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Bulldogs Back in Action Against Marist
Bryant University football gets back into gear this Saturday as the Bulldogs take on the Red Foxes of Marist under the lights in Poughkeepsie, NY at 6 pm. The Bulldogs look to extend their Division I-AA win streak after beating Wagner 24 - 14 two weeks ago. Marist looks to add to its disappointing 1-5 record and winless home streak.
Many would ask what is leading to the success of Bryant football in this first transition year into Division I, a season which many thought would be a tough one for Bryant in all sports. The Bulldogs are simply just playing solid football. The running tandem of Jerell Smith and Lindsey Gamble has proven to be a battle tested weapon for Coach Fine this season. Both talented backs have eclipsed the 1,200 career rushing yard milestone this season, Smith currently with 1,235 and Gamble with 1,221. Senior quarterback Jay Graber has improved with every game, managing the game and completing 55% of his passes in his first season with the Bulldogs. Also standing out is the impressive line play for Bryant, led by senior guard Alex Grande.
One could, and should, give credit to the defense. This unit has been excellent in forcing turnovers, twice forcing 7 turnovers in a game, giving the Bulldogs a 2 to 1 takeaway to giveaway ratio. Standouts such as the Gauthier twins and Don Smith have anchored the line that has forced 9 fumbles so far. Junior Paul Polomski has been a leader in the linebacking core, while defensive backs Andre Whyte, Bryce Martins and freshman Samad Wagstaff lead a unit that has picked off 11 balls in just 5 games. Wagstaff has 5 of those interceptions to his name, one shy of tying the all-time record for most interceptions in a season with 6. Mostly, the unit flies to the ball and gives their offense plenty of chances to score. Did I mention they have only allowed 1 lone field goal this season?
This group of Bulldogs looks to take on a Marist team that is 0-4 at home and trails Bryant in almost every statistical category. With this said, Bryant needs to be wary and not fall into a trap, for Marist will be looking to prove that Bryant is not yet ready to be a D-I team.
Bryant will then return to Bulldog Stadium for Parents & Family Weekend to face Robert Morris on the 18th. Tune into WOON-AM 1240 for all the games and WJMF 88.7 FM for all home contests.
Bulldogs back in action against Marist
By Casey Mulcare, The Bryant Archway