The 2013 season is just days away, and Bentley University is hoping it will end with a Northeast-10 Championship.
On Tuesday morning, Noontime Sports’ Brian Willwerth caught up with Head Coach Thom Boerman to get his thoughts on the upcoming season.
Boerman says most of his offensive skill players return from last year’s 8-2 team, whose only two losses came by a combined eight points. Once again this year, quarterback Danny Guadagnoli will be under center. Boerman says he’s looked very strong in practice. The senior captain from Framingham is coming off an outstanding year in which he completed almost 62 percent of his passes, 16 of them for touchdowns. His pass efficiency rating of 150.26 was second in the conference and 25th nationally. The Falcons’ offense averaged over 26 points per game.
Defensively, Boerman will be looking for guys to step up, now that Steve and Don Hopkins have graduated. The coach says two players to keep an eye on this season are both captains: linebacker Blaine Hopwood, who led the team in tackles in each of the last two seasons, and defensive end Matt Campo, who was named the team’s Co-Defensive Most Improved Player in 2012.
Boerman expects the NE-10 to be extremely competitive again this year, saying there’s a lot of parity in the league. The Falcons are picked to finish third in the preseason coaches’ poll, behind New Haven and American International, the two teams Bentley lost to in 2012.
The Falcons will kick off the regular season on Saturday against Mercyhurst, a team that went 9-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) last year.