David looking to anchor Bloom D
When Tony David was being looked at by the Bloomsburg University football team nearly two years ago, the Huskies recruited him as a linebacker coming out of Salisbury High School.
During his years as a Falcon, David saw playing time as a linebacker and defensive end, while playing the tight end position on the offensive side of the ball.
After seeing time at both linebacker and tight end for the Huskies last year, David is now eager to get back to his ways on the defensive line after being moved back to defensive end during the 2011 season.
"They gave me the choice last year of going from tight end to D end," said David. "And I said, 'Yea, I'll definitely go back to defense.' And it ended up working out real well. I fit right in [and] I was making plays. This year I'm going for a starting spot so it should be good."
In 10 games played for the Huskies last season, David recorded eight solo tackles and two sacks on the defensive front.
"I have really high expectations for myself this year," said David. "Our defense is going to be one of our solid points."
David missed the team's spring practices this season after having shoulder surgery on his labrum back in December. But he's feeling good, and he's ready to get back on the football field for the Huskies in 2012 and help along a defensive line that will play roughly 10 players.
"Tony moved to D end and really had a good year last year for us; quite a few snaps [and] special teams," said Bloomsburg head coach Danny Hale. "[He] missed spring due to an injury, is back and looks great. It looks like he's improved his overall strength and maturity.
"He will definitely be an anchor and a guy we're counting on based on his performance last year. And [he] will be in the mix of things as well, not only on the defensive front, but he has the body type for several of the special teams that he'll be on."
The team first reported last Wednesday and began practicing last week in preparation for the season-opener against Stonehill College on August 31.
"I'm pleased with how the guys appeared to look as they come in," said Hale. "We need all these practices in preseason, but I'm optimistic."
In the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Preseason Poll, coach Hale and the Huskies are picked second just behind Kutztown University.
"I think a lot of this preseason is based on what we've done in the past," said Hale. "We've historically been a pretty good team and been able to produce. I'm returning quite a few players from a good team from last year. So certainly the expectations are there."
The Huskies finished last season at 9-2 overall and a 5-2 mark in the PSAC. After just missing out on a playoff berth, the Huskies are itching at getting back into postseason play.
"We're just trying to get back," said David. "We went 9-2 [and] we had a good season, but we didn't make the playoffs. So that's our thing. We're just trying to get back in the playoffs."
"We're going to take it one game at a time," said David. "But ultimately we feel disrespected that we didn't get into the playoffs last year. That's what we're looking for this year."
Now entering his second season as a Husky, the level of football in college is something completely different from when he played at Salisbury.
"It's definitely harder," said David. "It was harder than I expected coming in. The game is beyond fast. The game in college is by far faster than the game in high school."
As one of the team's anchors on the defensive side of the ball, David led the Falcons in tackles in his final three seasons at Salisbury. He also earned honors as First Team All-Colonial League linebacker and Third Team All-State tight end as a Falcon.
"He's an athlete and a guy that's passionate about playing," said Hale. "He just wants to get on the field and help the team in any way he can."