Hunter Ferreira didn’t arrive at Nichols College planning to become the program’s all-time leader in receptions. Instead, he just wanted to do whatever he could to help his team win football games.
“Football is a team sport with wins coming first, but having personal goals is important, too,” said Ferreira, a senior wide receiver from Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Ferreira’s work ethic – and yes, mindset, too – has helped the Bison improve every year since his initial season in 2018, as well as provide challenges for various Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) foes.
In his three seasons with the Green and White, Nichols has produced 15 wins, including seven league victories with four of them coming during his sophomore year when the Bison captured six games for the first time since 2016. Additionally, Ferreira has led the Bison receiving core in all three seasons, including this fall with 48 grabs for 515 yards and one touchdown (he is one of seven student-athletes to catch a touchdown this fall).
Last month, Ferreira concluded his team’s 14-12 setback to Husson University by becoming the program’s all-time leader in receptions with 144 grabs by recording 64 receiving yards on two catches. Tony Martignoli, a former teammate of Ferreira during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, held the previous record for receptions (143) at the conclusion of his senior season in 2019 – he also ended his career by ranking third in receiving yards (1,922) and fourth in touchdown catches (12).
Ferreira, who has recorded 145 receptions for 1,943 yards and 13 touchdowns in 29 contests with the Bison, is proud of his recent achievement, but keeping the focus on his team’s final opponent of the 2021 season: Endicott College.
“A win this Saturday against Endicott College would be ideal, as well as a good way to close out this season,” said Ferreira, who will be one of 16 seniors honored prior to kickoff.
Noontime Sports recently caught up with Hunter Ferreira to discuss becoming the program’s all-time leader in receptions, along with hopes of staying involved with football after he graduates next spring.
What does it mean to you to become the program’s all-time leader in receptions?
It means a lot to me. Showing up in early August and playing into the middle of November is not easy but breaking a program record was a little extra motivation for me (as a senior). a great feeling knowing your hard work paid off.
It sounds cliché but was it a goal of yours to have your name etched in the top spot in the Nichols College football record book?
Thinking back to my first season with the Bison, you’re not really thinking about (breaking or establishing a new record). Instead, you’re just trying to secure a spot in the starting lineup or at least, be able to join your teammates on the field. But I think after a strong sophomore season was when I noticed my name moving up the all-time receptions list, so it did become a goal of mine to be in the top spot following my final game with this program.
You previously competed with Tony Martignoli, who held the record of 143 receptions heading into this season. How did he help you become an even better receiver? Additionally, do you and Tony stay in touch/continue to talk football?
Tony helped me out tremendously when I was a freshman. He gave me a lot of advice from his experience playing in the conference, and yes, Tony and I still talk every day. I usually give him a call after every game.
Like my question above, how have you motivated yourself since your first season to become the receiver you are today?
Part of the reason I continued to play football after high school was to learn more about the game. Trying to improve as a player every day (is the goal, of course), but to be the best, you need to perform at your best, both during practices and film sessions. And having the mindset of never being satisfied and always trying to improve is a great way to stay motivated.
Finally, tell me about your major – why did you choose it, and do you hope to stay involved with football after graduation?
I am a sports management major. I chose it because I want to be involved with sports after graduation. And yes, I have thought about getting into coaching, but am not exactly sure what I want to do, however, I do hope to stay involved with football (after my final contest with the Bison).