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Liotine & Seawolves on a Title Hunt in 2018

August 10, 2018

Don Liotine ’13, running back for the Stony Brook University football team, had a career year a season ago in helping to lead the Seawolves into the second round of the FCS Playoffs. Liotine led the team with 11 total touchdowns (10 rushing/ 1 receiving), including a pair of scores in a 59-29 playoff blitz over Lehigh. Today the team hit the brand new LaValle Stadium turf for media day and Kenny DeJohn of Newsday was on hand for the event:

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Running back Donald Liotine doesn’t like selfies. Luckily for him, there’s nobody on the Stony Brook offense who simply worries about himself.

The Seawolves, fresh off a 10-3 season that culminated with a loss to top-seeded James Madison in the second round of the Division I Football Championship playoffs, took to the LaValle Stadium turf Friday in their red uniforms for team photos and media day.

Liotine, a senior, recorded 1,486 all-purpose yards last season for a team that averaged 29.2 points per game. He figures to share time in the backfield with senior Jordan Gowins, who scored six touchdowns last fall.

“When you have more guys at one position that you have to account for as a defense, it makes it that much more difficult to defend them,” Gowins said. “It would be hard to just sit talent on the bench while you have one player playing. That just doesn’t make sense.”

Depth is a key for Stony Brook, especially in the backfield. Making up for the loss of Stacey Bedell, who graduated, won’t be easy, but Liotine, Gowins and Buffalo transfer Kameron Pickett could be explosive as a group.

Coach Chuck Priore acknowledged the team’s “positive depth,” but he said that “reps will be appropriated based on performance [on] the practice field.”

“We do a good job of attacking in multiple ways and kind of mixing up what you think we’re coming with,” Liotine said.

Liotine attributed some of the offense’s success to practicing against Stony Brook’s defense, a unit featuring strong linebackers in Noah McGinty and Shayne Lawless, as well as defensive back Gavin Heslop. They held opponents to 20.6 points per game last season.

“It’s almost frustrating in practice, but it makes Saturdays easier for us,” he said.

A “mentally tough” team, according to Priore, the Seawolves have their eyes set on taking the season game by game. But Liotine described the end goal best.

“I think we drive off ourselves,” he said. “We want to be great. We want to win championships. Who doesn’t?”

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SBU

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