Merrimack College football coach Dan Curran is ready to face a whole new mess of challenges this fall.
His team met for the opening day of training camp yesterday, in its first season as a Division 1 program. In case you haven’t heard, the Warriors are now part of the 11-team Northeast Conference, meaning the competition level is about to get kicked up a notch.
And Curran is no fool.
He certainly expects his team to take a few bumps and bruises during this inaugural season with the “Big Boys.” But one thing is for sure.
He’s extremely grateful that former Central Catholic star Mike Mercuri will be one of his captains.
“The teammates make the vote, but I was obviously very happy with the pick,” said Curran, who is entering his seventh season with the Warriors. “Universally, he’s a very well-respected guy. He’s not necessarily a big talker, but his teammates have a lot of respect for the way he conducts himself and his work ethic.”
Mercuri, a redshirt-junior, has certainly earned the honor.
The former Eagle-Tribune All-Star linebacker is coming off a stellar 2018 campaign where he was named third-team All-Northeast 10. He finished fifth in the conference in tackles (team-high 81), while also leading the Warriors in both tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (4.0).