There were several moments of "suspense", including the naming of the captains for the 2010 season. Springfield football has been led by different numbers of captains the last several years. In 2008, there were four. In 2009, there were two. But in 2010, there will be three, and they are returnee Cody Flanigan, a defensive end from Auburn, N.Y.; offensive tackle John Carlson from Cromwell, Conn.; and running back Joe Myhren from New Hampton, N.Y.
Flanigan had a solid season on the defensive line. He was the team's fourth-leading tackler with 48. He also led the team in tackles-for-loss with 13.5 for 105 yards of negative yardage for the opposition. His 5.0 sacks, which tied for first on the team, were good for 45 yards. He also had two recovered fumbles, one forced fumble, and one blocked kick. Flanigan was named First Team All-Empire 8 for his efforts this past fall.
Myhren played only seven games for SC this season (due to injury), but the running back was twice named the Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Week, and once named ECAC Division III Northwest Offensive Player of the Week. The fleet back ran for 471 yards on 57 carries, good for a most-impressive 8.3 yards per carry. He scored six total TDs, including five by rush and one by pass. He had three receptions for 56 yards and one TD on the 2009 season.
Carlson started every game at an offensive tackle slot during the past campaign. And that came after he had played on the defensive side of the ball his first two years. But Carlson made the transition with ease, and was so good that he was named First Team All-New England and honorable mention All-Empire 8. He helped Springfield's rushing offense to a national No. 2 listing in Division III with 347.0 yards per game.
There were several major awards also distributed during the evening's festivities. Senior return man and free safety Jarred Burrell (Warwick, R.I.) was named overall Team MVP. The team's Offensive MVP was sophomore QB Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.). The team's defensive MVP was senior ILB Ken Goodwin (Foxboro, Mass.). SC's Special Teams Award was presented to Burrell, who finished third in the nation in kickoff returns (31.47 yards pr), and fifth in the nation in punt returns (16.18 yards pr).
The Norman Keith Student-Athlete Award was presented to senior quarterback Tom Bouffard (Newport, Vt.). The Ossie Solem/Ted Dunn/Nate Osur Brotherhood Award (for exempfying the ideals of the humanics philosophy) went to grad student and two-time captain Greg Webster (Melrose, Mass.). The Most Improved Player Award went to junior DB Tim Schumacher (Southington, Conn.). And senior offensive center Nate Chantrill (Auburn, Me.) picked up a pair of honors, including the Howard Resnick Award (team player), and the Most Courageous Award.
Springfield finished its 2009 season with an 8-2 overall record, 4-2 in the Empire 8. It concluded its season with a resounding 42-13 victory over Plymouth State University in the ECAC Division III Northeast Championship Bowl.
Springfield will open its 2010 season on September 4 at home against King's College of Pennsylvania at 4 pm.
Here is a "tentative" 2010 Springfield College Football Schedule. Please be aware that times especially are subject to change:
Sat. Sept. 4 -- KING'S (Pa.) -- 4:00 pm
Sat. Sept. 11 -- at Husson -- 1:00 pm
Sat. Sept. 18 -- at Wilkes (Pa.) -- TBA
Sat. Sept. 25 -- ALFRED* -- 2:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 2 -- KING'S POINT -- 6:30 pm
Sat. Oct. 16 -- UTICA* -- 1:30 pm
Sat. Oct. 23 -- at Ithaca* -- TBA
Sat. Oct. 30 -- HARTWICK* (Homecoming) -- 6:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 6 -- at St. John Fisher* -- TBA
Sat. Nov. 13 -- UNION -- 12 noon