Former Darien football stars shine in college ranks
The success of the Darien High School football team during the past several seasons is has turned the Wave into a perennial power, and a large number of football alums have continued their careers on the gridiron in college.
A few already have a couple of games under their belts this season, and the rest will kickoff this weekend.
Here’s a look at where the former Darien stars are now.
Brian Keating, UConn
Keating, a sophomore, earned a place on the UConn Huskies’ roster as a walk-on last year and became the team’s primary long-snapper. As a freshman, he played in 11 of the Huskies 12 games and the team finished the year 3-9.
Keating is again the team’s lead long-snapper and was awarded a scholarship by head coach Randy Edsall.
The Huskies are 0-2 to begin the season and will host Rhode Island at noon, Saturday.
George Reed, Union College
Reed is a senior linebacker for the Union College Dutchmen, who are 2-0 to start the season
Reed is second on the team in tackles with 14, which includes 7
solo tackles, and also has two tackles for a loss. He had 10
tackles in a 30-7 win over Husson to begin the year, and added four in a 28-10 win over Coast Guard last weekend.
The Dutchmen will host Springfield College at 2 p.m., Saturday.
Andrew Stueber, Michigan
Stueber is a 6-foot-7, 325-pound sophomore offensive lineman for the Michigan Wolverines.
The Wolverines have played two games so far, falling to Notre Dame 24-17, while beating Western Michigan 49-3, with Stueber getting playing time in both.
Michigan will host SMU at 3:30 p.m., Saturday.
Brian Peters, University of New England
Peters is a sophomore quarterback for the Nor’Easters and has throw for 510 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first two games of the season. He had 242 passing yards against Coast Guard in the opener, and added 268 yards against Husson last weekend.
New England has opened the season with two losses and will look to get in the win column when it hosts Nichols College on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Jack Griffiths and Jack Tyrrell, Amherst
Griffiths and Tyrrell are both senior members of the Amherst offensive line.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Tyrrell has played in 19 games during his college career, including eight as a junior.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Griffiths has played in seven games during his career, including three last year.
Amherst went 7-2 last fall and its only two losses were by four points and then seven points in overtime. Amherst begins the 2018 season with a road game at Bates at 1 p.m., Saturday.
Griffin Ross, Bowdoin
Ross is entering his senior year as a wide receiver for the Bowdoin Polar Bears. He played in two games as a junior, but did not have a reception.
The Bears open the season by playing at Williams at 1 p.m., Saturday.
Quinn Fay, Tufts
Fay is entering his sophomore season as a defensive lineman for the Tufts Jumbos football team. Tufts will open the schedule with a game at Hamilton at 1 p.m., Saturday.
Tim Graham, Bryant
Graham, who helped start the Blue Wave’s run of state championships as the starting quarterback in 2015, is a red-shirt sophomore for the Bryant Bulldogs this fall. The Bulldogs have opened the season with a 1-1 record.
Mark Evanchick, Penn
A star lacrosse player for UPenn, Evanchick is also a junior linebacker for the Quakers’ football team this fall. Penn will begin the season with a home game against Bucknell at 3 p.m., Saturday.
Evanchick, a defenseman on the men’s lacrosse team, was named to the All-Ivy First Team in the spring.
Sam Bowtell, Shelby Grant, Connor Tienken, Nick Green and Max Grant, Trinity College
The Trinity College football team will have five former Blue Wave stars on the roster this season, as the Bantams hunt for a third consecutive NESCAC championship. Trinity is 16-1 during the past two seasons, and is coming off an 8-1 campaign.
Sam Bowtell is a senior offensive lineman for the Bantams and checks in at 6-feet, 260 pounds.
Shelby Grant is entering his junior season as a Trinity running back and, in his first two years with the team, has 43 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Bowtell and Grant will be joined by three freshmen from Darien: Running back Max Grant, cornerback Connor Tienken, and linebacker Nick Green.
Trinity begins the season with a road game at Colby at 1 p.m., Saturday.
Mitch Pryor, Vanderbilt
Pryor is a freshman running back for the Vanderbilt Commodores, who opened the season with a pair of wins. Vandy topped Middle Tennessee 35-7 in week one, and Nevada 41-10 in week two. The Commodores play at Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m., Saturday.
Alex Dehmel, Williams
Dehmel is a freshman cornerback with the Williams Ephs, who will begin the season at Bowdoin at 1 p.m., Saturday.
Mike Neary, Brown
Neary is a freshman defensive lineman for the Brown Bears, who open the season with a game at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Cal., at 7 p.m., Friday.
Charlie Zuro, Gettysburg
Zuro is a freshman defensive tackle with the Gettysburg Bullets, who are 0-2 to start the season. They’ll visit Dickinson at 1:30 p.m., Saturday.