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Early honor for Cornell’s Quinn
The former St. Joe’s football player is named a second-team All-American.
Pittsfield has raised a preseason football All-American – Cornell safety Dempsey Quinn.
Quinn, who played three sports at St. Joseph’s High School and is the son of former Springfield College standout Jack Quinn, was named to the FCS [Football Championship Series] Senior Scout Bowl preseason All-America second team.
Quinn, who also played at Avon Old Farms, was second last year with 92 tackles for the Big Red. He had 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, an interception, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.
In a game against Dartmouth, Quinn had a career-high 16 tackles – one of six games where he reached double figures in tackles. He had 12 tackles against Harvard and 11 against Pennsylvania and Princeton.
Quinn will have a new coach to play for in the fall in Kent Austin.
“We’ve got a really good group of guys here. We have a lot of character, but we don’t know how to practice yet,” Austin said in a release. “We don’t know how to maintain a level of excellence in stringing together several plays in a row.
“We’ve focused on the process of getting better. When you focus on that, everything else falls into place.”
The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a postseason all-star game that showcases seniors who play at FCS schools. This year’s game will be Dec.
Quinn is one of eight Ivy League players who were named to one of the All-America teams.
By Howard Herman, The Berkshire Eagle