By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
We’re another day closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football, which means it’s time for our second preseason ‘Player Perspective’ post featuring Alec Coleman of Western New England.
The Arlington, Massachusetts native enjoyed a very successful junior season last fall, tallying 40 touchdowns in 11 games, including 21 on the ground.
Coleman rushed for 867 yards on 113 carries for an average of 78.8 yards per contest while completing 167 of 286 passes for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns.
The veteran signal-caller is optimistic about his final season with the Golden Bears, who commence their 2019 campaign with a visit from Springfield College on Saturday, September 7th at 1 p.m. Coleman loves the local rivalry between both schools and considers each meeting a “battle for every inch on the field.”
What did you do this summer to prepare yourself for a successful final season with the Golden Bears?
I trained seven days a week – I followed our summer workout program, which focused on two things: weight-lifting and conditioning. Additionally, I trained multiple times a week with my quarterback coach, too, while watching game film and studying the playbook.
Lastly, I tried to do my best to stay in contact with my coaches and teammates to make sure we kept a bond that will continue into the (upcoming) season.
You enjoyed your best season with WNE last fall, so how did your first two seasons prepare you for a successful junior year?
Our head coach, Jason Lebeau, was our team’s offensive coordinator my first two seasons – he focused not just on our offense, but quarterbacks, too, so this allowed me to (build a relationship) with him.
Additionally, I was lucky enough to sit behind (and learn from) Anthony Service, who was our team’s quarterback my first two seasons. Anthony was an unbelievable resource for me. I learned a lot from simply watching him play, but also asking him questions about plays or reads, too.
I also want to credit the other two quarterbacks in my class (Brendan Smith and Jack Priester), who have competed with me every day. The competition between the three of us has made us better. We all have a love for each other and want the best for one another.
What do you feel was your most productive (and successful) game last season?
The Nichols College game (last October). I received the New England Football Writers (NEFW) Golden Helmet Award for Division II/III (following our team’s 49-14 win). I finished the game with five touchdowns (four rushing scores) and 306 total yards of offense.
How will the Frostburg State contest from last November in the NCAA Division III Tournament help both you and the team this upcoming season?
Frostburg State is an unbelievable football program. Playing against a team of that caliber certainly made us better. We gave them a good game that provided us with the confidence that we can play against any team.
However, (the loss) left a sour taste in our mouths, which will (certainly) motivate this team to be bigger and better than one year ago.
Finally, being a senior, how do you want to end your time with the Golden Bears? I presume winning a championship, right?
Of course, I would like to end my time (in Springfield) with a championship, but I have learned over time it is better to leave a place in a better situation than when you found it (or arrived at it. So, my biggest goal) is to make sure I help my teammates, who will be the future of this program, by coaching them and making sure they are ready to continue the tradition of this program, both next season and beyond.
The Western New England football program has given more to me than I could have asked for, so I want to make sure I do everything I can to give back to this program.
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