Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
PM's Sahd commits to Richmond
BY JEFF YOUNG, Assistant Sports Editor
One way to meet competition is with versatility, which just happens to be a key card in Adam Sahd's hand.
That's why Sahd, Penn Manor's senior quarterback, has decided to continue his education and football career as a preferred walk-on at the University of Richmond.
"I just felt like I had the best opportunity at Richmond,'' said Sahd, a three-year starter who last fall led the Comets (10-2) to a school record for victories in a season.
"I really liked the coaches a lot,'' he added. "They were really straightforward, and they seemed to have a lot of interest in me as well.''
Sahd (5-feet-11, 175) earned that interest as a PM senior, completing 69 percent of his passes (118 of 171) for 1,838 yards, 19 touchdowns and just five interceptions. That performance made him the L-L coaches' First-Team All-Section One choice.
Richmond coach Danny Rocco, however, also likes Sahd's mobility -- he ran for 662 yards and 9 TDs as a junior -- as well as his punting. Sahd was the Comets' punter for three years, winning All-Section honors in that role as a junior.
Given those skills, Sahd has a chance to see action as a true freshman even though the Colonial Athletic Association co-champion Spiders (8-3) return several older, more seasoned QBs.
"They're bringing me in as a quarterback but they see me early on playing something else,'' Sahd said. "I'll be playing wherever they need me on the field.''
There will be plenty of competition. Richmond's returning veterans include redshirt junior Michael Strauss, who played in 10 games for the Spiders in 2012, redshirt junior Montel White and redshirt freshman David Broadus. In addition, there is redshirt senior Michael Rocco, a transfer from Virginia and nephew of the head coach.
Incoming freshmen along with Sahd include Kyle Lauletta of Downingtown East and Porter Abell (QB/WR) of Lexington, Va.
Sahd said he also looked hard at Villanova, Delaware and Division III Mount Union (Ohio). But he liked the similarity of Richmond's shotgun-based spread offense to the scheme employed by PM coach Todd Mealy.
Sahd also is excited about Richmond's leadership program, which he expects to be a key part of his plan to major in business.