SENIOR ALL-AMERICAN QUARTERBACK FINISHED 4-FOR-10 WITH 88 YARDS SATURDAY
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Appearing in his second all-star game showcase in the span of a month, senior quarterback Joe Clancy (Newburyport, Mass.) of the Merrimack College football team showed why he was one of the nation's top passing threats this season after leading the American Team to a 20-3 victory at the Medal of Honor Bowl game Saturday afternoon at Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
Clancy, who was selected to the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl and competed against some of the top draft-eligible Division I (FBS) players in the nation, completed 4-of-10 attempts to lead the American Team's passing attack on Saturday.
Clancy – who entered the game in the second quarter and helped add to his team's lead by orchestrating a pair of scoring drives to that resulted in two rushing touchdowns – passed for 88 yards, including a 38-yard strike in the third quarter that stood as his longest completion of the game.
An All-American, All-Region, All-New England and Northeast-10 All-Conference honoree, Clancy squared off against some of the best Division I FBS prospects from across the country on Saturday.
The prestigious showcase included players from programs such as Tennessee, Kansas State, Arkansas, NC State, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Maryland, Rutgers, TCU, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Connecticut, Texas, Ole Miss, North Carolina and Oklahoma State.
In December, Clancy joined senior classmates Michael Hubbard (Wakefield, Mass.) and Shane Ferguson (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) at the National Bowl in Miami, competing with and against some of the top non-BCS (Division I FCS, Division II, Division III) talent nationwide in another showcase event.
Clancy, who was named the Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season this fall, finished the season with 4,116 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and averaged 374.2 yards per game, becoming the first passer in league history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in a single season.
He graduates as Merrimack's all-time single-season and career leader in virtually every passing category, including touchdowns, completions, completion percentage and passing yardage.