KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Aug. 29, 2019) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy football team voted for its team captains late last week and the squad selected seniors Joe Vitelli (Warrington, Pa.), Krystian Abbott (Lansing, Kan.) and Reno Dubreuil (Moorpark, Calif.) to lead the Mariners during the 2019 campaign.
Vitelli was a First Team All-NEWMAC selection as both a wide receiver (2017) and return specialist (2018) as well as an All-Liberty League honorable mention return specialist in 2016. In 20 career games, he has compiled 1,185 receiving yards on 71 catches with five touchdowns, 323 return yards on 42 punt returns and 1,593 return yards on 75 kick returns. In addition to his athletic accolades, Vitelli has landed on the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team each of the past two seasons and was additionally selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2018.
Abbott enters his second season as the Mariners' starting quarterback this year. He threw for 927 passing yards with six touchdowns in 2018, and has also amassed 773 career rushing yards and eight TDs on the ground. Abbott was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Mariners' 38-22 New England Bowl victory over Endicott, helping lead the team to a win in a bowl game for the second-consecutive season.
Dubreuil, a 2018 All-NEWMAC Second Team linebacker, has recorded back-to-back 60-tackle seasons, as he has led the team in tackles each of the past two years. He has a career total of 150 tackles in 27 games and a total of 18 tackles for losses of a combined 77 yards, including 9.5 sacks that have dropped opponents back 61 total yards. Dubreuil has also broken up three passes, forced two fumbles and recovered one.
The Mariners open the 2019 campaign in just over a week, next Saturday, Sept. 7, when they play host to the Devils of Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham. Kickoff is slated for 12-noon on Tomb Field at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video stream of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Football Schedule Page.
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