Under The Helmet with Norwich University Quarterback Matt Dunn

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Matt Dunn has been spotted under center this fall for the Norwich University football team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Norwich University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

In the words of Norwich University sophomore quarterback Matt Dunn, the Cadets current season has been a “decent” one so far.

Dunn has helped the Cadets enjoy a “decent” campaign by leading the Maroon and Gold on seven touchdown drives, including four two weeks ago during his team’s epic back and forth affair with Coast Guard Academy.

Against Coast Guard, Dunn tossed a career-high four touchdown passes, while completing 23 of 35 passes for 274 yards. His 23 completions and 274 passing yards were also career-bests, too.

Unfortunately, the Cadets fell to the Bears, 38-35, on a late touchdown drive that helped Coast Guard erase a four-point deficit with nine seconds remaining. But despite the setback, Dunn and his teammates seem to be thinking optimistically about their remaining games by keeping the focus on improving every day.

“Coach (Brian) Hayes, Coach (Greg) Vreeland, Coach (Sam) Chaves, and Coach (Kyle) Smesko are excellent coaches that put us in the best possible position to do well,” Dunn explained.

“All we need to do is execute on what they say (going forward), which I believe we have done for the past couple weeks. (We also) need to continue to do (what we are being taught in practice) for the remainder of the season, too.”

Prior to this past weekend’s conference clash with Springfield College, we caught-up with Dunn to discuss his second season with the Cadets.


Who has helped you improve as a quarterback this season? Do you feel you’re a better quarterback than you were last season? 

There have been a lot of people that have helped me improve as a quarterback, starting with Coach Hayes. He always helps us with our craft and makes sure we are doing the little things right correctly. Coach Hayes knows the game and the position, and when you do what he says you can really see the results.

Also, I credit my fellow quarterbacks Jeff Baldassari, Matt Chaffee, Hunter Powers, and Grant Willard, who are great teammates to lean on. We all help each other out every day with the focus on getting better and correcting mistakes. We are a tight group that loves to compete and we certainly make each other better.

I also owe a lot to my father for helping me improve, not only as a quarterback, but also as a player and teammate, too. I talk to him every day about football, school, military, other sports and life, and he always has the best advice for me. He keeps me centered after every game telling me what he saw and what I can improve on. He has always been a huge part of my success and I can’t thank him enough for that.

Everyone I mentioned (above) has and will continue to play a big roll in making me a better quarterback.

Have you always played quarterback? If not, what other positions have you played over the years before focusing on quarterback? 

Last season I played wide receiver after switching from playing quarterback for my entire life. I love being a part of every play on the offense, whether it is throwing the ball, running the ball or handing it off. I just like being involved. I give props to my linemen on offense and defense, who are constantly battling in the trenches on every play. I also give credit to the running backs and linebackers that go up against each other every day, too. And of course, I can’t forget my receivers and defensive backs that are the most athletic players on the field.

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Matt Dunn (6) is spotted under center during his team’s third contest of the season against Castleton University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Norwich University Athletics)

Being from Massachusetts, is it fair to say Tom Brady is your all-time favorite quarterback? If not, who is and why? 

I would be lying if I didn’t say I love watching Tom Brady play for the New England Patriots. He is absolutely my favorite quarterback but there are many others who I love to watch play the position, as well. I enjoy watching Drew Brees, Baker Mayfield, Tate Martell and Russell Wilson. They are all great quarterbacks that are considered “smaller” than the average quarterback like myself, but they still go out there and get the job done. They have prove that size doesn’t matter as long as you have the drive to be great, along with the work ethic, too.

What interested you in attending Norwich University? 

There were many things that interested me in attending Norwich University. First was the military – it has always been a dream of mine to serve my country.  My older brother Chris served in the Marines and told me about the officer career, which sounded right up my ally. Additionally, I was interested in continuing my athletic career with the Cadets’ football team, which was a huge part of coming to Norwich.

Additionally, what interested you in pursuing a major in Criminal Justice? What do you hope to do with your major following graduation? 

Criminal Justice interested me because of what I have seen others do with the degree. You can be a cop, work for the three letter agency or even do something with a security department for major companies. I hope to commission into the military upon graduation and once my service is complete to transition into either a police officer in Massachusetts at the state or local level or become a Boston firefighter. I believe the people who are police officers or firefighters have to greatest job in the world. They keep everyone safe and put their own lives on the line to do it. I certainly have a lot of respect for these brave men and women.

Finally, do you have a game day ritual? If so, what is it and how long have you followed it? 

Oh yeah, I’m a huge ritual guy. My main ritual is putting my equipment on the right side first before the left. I always put on my right sock, cleat or pant leg on before doing it on the left side. I have done that for as long as I can remember. It started when I played hockey and I have done it ever sense.

Football Friday Notebook: Friday Night Lights Returns to New England!

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports fans and friends!

We have some exciting news to share: Friday Night Lights has officially returned to New England – let’s go!

(Special thanks to Coach Eric Taylor for some inspirational words to kick-off the very first Friday Night Lights weekend in New England!). 

So, while we anxiously await for games to kickoff, let’s dish out some links and news from the New England football world.


Friday Night Lights Games to Watch/Follow/Attend Tonight (Friday, Aug. 31st)

WPI at Anna Maria, 7 p.m.
Western New England at Springfield College, 7 p.m.
Nichols at Westfield State, 7 p.m.
Becker at MIT, 7 p.m.
Dean at Curry, 7 p.m. 


News and Notes from the New England Football World 

Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful debut under center last night for the Coast Guard Academy football team – he finished with 411 yards of total offense. He tossed a career-best 336 yards for two scores, while rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Despite falling to Coast Guard in its first-ever varsity contest, University of New England quarterback Brian Peters said it was “awesome” to be on the gridiron last night.

Despite the distance, the UNE fans made sure to support their Nor’Easters on the road last night when they traveled to New London, Connecticut to face-off against Coast Guard.

Prior to last night’s tilt against UNE, Coast Guard offensive coordinator Ray LaForte told quarterback Ryan Jones the following: “I’m going to make you better.”

University of Maine pounded its rival last night, defeating University of New Hampshire, 35-7, in Orono, Maine. Perhaps this was a statement win?

Last night was the final preseason game for the New England Patriots, so here are 17 thoughts from the great Chad Finn of the Boston Globe!

Finally, an in case you missed it piece from the Washington Post: A California high school football team has chosen to cancel its season after being outscored, 102-0, in its first two contests.


Tweet of the Week 

Did you see Danny Etling‘s 86-yard touchdown run last night against the New York Giants? If not, make sure to watch it now (below!).


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Football Friday Notebook: Coast Guard Set To Open Its 2018 Season Next Thursday Against Univ. of New England

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to Friday, Noontime Sports Fans and Friends!

One week from today, we will have some ‘Friday Night Lights‘ to cover – we will also have a few week one games in the book, including Coast Guard Academy-University of New England.

So, let’s kick-off the second to last weekend of August with a brand new edition of the ‘Football Friday Notebook,’ which we all know you love!


New England Football Links & Stories


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Football Friday Notebook: Pats Trump The Eagles, News From D3 Football

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Friday … Let’s Go!

We kickstart a brand new weekend with another edition of the Football Friday Notebook with loads of links from around the web about the New England Patriots to local high school football starting today/this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back for more local football content over the next few days because football is officially back!


Noontime Rewind: What we posted this week

*  We caught-up earlier this week with WPI place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington to chat about kicking, last season’s success and his all-time favorite kicker, who happens to be Robbie Gould

* We recently posted a brand new Football Friday Podcast with Dan Mulrooney of Anna Maria College. Coach Mulrooney is eager to ‘Ring the Bell’ with a young group that is excited to get after it this season! 


New England Patriots & Pro Football Links 

* From the New York PostTom Brady looks ready to go for the upcoming season. And we think so, too! 

It took only six months, but Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally shook hands

* From Pro Football Talk: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed content with his lone preseason series drive.  

* Interesting story, but it seems like Madonna will open a a football academy in Malawi


New England College and High School Links

From the Lynn ItemPaul McGonagle is ready to lead Endicott College football this fall. 

From the Salem NewsErik Bell becomes the newest members of the Endicott football program as the team forms a partnership with Team IMPACT

* From the Worcester T&G: Nick Ostrowski has translated his hard work to the gridiron with the WPI Engineers’ football team. 

Earlier this week, veteran sports reporter Tom Haley shared some notes on the Castleton University football program

Husson University will have some coaches on its staff this fall that have some familiarity with the Eagles’ football program. 

* Finally, in honor of the start of high school football here in Massachusetts, check out the Boston Heralds‘ 13th Annual Preseason All-Star Team


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Football Friday Notebook: Patriots Rally In Preseason Opener, Endicott Unveils New Lids

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports Football Fans!

We’re back to our weekly Football Friday Notebook so be on the on the lookout for this particular post every Fri-Yay (a.k.a. Friday)!

Let’s kickoff the weekend with some news and notes from the New England gridiron, which includes yes some links to last night’s New England Patriots exhibition win over the Washington Redskins.

Also, make sure to the check-out the Endicott College new football helmets – these hats are on 🔥 fire!


Pro Football Links 


College & High School Links


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