Mass. College Football: Local Colleges Represented In NFC Training Camps


As noted in an earlier post, the NFL 2013 season is slowly underway, (training camp, wahoo!) and similar to our list of AFC players, here are the former Boston College Eagles, Harvard Crimson and Massachusetts Minutemen that’ll be competing in various NFC training camps.  

NFC East

Alex Albright (LB/Boston College) Dallas Cowboys

Mackenzy Bernadeau (G/Bentley University) Dallas Cowboys

Ron Brace (DT/Boston College) Washington Redskins

Michael Cox (RB/Massachusetts) New York Giants

Victor Cruz (WR/Massachusetts) New York Giants

Mark Herzlich (LB/Boston College) New York Giants

Jeremy Horne (WR/Massachusetts) New York Giants

Emil Igwenagu (FB/Massachusetts) Philadelphia Eagles

Mathias Kiwanuka (LB/Boston College) New York Giants

Ifeanyi Momah (WR/Boston College) Philadelphia Eagles

Chris Snee (G/Boston College) New York Giants

Matt Tennant (C/Boston College) Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Trueblood (T/Boston College) Washington Redskins


NFC North

Robert Francois (LB/Boston College) Green Bay Packers

Kevin Murphy (T/Harvard) Minnesota Vikings

B.J. Raji (DT/Boston College) Green Bay Packers


NFC South

Nick Clancy (LB/Boston College) Atlanta Falcons

Luke Kuechly (LB/Boston College) Carolina Panthers

Matt Ryan (QB/Boston College) Atlanta Falcons


NFC West

Will Blackmon (CB/Boston College) Seattle Seahawks

Jo-Lonn Dunbar (LB/Boston College) St. Louis Rams

Mass. College Football: Local Colleges Represented In AFC Training Camps


With the 2013 NFL season slowly underway, (training camp!) we’ve decided to provide a list of the various players with local ties that’ll be competing for positions.

In this particular blog post, we profile the AFC, which features a variety of former Boston College Eagles, Harvard Crimson and Massachusetts Minutemen.

AFC East

Vladimir Ducasse (OL/ Massachusetts) New York Jets

Donnie Fletcher (CB/ Boston College) New York Jets

Antonio Garay (DL/Boston College) New York Jets

John Griffin (RB/Massachusetts) New York Jets

Chris Pantale (TE/ Boston College) New York Jets

Ryan Quigley (P/ Boston College) New York Jets

Josh Samuda (Offensive Lineman/Massachusetts) Miami Dolphins

Jason Vega (Defensive Lineman/Northeastern University) New England Patriots


AFC North

Desmond Bryant (DT/Harvard) Cleveland Browns

James Ihedigbo (SS/Massachusetts) Baltimore Ravens

Kyle Juszczyk (FB/Harvard) Baltimore Ravens

Jeromy Miles (S/Massachusetts) Cincinnati Bengals


AFC South

Jeremy Cain (LS/Massachusetts) Jacksonville Jaguars

Anthony Castonzo (T/Boston College) Indianapolis Colts

Gosder Cherilus (T/Boston College) Indianapolis Colts

Emmett Cleary (T/Boston College) Indianapolis Colts

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB/Harvard) Tennessee Titans

Matt Hasselbeck (QB/Boston College) Indianapolis Colts

Stephane Milhim (G/Massachusetts) Jacksonville Jaguars


AFC West

Dan Koppen (C/Boston College) Denver Broncos

Damik Scafe (DE/Boston College) San Diego Chargers

John Wetzel (T/Boston College) Oakland Raiders 

Mass. College Hockey: NU’s Rawlings Signs AHL Deal With Portland


Courtesy of the Northeastern University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about their former goaltender, Chris Rawlings, who recently signed an AHL (American Hockey League) deal with the Portland Pirates:

PORTLAND, Maine – Northeastern’s all-time leader in career shutouts (11) Chris Rawlings (2010-13) signed an AHL deal with the Portland Pirates for the 2013-14 season on Friday, July 19, as announced by Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager and Portland Pirates general manager Brad Treliving.

Portland is Phoenix Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate.

After graduating from Northeastern last spring, Rawlings earned a taste of the professional ranks in both Portland and Idaho (ECHL). The North Delta, British Columbia, native made his professional debut with Idaho and appeared in two games for the Steelheads, totaling a 0.60 goals against average and a sterling .975 save percentage, including a shutout in his first professional start.

After proving worthy in the ECHL circuit, the 6’5 backstopper played in one game with Portland after inking an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Pirates on April 20, 2013. In that outing, Rawlings turned aside 19-of-20 shots in 40 minutes of action in the club’s regular season finale against Bridgeport.

Rawlings was a staple between the pipes on Huntington Avenue for the last four seasons and rewrote the record books throughout his tenure.

Not only does the Canadian product own the school record in career shutouts, Rawlings rests amongst the top three in numerous career goaltending categories.

Rawlings was the second-most tested goalie in school history behind Bruce Racine (1984-88) with 123 total games played. His 3,522 total saves and .914 save percentage are also second best in school history while his 2.83 goals against and 47 victories were third best in the Huskies’ annals.

From Nov. 18 to Dec. 10, 2011, Rawlings posted a career-high six game-winning streak and registered a four-year best 47 saves against Providence on Feb. 18, 2012. Rawlings even managed to pick up four assists to help his own cause.

The 2013-14 season gets under way in just a little over two months when the Huskies welcomes Dalhousie University for an exhibition bout on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Northeastern’s first series of the regular season takes place against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, at Matthews Arena.

Mass. College Football: Links From Around The Web

By Matt Noonan 

As noted in an earlier post this morning, we’re slowly rounding the summer bend and beginning our training camp countdown. So, without further ado, below are some links to the latest news surrounding the local collegiate football teams.

* Williams College’s Aaron Kelton, who will be entering his fourth season with the Ephs, will be beginning a short coaching stint with the Miami Dolphins tomorrow as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Fellowship Program.

* Stonehill College announced yesterday that 39 freshmen will be invited to the Skyhawks preseason camp, which begins on Thursday, August 15.

* According to BC InterruptionSean White, a Boston College recruit, has committed to Auburn University.

* Ten members of the Holy Cross football team were named Preseason All-Patriot League by Phil Steele’s 2013 College Football Preview. Gary Acquah, a defensive lineman, secured a spot on the league’s First Team Defense.

* According to, UMass’ football team picked up an impressive recruit in Frank Carter.

Mass. College Football: Harvard Football Singe Game Tix On Sale

By Matt Noonan

The college football season is right around the corner, and as noted in this morning’s Harvard University Athletics email, single game tickets for the upcoming football season are on sale now.

For more information on single game tickets — HOP HERE

The Crimson will kickoff their 2013 slate on the road against San Diego on Saturday, September 21, but will return home the following Saturday, September 28, to face Brown University at 7:30 p.m.

Harvard will also host Lafayette (10/19), Princeton (10/26), Dartmouth (11/2) and Penn (11/26) at historic Harvard Stadium this season.

Below is a video from the Crimsons’ YouTube Channel, which highlights great moments from their past season, as well as information on their single game tickets, too.