Football Announces Signing of 11 Future Student-Athletes on National Signing Day


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College football team and second-year head coach Dan Curran are pleased to announce the signing of 11 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during National Signing Day earlier this month.

In total, 11 Warriors ranging from five different states have inked their intentions to join the program next fall. Three players hail from Maryland and New  York apiece, with two future student-athletes hailing from Connecticut and one each from New Jersey, California, and Montreal, Quebec.

The initial wave of signees included six on the defensive side of the football and five on the offensive side, highlighted by First-Team All-Conference selection Sam Francois, a defenseman lineman from St. John's (Washington, D.C.) High School, who also had four Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I FBS) scholarship offers before signing with Merrimack.

2014 Merrimack College Football NLI Signees

Sam Francois
St. John's | Washington, D.C.
DL | 6-3, 305
First Team WCC

Also recruited by: Akron, Kent St., Rutgers, Toledo

Avery Taylor
Gaithersburg, Md.
DL | 6-1 | 230
All-MET All-Star | Crab Bowl Invitee

Also recruited by: Bowie State, Shepard

Joe Capobianco
Lawrence, N.Y.
QB | 5-11 | 205
New York State Player of the Year (2012, 2013)
Long Island Champion (2012, 2013)
8,024 career passing yards
100 career passing touchdowns

Also recruited by: AIC, Stony Brook

Derrick Villard
Cromwell, Conn. | Trinity-Pawling Prep
RB | 6-1 | 215
4,518 rushing yards, 46 TDs, 9.76 YPC during Junior/Senior seasons at Cromwell before playing one year of prep at Trinity-Pawling

Also recruited by: Rhode Island, Sacred Heart, Southern Connecticut St

Oladiran 'Ladi' Isijola
Piscataway, N.J.
DB | 6-0 | 185
Triple threat for traditional New Jersey powerhouse Piscataway as a defensive back, wide receiver and return specialist
Also excelled at Track & Field, competing in the 100 meter dash

Also recruited by: Central Connecticut St, New Haven

Terrell Huff
Windsor, Conn. | East Coast Prep
DB | 6-0 | 198
Did post-grad year at East Coast Prep after starring at Windsor High (Conn.)
Extremely productive career at Windsor, finishing with 86 tackles, 4 TFLs, 5 INT, 17 passes defended, 7 fumble recoveries, 5 forced fumbles, 2 blocked punts

Also recruited by: AIC, Assumption, Southern Connecticut St

Brandon Lupo
Cornwall, N.Y.
OL | 6-4 | 290
Third-Team All-State
Ranked as one of top-44 recruits in State of New  York
All-Conference honors

Also recruited by: AIC, New Haven, New Hampshire

Fred Johnson

Archbishop Curley, Md.
DB | 5-11 | 175
Catholic Conference All-Star
Fourth in Maryland State Wrestling

Also recruited by: Bowie State, Shepard

Joe Loubier
St. Francis, Calif.
OL | 6-5 | 290
All-CIF All-Star

Also recruited by: Bryant, New Mexico St, San Diego

John Antetomaso
Kellenburg Memorial, N.Y.
WR | 5-7 | 165
All-Catholic Conference
Younger brother of former Merrimack wide receiver Frank Antetomaso

Also recruited by: Montclair St, Rowan

Gabe Dansereau
Trinity-Pawling Prep, N.Y.
DL | 6-0 | 235
All-Erickson League
Led League in Sacks

Also recruited by: Marist, Valparaiso

Check back in the near future for more signings for the Merrimack College Football Class of 2018! 

2013 Year In Review

After a year of accomplishments and the toppling of various school records, there were plenty of questions surrounding the Merrimack College football team heading into the 2013 season.

With new head coach Dan Curran - previously the offensive coordinator for three seasons – the expectations would certainly be high. Led by the top offensive unit, a tenacious defensive unit that made boundless leaps as the season wore on and combined efforts from an unproven veteran group that wasn't afraid of the moment and several rookies that played well beyond their years, Merrimack completed its best season in recent memory this fall.

The Warriors reached a seven-win milestone for the first time since winning the conference title back in 2009 while also accomplishing a feat that hadn't been done in the program's 18-year history.

In the preseason polls, Merrimack was nailed to finish fifth in the Northeast-10 conference, but before they could look ahead to NE-10 gauntlet, the Warriors had to travel down to Staten Island, N.Y., to take on the Northeast Conference's reigning champion, Division I Wagner College.

The Seahawks were coming off of one their most impressive seasons in recent memory. Not only did Wagner capture the NEC championship, but also advanced to the second round of the Division-I FCS Tournament after beating Colgate in the first round. The Warriors outlasted Wagner in a back-and-forth affair, 42-41, capped off by a 14-play, 96-yard touchdown drive for the ages to end the game, capturing Merrimack's first win over a Division I opponent that will go down as one of the biggest wins in program history.

Merrimack went on to finish the season 7-4 (5-4 NE-10), highlighted by a 5-1 stretch in the middle of the season and marquee victories at LIU Post and Assumption, as well as a big win over conference rival Bentley University in front of a huge Homecoming Weekend crowd.

On Nov. 16, the Warriors captured their 100th victory in program history when they stormed back to defeat Southern Connecticut State University, 35-24, in the season finale to avenge an earlier season loss.

Ten Warriors received NE-10 All-Conference honors: Joe Clancy (Newburyport, Mass.), seniors Artis Holt (Baltimore, Md.), Matt Tripicchio (Lake Zurich, Ill.) and Michael Hubbard (Wakefield, Mass.), as well as sophomore Jere Brown (Freeport, N.Y.) all were named to the All-League First Team; seniors Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.), Ferguson and McDonough earned spots on the All-League Second Team; and finally, rookies Jared Mincey (Edison, N.J.) and Justin Mount (Westford, Mass.) each were named to the league's All-Rookie Team. For the second year in a row, Clancy was also named the league's Offensive Player of the Year.

Clancy, Hubbard and Shane Ferguson (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) were all invited to participate in the 2013 National Bowl down at Florida International University in Miami. The annual showcase features some of the best players from around the country at the Division I FCS, Division II and Division III level.

 Clancy continued to reel in the awards for his on-field accolades. The Newburyport, Mass., native garnered one of the most prestigious honors in program history after being named a Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist, the annual award that honors the top player in the country at the Division II level.

The senior quarterback also earned New England Football Writers Association All-New England honors, and was also tabbed the 2013 Gridiron Football Club of greater Boston Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Clancy became the first 4,000-yard passer in Northeast- 10 history and graduates as the all-time leader in every passing category despite only two years as Merrimack's signal caller. The senior quarterback's 48 touchdown passes in 11 games was good enough to lead the country in passing touchdowns per game. Both he and Brown were named to the Daktronics All-Super Region 1 Second Team.


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