As we watch this Shore Conference football season unfold, there are plenty of former Shore stars doing their thing at the next level.

Here is a round-up of strong performances by Shore football grads from Saturday's action across the college football spectrum, from FBS to Division III. I kept it to players who made an impact during the game, so if they only had one tackle or a single catch or something like that, I did not include them here because it would be an endless list.

If I missed anyone, feel free to email me at and I will update it.

Former Red Bank star Sadiq Palmer is already making an impact at UMass as a true freshman. (Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography.)

---UMass nearly shocked an SEC team, Mississippi State, in a wild 47-35 loss, and two former Shore stars played a big role for the Minutemen. True freshman wide receiver Sadiq Palmer (Red Bank) caught his first collegiate touchdown pass, a 19-yard strike in the fourth quarter for his only catch of the game. The UMass kicker is Mike Caggiano (Manalapan), who went 5-for-5 on extra points in the loss.

---Princeton lost 42-28 to Lehigh, but it was a career day for Rumson-Fair Haven's all-time leading rusher. Sophomore running back Charlie Volker had a career-high 82 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns in the loss. He also had 4 catches for 16 yards. Also, helping to clear the way for Volker up front was freshman Reily Radosevich (Manalapan), who started at right tackle.

---Penn State sophomore linebacker Manny Bowen (Barnegat) had a career-high 7 tackles, including one for a loss, in a 49-10 loss to No. 4 Michigan in the Nittany Lions' Big Ten opener. Defensive end Garrett Sickels (Red Bank) added 2 tackles, and tight end Mike Gesicki (Southern) had 5 catches for 23 yards. Gesicki's 14 catches for the season rank second on the team.

The silver lining was that Penn State's 260-pound kicker, Joey Julius, claimed another victim.

---Wide receiver Keith Kirkwood (Neptune) had 2 catches for 45 yards as Temple rolled over Charlotte, 48-20, to make for a nice homecoming weekend.

---Defensive back Ikie Calderon (Neptune) had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery in Eastern Michigan's 27-24 win over Wyoming.

---You know there had to be some fun trash talk between old Red Bank Catholic teammates after Duke stunned Notre Dame, 38-35. Liam Smith is a freshman offensive lineman for the Blue Devils, while his old linemate, Quenton Nelson, is the starting left guard and a potential NFL first-round pick for the Fighting Irish.

---Junior Alex Thomson (Keyport) is Wagner's starting quarterback, and he went 13-for-25 for 62 yards passing and ran for 20 yards and a touchdown as the FCS Seahawks lost 42-10 to FBS Boston College. Junior defensive back Jesse Flaherty (Red Bank Catholic) had 4 tackles in the loss.

---Junior defensive back Darrius Hart (Toms River South) had 5 tackles and an interception for Maine in a 31-20 loss to James Madison in a match-up of nationally-ranked FCS teams.


---Star safety Mike Basile (Brick Memorial) had a team-high 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a 43-yard interception return as Monmouth University fell 35-7 to FCS power Charleston Southern. Defensive lineman Dimitrius Smith (Jackson Memorial) added 4 tackles in the loss.

---Anthony Firkser (Manalapan) had 4 catches for a team-high 78 yards as Harvard dispatched Brown 32-22 in the Ivy League.

---Kyle Mullen (Manalapan) had 4 tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards, in Yale's 27-13 loss to Cornell.

---Senior linebacker Brett Lambert (Holmdel) had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery in Fordham's 31-17 over the University of Pennsylvania. Lambert's old Holmdel teammate, wide receiver Robbie Cantelli, also is a member of the Rams. He had one catch for 12 yards.

---Freshman running back Chad Freshnock (Middletown North) is already making his presence felt in a major way at Bucknell. He exploded for a career-high 161 yards rushing on 33 carries in a 23-17 loss to VMI in triple overtime. Also, Bucknell's starting quarterback is Matt Muh (Shore Regional), who was 20-for-32 for two touchdowns and two interceptions as well as 226 yards in the loss. Doug Whitlock (Red Bank Catholic) also had 3 tackles in the loss.

---Defensive backs Tyrice Beverette (Lakewood) and Jaheem Woods (Neptune) had 9 and 8 tackles, respectively, in Stony Brook's 38-10 loss to Sacred Heart.

---Wide receiver Tim Vangelas (Colts Neck) had 2 catches for 29 yards and a touchdown for Lafayette in a 31-14 loss to Villanova.

---William & Mary's starting quarterback is senior Steve Cluley (Wall), who was 23-for-41 for 231 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in a 27-10 loss to Elon.

---Junior running back Khani Glover (Jackson Mem.) had 12 carries for 25 yards and freshman defensive lineman Erik Graham (Shore Regional) had a sack in The College of New Jersey's 17-0 loss to Christopher Newport University.

---Senior running back John DiStefano (Red Bank Catholic) had a big day with 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 35 carries and wideout Julanee Prince (St. John Vianney) had 3 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown to help Montclair State knock off Rowan, 21-14.


---Sophomore running back Mike Cordova (Red Bank Catholic) had 81 yards rushing and a touchdown on 27 carries in Stonehill's 45-34 win over St. Anselm College.

---Joe Odebode (Toms River South) had 4 tackles for East Stroudsburg in a 31-14 loss to Shippensburg.

---New Haven quarterback Ajee Patterson (Neptune) was 19-for-27 for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for 18 yards and a touchdown in a 48-21 win over Pace. Patterson's old Neptune teammate, Myles Martin, led Pace with 12 tackles in the loss.

---Senior defensive back Pat Moran (Barnegat) had 9 tackles and an interception for William Paterson in a 24-13 loss to Kean University.

---David Gutzmore (Neptune) had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, in Seton Hill's 59-17 loss to California (Pa.).

---Sophomore Liam Casey (St. John Vianney) had 4 tackles, including one for a loss, in FDU-Florham's 54-13 loss to Stevenson.

---Sophomore cornerback Nate Corvil (Freehold Twp.) had 6 tackles and an interception and sophomore linebacker Jack Fitzsimmons (Point Boro) had 7 tackles for Muhlenberg in a 30-24 loss to Johns Hopkins.