With less than one month until kickoff, college football programs across the country have opened their training camps and entered the final stage of preparation for the upcoming 2014. Let's take a look at a few former Blue Wave players currently in the college ranks, who will be buckling up soon for their respective schools.
Silas Wyper, Daly Hebert and Andrew Nault
Last year's starting Wave signal caller and FCIAC player of the year, Silas Wyper is now playing at Division III Middlebury, where he'll need to learn the offensive system and develop chemistry with a number of other skill position players. Last spring, Hebert signed with St. Lawrence following a stellar year kicking and punting for Darien. Meanwhile, linebacker Andrew Nault has taken his talents to Endicott college, where he will face former Wave tight end Clay Barker in a home game on September 13.
Clay Barker, Hobart
my after graduating from Darien in 2012, after he helped lead the Blue Wave to a 2010 FCIAC championship. He spent much of last year learning Hobart's offensive playbook with the junior varsity team. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Barker will battle juniors Nick Liviero and Mike Britton and senior Mike Berkowitz for playing time.
Will Lochtefeld and Matt D'Andrea, Trinity
A pair of 2013 Darien graduates, Lochtefeld and D'Andrea will man the defensive line for Trinity in their second year at the collegiate level. Lochtefeld made three tackles in two games during his freshman campaign at defensive end. At six-foot, 285 pounds, D'Andrea, an economics major, appeared in one game and a made one tackle in 2013.
Henry Baldwin, Yale
Baldwin, another former Blue Wave quarterback, spent last year at Deerfield Academy, where he played football and basketball. Baldwin's grandfather played football at Yale and graduated in 1953. He does not figure to see much playing time with junior Clemson-transfer Morgan Roberts holding onto the starting job. Meanwhile, Logan Scott has a good grip on No. 2 spot, and Anthony Morales played mostly on junior varisty last year.
Patrick McDonald and Mike Stovall, Washington & Lee
Both McDonald and Stovall left the Darien program in 2012. This season, McDonald will enter his second year as a defensive back, two falls removed from playing wide receiver. He recorded two tackles in 2013, both during a 42-13 win over Bridgewater, in 2013. He was also a former Darien team captain and All-FCIAC selection in 2012. On the other side of the ball, Stovall will continue to take carries in the backfield. Thus far in his career, he's taken five hand-offs for seven yards.
Anthony Donato, Stonehill
A 2011 Blue Wave graduate, Donato did not see game action his last two seasons at Stonehill. However, he still has two years of eligibility left, thanks to a post-graduate year spent at Canterbury Prep School in New Milford. The tall wide receiver currently stands at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. He is majoring in business.
Stevenson Bone, Western University
Bone graduated in 2010 and currently competeds in the Canadian equivalent of Division I football, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The junior quarterback has two years of eligibility remaining after completing post-graduate year following his career at DHS. Last season, he played in a pair of regular season contests, completing two of five passes with one interception. He also ran for 30 yards and a touchdown.