. The home team has won the last four games in the series, scoring 40 or more points each time. Muhlenberg hasn’t won at Gettysburg since 1991. Last year, the Mules allowed only 166 total yards in a 41-0 win.

Scouting the Bullets: Gettysburg allowed 279 rushing and 423 total yards in losing to Ursinus, 31-7, last week. It was the third time in four games the Bullets scored only seven points. Gettysburg’s headline player is senior linebacker Ryan Moore, who recently became the CC’s all-time leader in tackles. He has six interceptions this year, half of which he’s returned for touchdowns. Freshman Mike Lublanecki is the third-leading rusher in the CC, with 82.8 yards per game. Sophomore Gavin Beier made his first career start at quarterback against Ursinus and was 11-of-32 for 126 yards. Gettysburg is last in the CC in total offense and second-to-last in total defense.

Scouting the Mules: Muhlenberg knocked Johns Hopkins from the ranks of the CC unbeaten with a 22-14 win last week. Sophomore Matt Bernardo scored two touchdowns, giving him a school record-tying 16 for the season. He is the second-leading rusher in the CC, with 677 yards, and the top scorer. Senior Joshua Carter set up the final touchdown with a 73-yard kickoff return. The CC leader in kickoff returns and punt returns, Carter needs 120 yards on kickoff returns and 118 on punt returns to become the CC’s all-time leader in those categories. The Mule defense forced four turnovers against Johns Hopkins, one of which came when senior Sergio Masvidal intercepted a pass for the third straight week. Muhlenberg is second in the CC in both scoring offense and scoring defense.


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Last updated October 19, 2001