By Matt Noonan
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Worcester State junior quarterback Kevin Bumpus earned this week’s Division II/III Golden Helmet award for his impressive performance last weekend in the Lancers season-opening victory over Anna Maria.
Bumpus completed 20-of-35 passes for a school-record 427 yards with four touchdowns.
After his team’s first game concluded, Bumpus was recognized as the MASCAC (Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference) Offensive Player of the Week.
As noted in the school’s release, Bumpus becomes the first player to earn this award since Izzy Ayala in 2004.
After the New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with the Bridgewater native.
On being named this week’s recipient: “I have known about the award and for Coach to put me in the position to win an award like this is a great honor and for (the New England Football Writers’) to elect me for an award like this is just very humbling and leaves me speechless. I’ve got great teammates and good wide receivers, which makes my job a lot easier, though. They take a lot of pressure off me, which is awesome.”
On what worked against Anna Maria: “We saw some things we could take advantage of and we absolutely did from an offensive standpoint and our defense put us in good positions. I feel like we won the field position battle in the game, so we had a couple short drives here and there, which made my job a lot easier. We saw some stuff on film that we thought we could take advantage of and we absolutely did.”
On facing WPI on Friday: “It’s definitely a unique rivalry. They’re right down the street and it’s like a battle for Worcester almost. I actually got to see them play against Curry the other night and they’re a great football team. The atmosphere around the game is very exciting and I hope it’s the same type (for this week’s game), especially being on a Friday night.”
On scouting WPI’s defense: “They’re very fast and they’re a very disciplined football team. They rarely make mistakes, so we’ve been working in practice all week on things we can try to take advantage of and hopefully they workout in our favor.”
On working with former QB Corey Spencer: “I’ve been able to bounce ideas off Corey from stuff he saw last year, so he’s great to bounce ideas off of him and ask questions like what did you do when they went this coverage or what did you do when the defense rolled to Cover 3? He really is just a great guy to bounce idea off and give me advice and how’s my footwork and what should I be doing on this play. He’s really great to have around.
“I met him my first year at Worcester State and he’s just a great kid, very personable kid and I have a great relationship with Corey, and (it will help) me week-to-week.”