Rhino Bites is back with a look at two new players. One is a former veteran member of the rival Carroll County Cannons who joined the Hanover Rhinos after his old team folded this fall, and the other is a York native who looks to grab the role as the Rhinos’ key gap-plugger up front.
#1. What made you decide to join the Hanover Rhinos after your previous team, the Maryland Cannons folded?
TM: When the Maryland Cannons folded, (a few teammates and I) decided we wanted to go somewhere organized. We knew the Rhinos have been around some time, have a writer, film, coaches, and hadn’t forfeited a game due to lack of players.
#2. The Rhinos have never forfeited a game in their six-year history. How important was that factor in the decision?
TM: Very, attendance has been an issue with the Cannons since the championship year in 2012. That was largely the most important aspect in my decision.
#3. Describe that 2012 Carroll County Cannons AFA Championship team and what it was like to be a part of it.
TM: The team was just so talented. I’m pretty sure that defense could have shut down some low end D-1 college offenses. And the offense didn’t make many mistakes. Most complete team I’d ever been around.
#4. What do the 2018 Hanover Rhinos have to do to be like that team and compete for a championship?
TM: Keep working like we were before the holiday break. Having 30-35 guys at practice on a routine basis goes a long way. You can’t get better as a unit without that. It helps to know what the other 10 guys around you are going to do in different situations.
#5. What are your impressions of the Hanover Rhinos’ family after your first few practices with the team?
TM: I’m still getting to know some of the guys. It’s different coming from a team as the most-tenured player and suddenly being new. So I’ve been a bit more withdrawn than usual. It feels like a good group, though.
#1. Tell our readers about your football history.
CM: I played on the D-line and O-line. I never played in senior high school. I played in youth and middle school.
#2. Which do you like better, offense or defense?
#3. Why do you prefer defense?
CM: You get to tackle/hit people.
#4. You are a big fan of Donald Penn, offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders, and can be seen wearing his jersey at practice. Tell our readers what you like about his game.
CM: In the 10 seasons he’s been in the NFL, he has yet to miss a game, until this (Monday) night, when he got hurt during Sunday night football against the Dallas Cowboys. You can also say he is one of the best left tackles out there.
#5. How does watching Donald Penn help you on the field?
CM: Well, with me being on defense, to beat the best, you have to study your opponent very close. But you have to beat the best. He’s one of the best pass and run blockers out on that field.
#6. What’s your biggest strength as a defensive lineman?
CM: My determination not to give up.
Remember, fans, you can catch brand-new interview segments with brand-new members of the Hanover Rhinos every week leading up to the regular season, here on Rhino Charge, the official blog of the Hanover Rhinos football team.