Senior linebacker Revis becomes leader for St. Vincent defense
Being a senior on a team and having to start over with a new coach in your final season of competition is never easy.
But for St. Vincent senior linebacker Nick Revis, a coaching change led to a chance to help the program go in a new direction.
The hiring of Rob Dolciato in January gave the Bearcats a spark and the team has clawed its way to a 3-6 mark after going winless the previous two seasons.
“The program has a lot of potential, especially with this staff,” Revis said. “We have changed a bunch of stuff around. As seniors, we knew how big our leadership would be.
“It is a new era and it is great.”
One of the biggest changes under the new coaching staff has been a defensive switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 formation. The Bearcats have embraced the change and dropped its point against average from 37.7 points allowed per game last season to 30.6 this year.
The switch has helped lead to a productive year for Revis, who has 64 tackles – tied with sophomore linebacker Matt McCarthy for most on the team – with 6.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks as an outside linebacker.
“The change in defense is good because it plays towards our strengths,” Revis said. “It is more of an aggressive defense. We attack the ball as a team.”
Success at the linebacking spot didn’t come easy for Revis. In high school, he was a defensive back when he played for Norwin. But he made the switch when he joined the Bearcats and has been improving ever since. Revis now has 193 career tackles with 16 tackles for a loss.
“I played corner all my life until three years ago,” Revis said. “It was a big change. I have had to learn to play linebacker.”
But the move has been successful. In Saturday’s 34-30 loss to Geneva College, Revis finished with seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
With only one game remaining in the season and to his career, Revis is ready to go out strong.
A win to end the season will give St. Vincent its most wins in three years.
“We have embraced the new coaches,” Revis said. “They have been teaching us a lot and we are headed in the right direction.”
St. Vincent wraps the season up with a home game against Bethany College on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.