We may not produce many NFL players or Heisman candidates, but our region always seems to churn out an impressive number of scholar-athletes.
You want dumb jocks, tune into an SEC game. In these parts it’s a delightful mix of brains and brawn and an old-fashioned love of the game.
Ex-area football stalwarts are playing at Dartmouth, BC, Brown, RPI, WPI and 19 in the academically challenging New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
The most decorated player may be Framingham State’s punishing offensive lineman Aaron Ferreira, a four-year starting lineman from Methuen who is a pre-season third-team All-American.
The biggest has to be Anna Maria’s Bryan Goulet, the 6-9, 320-pound giant from Whittier Tech.
The fastest would have to be Maine freshman Jerickson Fedrick from Salem. They don’t call him the “Fedrick Express” for nothing.
Let’s take a look at the 147 area football players in the Eagle-Tribune’s 27th annual college football preview special.
Just 2 area big-timers
Bobby Vardaro of North Reading is starting for the third year at left guard at Boston College. The 6-5, 305-pound junior starred at Phillips Academy.
Sophomore Brian Miller of Andover, a jumbo 6-3, 241-pound wide receiver, caught four passes for 43 yards last fall. He also was one of the team’s recipients of the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement.
Redshirt freshman Nevin Cyr, a 6-3, 230-pound tight end from Pelham and Cushing Academy, is no longer playing at UMass.
Ryan earns starting spot for No. 8 Wildcats
Senior guard Sean Ryan from Londonderry has added 16 pounds and is now 6-2, 301. He played in 11 games last year when UNH made the second round of the NCAAs. He’s slated to start at left guard for the Wildcats, the preseason No. 8 team in the country.