Recruiting Needs: NE-10 West

The NE-10 West is home to favorite Pace University and upstart St. Anselm. Assumption usually plays pretty well and is no pushover and always could make a push. Jguida and BroncoRon look to bring their teams back to winning records for another season and also hope to be in playoff contention. The two schools have quite the rivalry with St. A’s upsetting Pace’s undefeated record at one time twice in a row. They have made the playoffs a few times recently but like Bryant have not done any damage. The conference is changing but the Pace Setters are the favorites heading into the year.

Pace: Quarterback: Edward Carpenter was excellent but was a senior and his starting career was short lived. Jguida was not impressed with his freshman QB’s of last year but they are sophomores now and might finally be ready. If not Pace should be able to recruit some talent, maybe we will see a talented Frosh out there.

Wide Receiver: This group is obviously talented but there are no sophomores or redshirt freshmen, leaving a need for a future receiving corps.

Defensive/Offensive line: Mostly just for depth.

St. A’s: Wide Receiver/QB: This team is an amazing running team but they need to develop a passing game and their top receiver only caught 18 balls last year. Quarterback Robert Martin is a junior and has thrown only 68 passes over the past 2 years.

Assumption: Offensive Line: Only have 5 underachievers right now. Not 1 of them started all 13 games last year.

Linebacker: Have some talent in James Fleming and Thomas Johnson but they only have 3 total linebackers and all are upperclassmen.

Concord: Defensive Line: Lacks stud players. John Sparks the only one capable of pressuring the QB with 9 sacks. Need to bring in some guys here.

Linebacker: Talent here, but 6 upperclassmen that eventually need replacements groomed.

Fairmont State: Wide Receiver/ Tight End: Only 3 combined touchdowns from the 6 players on the roster.

Defensive Back: Very very inexperience, and thin. Could be eaten alive by good passing teams.

Stonehill: Quarterback: Two seniors currently are the top 2.

Runningback: Have 3 juniors competing for the job after losing an all conference player.

D-Line: Lacking big time playmakers.


Talking With a Player: Jose Gardner, Sophomore CB at Bryant U

Interviewer: Hello Jose. Congrats on making the playoffs and winning the Ne-10 last year. How do you think that momentum rolls into this season?

Jose Gardner: Well it stings because we came off a close loss in the playoffs. It was awesome beating Pace for the first time but hurt seeing them make a run. We felt we would of saw them again in the playoffs but hey it just wasn’t meant to be. We had a good year last year but the past is the past and we just want to be better.

I: Whats it like roaming the defensive backfield at Bryant Stadium?

J: Well alot of really good defensive backs have came out of here. Jose Church was a beast last year and I was referred to as Jos B hahaha! He had a mini camp tryout with the Patriots though he’s the real deal I learned alot from him and Josh and David we are gunna miss them. We have the talent this year though believe me, we have hands like glue and hit like trucks. Overall though this is a pretty historical team and a tough tough conference, its awesome playing here.

I: How is coach Shane(Padrefan12)’s outlook for this season and how has camp been?

J: Camp is the same we come in work 110 percent and we lift and study and relax. All football right now until school starts and we work on our studies. He’s hard on us but gives us alot of responsibility and respect. There’s alot of trust between the whole team, that’s what helps make us good. Not only are we big, bad, and fast- but we’re smart and united as well. Coach looks at the season one game at a time but you know he wants back in the conference championship game and back in the playoffs and we all do. Its hard to not think about it but I know we’re coming for it!

I: Last one Jose, what teams/players are you looking out for this year?

J: Every single team can win any Saturday, I’ll have my head on a swivel and be ready to play. John Caldwell is a crazy matchup problem as tight end at Pace. We don’t play St.A’s this year but their backfield is tough as nails.

I: And who should other teams look out for on your team?

J: Our defensive line I think its the best in the country at D2. They get to the quarterback and really help us out. And obviously watch out for William (Wood) dude is crazy competitive, makes us so much better on defense.

I: Thanks for your time Jose.


Recruiting Needs: Ne-10 East

The Ne-10 East is no longer a walk in the park to the conference championship for Pace. With 4 user teams that all have experience and are slowly recruiting awesome teams there is a bit of a stir in the conference overall. Bryant University beat Pace for the first time ever under coach Padrefan12 and new manager for LIU: Scrodz was a legend at division 3 and has experience before in the Ne-10 once leading AIC to the playoffs.  Merrimack and Bentley are pulling in excellent players and improving as they prepare to make a run. AIC had a rough 2-10 year but they always play a monster schedule.

Recruiting Needs: 

Bryant University: Running back- There is no proven guy here and 3 year starter Gary Curtis an all conference honorable mention is gone. The team loves to throw to its running backs and mix things up and returns fullback Robert Dixon. Jerome Harmon is a redshirt Junior who has been given multiple opportunities but still only holds a career 3.3 YPC average.

Tight End: Lost big time starter Jeff Smith who could block and catch when necessary. Team has 2 unproven senior tight ends who have barely played. A freshman could possibly take their job.

Offensive Line: Pretty much every team could use help here. Bryant loses 2 starters on the o-line.

Defensive Back: Lost 3 starters here that all made some sort of all conference team. They bring back shutdown corner Peter Christie and some proven backups but only have 4 guys at the position. They need depth badly.

Kicker: All American H.M Melvin King and his big leg have moved on to the CFL. Big need here.

AIC: Defensive Line: The team’s only all conference player was senior Joe Brooks who was 2nd in the conference in sacks. They bring back 2 starters but lack experience at the other spots and depth as well.

Runningback: Mark Bolton ran for over 1,500 yards last year and is a stud but the team currently only has 3 runningbacks on the roster and this guy is a senior.

Bentley: Defensive Backs: The team lost one of the best in John Johnson who made plays all over the field, and Donald Porter who was solid at cornerback. James Leonard, Luis Jones, and Raymond Nelson come back with 4 years of starting experience between them but literally the only other player is a redshirt freshman. These guys should be excellent this year but they do need to build for the future.

Wide Receiver: They lost an honorable mention receiver and don’t have much depth right now. Paul Kennedy is talented but can he handle being a number 1 target?

Long Island U: Quarterback: Only 2 and they both have no experience. May take a year or two to get off the ground but the potential is there.

Runningback: Lost former player of the year Gregory Stafford. Jacob Guerrero is solid but he needs a solid backup who can eventually take over and have more upside.

Linebacker: They have guys but only one starter returns in Tommy Adams. Freshmen are candidates to start at LB.

Merrimack: Offensive Line: This group is battle-tested but not necessarily ridiculously talented. They have youth here but they need some guys who can push them for their jobs to make them better, or to take over.

Defensive Line: This group has underachieved a bit but Luis Rowland is among the more talented junior d-lineman. Losing Tim Byers a 2nd team all conference player hurts. Again they have guys but are they ready?

So. Conn: Quarterback: A freshman could start here with reports out of camp. The QB’s look rough.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: John Mays is an animal at WR. But they need other options to throw to with potentially an inexperienced guy under the helm.






NE-10 Offensive 2nd Team and H.M

QB- Sr. Edward Carpenter, Pace (Playoffs in 1st year starting, 5,092 yards in 16 games, 46 TD’s, 55% completion)

RB- Sr. Gregory Stafford, LIU (Last year’s player of year, 1,703 rushing yards and 9 TD’s, 2 receiving TD’s)

RB- Jr. Jose Thompson, Assumption (14 total TD’s, Over 2,000 total yards)

FB-  JR. Henry Savage, St. A’s (Powerful run blocker, 3 total TD’s, 256 total yards)

WR- Jr. Timothy Hernandez, Bryant (All American H.M, 134 receptions, 10 TD’s, 1,510 yards in 15 games)

WR-  So. John Mays, So. Conn (90 receptions, Over 800 yards, 7 TD’s)

TE- So. Mike Betts, Merrimack (34 receptions and 3 TD’s even with 2 quarterbacks)

OL- Sr. Michael Goode, Pace (4 year starter)

OL- Sr. James Morgan, Bryant (3 year starter)

OL- Sr. Timothy Redmond, Stonehill (3 year starter)

OL- Jr. Vincent McCarthy, So.Conn (2 year starter, One of top in upcoming senior class)

OL- Sr. George Kelly, Concord (3 year starter)


QB- Sr. Louis Boyle , Bentley (2,803 yards, 13 games, 14 TD’s no picks)

RB- Jr. Claude Smith, St. A’s (1,678 yards, 10 rushing TD’s)

RB- Sr. Larry Booth, Stonehill (Over 2,200 total yards, 66 receptions, 9 total TD’s)

WR- Jr. Harvey Ryan, Assumption (80 receptions, 3 touchdowns)

WR- So. Ryan Foster, Bryant (44 receptions, 10 TD’s, Conference best 15.3 YPC)

WR- Sr. Karl Bowling, Bentley (77 catches, 2 TD’s)

TE- Sr. Aruthur Thompson, St. A’s (27 catches, TD)

OL- Jr, Larry White, Pace

OL- So. Larry Gee, Bryant

OL- Jr, Paul Anderson, Fairmont State


NE-10 Offensive First Team

1st Team

QB- Jr. William Wood, Bryant (4,823 passing yards, 41 TD’s, 2 int’s, 59.2% completion, 15 games, All-American 2nd Team)

RB- Sr. James Baird, Pace (1,905 rushing yards, 20 rushing TD’s, 782 receiving yards on 89 receptions, 7 receiving touchdowns)

RB- Sr. Jeffrey Harris, Fairmont State (13 games- 1,837 yards, 10 rushing TD’s, 10 runs over 20 yards, 57 receptions)

FB- Sr. Richard Johnson, Pace (17 games, 196 rushing yards, 3 rushing TD’s, 11 receptions)

WR- Sr. Craig Garrett, Bryant (15 games, 126 receptions, 15 TD receptions, 1,455 yards, All-American 3rd Team)

WR- Sr. Paul Nicholson, Pace (17 games, 72 receptions, 15 touchdowns)

TE- Jr. John Caldwell, Pace (17 games, 152 receptions, 1,841 yards, 13 TD’s, All American 1st Team)

OL- Jr. Charles Crockett, Pace (3 year starter, Playoffs every year, Preseason All American 2nd Team)

OL- Sr. Charles Leon, St. A’s (Power run team, 3 year starter, 337 pounds)

OL- Sr. Brad Davis, Bentley (3 year starter)

OL- Sr. Todd Willard, Pace (4 year starter)

OL- Sr. Eugene Doland, Assumption (3 year starter, Center, Small but tough)


NE-10 Defensive 2nd Team and H.M

2nd Team

DL- So. Edgar Stewart, Bryant (12 sacks, 1 FF, 55 tackles)

DL- Jr. Calvin Rutledge, Fairmont State (10 sacks, 1 FF, 51 tackles)

DL-  Sr. Timothy Byers, Merrimack (7 sacks, 16 TFL’s, 67 tackles)

DL-So.  Matthew Wood, So.Conn (7 sacks, 4 FF’s, 60 tackles)

LB- Sr. Clarence Rivers, Pace (85 tackles, 3 sacks, 6 TFL’s, 4 FF’s)

LB- Sr. Jimmy Davis, Bryant (77 tackles, 5 int’s, 1 sack, 2 FF’s)

LB- Sr. Michael Randolph, Concord (98 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FF’s, 11 PD’s)

DB- Sr. Steven Gross, St. A’s (76 tackles, 4 int’s, 1 FF, 1 TFL)

DB- Sr. David Reid, Bryant (66 tackles, 4 int’s, 4 FF’s, 9 PD’s)

DB- Sr. Dean Kemp, Pace (69 tackles, 3 int’s, 8 PD’s)

DB- Sr. Andrew Kelly, Fairmont State (5 int’s, 81 tackles)

Honorable Mention-

DL- Jr. Gregory Hudson, Pace (6 sacks, 2 FF’s, 13 TFL’s, playoff contender)

DL- Sr. Manuel Connoer, LIU (10 sacks)

LB-  So. Thomas Johnson, Assumption (79 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 FF’s, 14 TFL’s)

LB- So. John Gibson, Stonehill (90 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 int)

DB-  Sr. Joshua McClellan, Bryant (84 tackles, 3 int’s, 2 FF’s)

DB-  Sr. Frederick Turner, Concord (67 tackles, 2 int’s, 2 FF’s)

DB- Sr. Donald Porter, Bentley (56 tackles, 2 int’s, 14 PD’s)


All Defensive NE-10 1st Team

1st Team

DL- Sr. John Martin, Pace (93 tackles, 13 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, playoff contender, 21 TFL’s)

DL- Sr. Jeffrey Hernandez, Bryant (74 tackles, 18 sacks, 21 TFL’s)

DL- Sr. Jon Duke, So.Conn (96 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 int, 4 PD’s, 5 forced fumbles)

DL- Sr. Joe Brooks, AIC (14 sacks, 1 FF)

LB- Jr. Terry Mathis, Pace (Lead conference with 116 tackles, 1 sack, 1 int, 14 PD’s, 5 forced fumbles)

LB- Jr. Robert Beal, Bryant (79 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 int, 8 PD’s, 2 FF’s, 6 TFL’s)

LB- Sr. Albert Ross, Bentley (88 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles)

DB- Jr. John Rossi, Pace (115 tackles, 3 int’s, 19 PD’s, 2 forced fumbles)

DB- Sr. John Johnson, Bentley (78 tackles, 6 int’s, 4 FF’s)

DB- Sr. Jose Church, Bryant (84 tackles, 4 int’s, 17 PD’s, 1 FF)

DB- Sr. Michael Reese, Fairmont State (Led conference with 7 interceptions)

2nd Team soon to come!(: