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August 15, 2013

Bunker earns preseason All-America honors at Trinity

It’s been said that the only thing an athlete wants more than a championship is a second one.

Trinity College senior running back Evan Bunker would agree.

After a record-setting season in 2012 helped the Bantams win the NESCAC title, Bunker is hoping Trinity can repeat this fall.

“Finally getting that ring last year, I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” said Bunker, who fell just short of a ring in three playoff trips at Masconomet and went 7-1 in his first two seasons at Trinity before last year’s perfect 8-0 championship campaign.

“No matter what sport it is, when you win a league there’s a big bulls eye. Everybody is gunning for you, Middlebury, Amherst, Williams — they’re coming and when they play us it’ll be their Super Bowl. We have to be ready.”

A two-time All-NESCAC first team honoree, Bunker is expected to be one of the most productive players in Division 3 college football this fall. He’s been recognized on a pair of preseason All-America lists: the Cutting Edge Sports Management All-American first team and the Lindy’s College Football preseason All-American second team.

“It’s very exciting and it’s an honor to be mentioned for any of those things,” said Bunker. “It’s also a motivating factor, especially when you’re lifting and working out. You want to prove that you’ve earned that.”

A look over Bunker’s career at Trinity shows why the experts figure he’ll turn in another monster season. The Topsfield native is already Trinity’s all-time leading rusher with 3,066 yards and is the only player in Bantams lore over the 3,000 mark. His 1,275 yards last year as a junior were the second most in Trinity history and the third most ever by a NESCAC running back.

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