A Page -- Jan. 1, 2010

Alamo Bowl 2010 Online Program

Kendell Davis-Clark, Brendon 

Moss, Rocco Cironi lead 

contingent of locals playing for 

Michigan State in tomorrow's 

Alamo Bowl

Jan., 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Northeastern Ohio will be well represented at Saturday night’s Valero Alamo Bowl from San Antonio’s Alamodome when more than a half dozen Cleveland area Student/Athletes suit up in the green and white of Michigan State.


Those who will be a part of the Spartans unit that will take on Texas Tech. are Akron Buchtel’s Johnny Adams, Strongsville’s Nick Bendzuck, North Royalton’s Dan France, Warren Harding’s Rocco Cironi, Shaker’s Henry Conway, Alliance’s Kendell Davis-Clark, Vermilion’s Derek Hoebing, and Bay Village’s Brendon Moss.

Johnny Adams

Johnny Adams

Nick Bendzuck

Nick Bendzuck

Davis-Clark, a 6-foot, 215-pound senior, is among the top 10 tacklers for the Spartan defense with 25 total take downs on the season including 17 solos. He’ll be starting at boundary cornerback tomorrow night.



When Michigan State has the ball, the pass protection run blocking will come from Moss and Cironi, who were the starting tackles until Moss was moved inside. Moss, a 6-7, 280-pound senior, had been starting at right tackle, was moved to right guard the third game and has been there ever since, and Cironi, a 6-6-309 senior, at left tackle. They have allowed their quarterbacks to be sacked only 13 times this year.

Rocco Cironi



Moss, who played his prep ball at Fork Union Military Academy, and Cironi have blocked for an offense that has amassed nearly 5,000 yards this season and could go over that mark Saturday.

Brendon Moss



A fifth-year senior, Moss solidified himself as a starter at the beginning of the season after seeing only limited time his first four years.


Moss has been moved around the lineup. He even saw some time at tight end in 2006. In fact, his first career start was at tight end against Minnesota.


At Fork Union, Moss was named to the All East Coast Post Graduate team. He also played defensive end in prep school.


Cironi is the most experienced man on the line, starting at left tackle all 25 games the last two seasons. Cironi received the team’s President’s Award for demonstrating perseverance. 


Davis-Clark split his time between corner and safety this year, but was a regular wherever he was gaining 10 starts. In his career, he has 162 tackles,12 pass break ups and four forced fumbles.

Kendell Davis-Clark

Davis Clark

France, Hoebing, and Conway are freshmen who have seen limited time, normal for the Big Ten.

Derek Hoebing


Dan France


Henry Conway


Conway, France, and Hoebing were all-state selections at Shaker, Heights, North Royalton and Vermilion high schools respectively.





Lake Catholic's Ricky Stanzi 

expects to be fully recovered

and call the signals for Iowa in 

the Fed Ex Orange Bowl 

Tuesday; Avon Lake's Trey 

Stross sure to catch at least 

one of his passes

Jan.. 1, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



With Lake Catholic alumnus Ricky Stanzi at quarterback, Iowa’s football team ranked in the top five nationally, but then he missed a few games with an injury and the Hawkeyes dropped out of the top five.


Still Stanzi is back and will be behind center when the Hawks play Georgia Tech Tuesday in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl. The Hawks have won their last six games when Stanzi is the quarterback.

Ricky Stanzi and the Iowa Hawkeyes will square off against Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.

Stanzi said the main obstacle will be remaining focused due to the many distractions of Miami and the bowl festivities that can throw the team off kilter. He is drawing off last year's Outback Bowl experinece to remain calm.

One of Stanzi’s main receivers against the Ramblin' Wreck will be Avon Lake’s Trey Stross, who will be playing his final game as a Hawkeye. It was Stross who caught the TD pass from Stanzi that put the Hawks ahead en route to an Outback Bowl victory last year.


Stanzi received the offensive MVP award and Stross the Hustle Team Award for his 30 pass receptions, which leave him tied for second on the team.


Stross said he was mainly concerned the technique of the Georgia Tech defensive backs. He likens them to Michigan because of their speed, which will present his greatest challenge in getting open Tuesday.

Trey Stross and the Iowa Hawkeyes will square off against Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 5 in Miami.

This will be Stross’s third bowl game. He caught one pass each in the Alamo Bowl in 2006 and the Outback Bowl in 2009.

Trey Stross


For his career at Iowa, Stanzi, a junior, ranks seventh in career passing with 4,142 yards and seventh in passing touchdowns (29). He has completed 304-533 (.570) career passes.

Ricky Stanzi


Stanzi will also be throwing to Cardinal Mooney’s Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who will be starting at the other wide receiver.

 William Lowe


Three Tarblooders are on the second and third groupings of the Iowa depth chart on the other side of the ball. On defense, the Hawks have Glenville’s Lebron Daniel at defensive end, Bruce Davis at linebacker, and Bill Lowe at cornerback.

Bruce Davis


Lebron Daniel



The Hawks also have a defensive back, Chris Rowell, from Warrensville High, a defensive lineman, Steve Bigach, from St. Ignatius,  and a defensive end in Novelty’s Joe Gaglione, who also played at Lake Catholic.

Steve Bigach


Joe Gaglione


Chris Rowell