April 30, 2013

Voegeli Becomes The Fourth Warrior In Two Seasons To Earn NFL Opportunity

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack football senior wide receiver Isaiah Voegeli (Hyannis, Mass.) became the fourth Warrior in school history to sign with an NFL franchise on Monday afternoon following the NFL draft as he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Voegeli signed his undrafted free agent contract two days after the conclusion of the NFL Draft.

"I am still speechless," stated Voegeli. "All I can say is to God be the glory. I am so grateful for this opportunity. I can't thank head coach Dan Curran enough for his help and guidance and preparation to get me to this point. This is a dream come true that I've dreamt about since I was 7, to just have a shot and I've been blessed this opportunity."

Voegeli was in contact with multiple NFL franchises following the NFL drafts conclusion on Saturday afternoon but he settled on signing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Voegeli became the fourth Merrimack College player to sign a NFL deal on Monday as the others are Shawn Loiseau (Houston), Tony Johnson (Baltimore) and James Suozzo (NY Giants). Offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau from Bentley University remains the only Northeast-10 player ever drafted in the NFL being selected in the seventh round, pick number 250, by the Carolina Panthers.

The Hyannis, Massachusetts native will attend the Eagles rookie minicamp starting on May 10 and ending on May 12.

Voegeli leaves Merrimack as the most decorated offensive player in program history. He was a consensus All American last fall breaking multiple Northeast-10 Conference records along with nearly every Merrimack College receiving record.

"We are so proud of Isaiah and all of his accomplishments and we couldn't be more excited for him as he moves on to the next phase of his career," stated first year head coach Dan Curran. "Very few people have the opportunity to play football at the highest level and I can't think of an individual who has earned it more than Isaiah. Much like Shawn Loiseau did for the defensive side of the ball, Isaiah has set the standard for all future offensive players at Merrimack with his unbelievable production, competitiveness, and work ethic."

Voegeli recorded the best season of his four year Merrimack career as a senior as he was named All-American and Northeast-10 Conference Most Valuable Player after leading the nation in receptions (10.8) and yards (150.0) per game. Voegeli racked up a NE-10 record 108 catches for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games for the Warriors. The 1,500 receiving yards was second most in conference history while his 14 receiving touchdowns were good for most in program history. Voegeli broke the 100 yard plateau in seven of 10 games as a senior and set the NE-10 record for receiving yards in a game with 269 yards on 10 catches against Saint Anselm. Voegeli also racked up a career-best 17 catches for 264 yards against Pace.

For his career, Voegeli has established himself as the best wide receiver to dawn the Warrior jersey. He leaves Merrimack as the school's all-time leader in multiple receiving categories including catches (211) and yards (3,554) and ranks second all-time with 34 touchdown receptions.

Voegeli took part in the Warriors second-ever Pro Day and impressed in early April as he set personal bests in many categories including 40 yard dash time.

Current Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly recruited and coached current Merrimack football head coach Dan Curran at the University of New Hampshire for four seasons. Curran concluded his impressive college career in 2000 before making the jump to the NFL ranks with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.