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July 20, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Griffin off and running

The NFL career of Londonderry’s Ryan Griffin seems to be off to a huge start with the Houston Texans.

“He has a chance to be a really good player and I think he can get bigger, too, so we’re excited,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told CSN Houston last month. “He fits the mold with what we do at tight end with the guys we have, and he’s very smart.”

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end was selected by Houston in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft after a career at UConn where he caught 116 passes for exactly 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Griffin graduated from Londonderry in 2008 after three years at New Hampton. He was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a senior, making 68 tackles, four interceptions and rushing for 757 yards.

N.H. in NFL

If Londonderry’s Griffin does make the Texans — or any other team — this season, he would be only the second player from New Hampshire currently on an NFL roster. The only other is Nashua’s Kendall Reyes, Griffin’s former UConn teammate who was a second-round pick of San Diego last season. Griffin told CSN Houston that he and Reyes are close friends who used to drive to school together every year.

Best of the best

Tate Jozokos, the son of Methuen great Matt Jozokos, continues to prove his place as one of the country’s premier lacrosse players.

He scored a goal and added a ground ball for the North team at the Under Armour Senior All-American Game last week.

Jozokos, also a star football player at Governor’s Academy, will continue his lacrosse career at North Carolina, where he committed as a sophomore.

Also representing NH

A pair of locals will be leading the New Hampshire team in the 39th annual Lions Twin State Soccer Cup match against Vermont scheduled for today in Rindge, N.H.

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