2012 De Smet Jesuit Football Preview

The Spartans look to form a new identity now that Durron Neal, one of the top playmakers in the country, has graduated to play at Oklahoma.

The player responsible for plenty of touchdowns, yards after the catch and prolific tweets as part of the football program has left the building.

Durron Neal is now looking to make an impact on the Big 12 as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners after leading De Smet to a 9-3 mark in 2011.

That means a different looking squad will be on the field Spartan graduate and KSDK sportscaster Frank Cusamano calls "The Palace on Ballas".

We went four and out with De Smet Head Coach Pat Mahoney:

1. Key Returnees:  , Latif Adams, Jack Barry, Joey Bruning, Lucas Nikolaisen, , Nick Wunderli, Mitch Palmer, Alex Downey, , Jake Greunsfelder, Darian Harris, Dedrick Cromartie, Ryan McEnneny, Thayer Weaver, Taylor O'Brien.

2.  How has your offense changed now that Durron Neal, and others have graduated? We cannot rely on the big play, as we could with our big play maker.

3.  What has stood out to you in fall practices so far? We are a solid team and must execute better on offense and use our speed on defense.

4. I'm most excited about this year? The challenges of a great schedule.

That schedule begins Friday in Hillsboro, where De Smet will participate in a Jamboree with Fox, Jackson and Parkway North.


2012 Schedule

Date        Time       Opponent              Location

8/24/12 7:00 PM Rock Bridge Rock Bridge
    9/1/12 1:00 PM Hazelwood Central Hazelwood Central
    9/7/12 7:00 PM Vianney De Smet Jesuit
    9/14/12 7:00 PM Chaminade Chaminade
    9/21/12 7:00 PM Jefferson City De Smet Jesuit
    9/27/12 7:00 PM St. Louis U. High St. Louis U. High

  10/5/12 7:00 PM CBC De Smet Jesuit
    10/12/12 7:00 PM Roosevelt De Smet Jesuit
    10/18/12 6:30 PM Vashon Gateway Tech.
    10/26/12   Districts TBA
Scott Simon August 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I like Frank Cusamano and he's a fellow DeSmet grad but he didn't invent the the "Palace on Ballas" branding. It originated from residents in the late 60's when the school first opened.
Gregg Palermo August 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I would be curious to know who did invent the phrase, although I didn't give Frank the credit in the story!


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