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August 15, 2013

Bunker earns preseason All-America honors at Trinity

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“I’m honored but I really try to downplay that stuff. I’d rather get a ring than worry about that. Playing well and winning will hopefully come along with records,” said Bunker, who also highlighted the role the offensive line plays when a running back gets his name in the record books.

“Without the big uglies up front, there’s nothing. Much of the credit should go to them, and also to the defense for getting us the ball. It’s a cliche, but it’s a time game and when the time comes everybody’s doing a job to win.”

Bunker scored 11 touchdowns a year ago and with 21 rushing TDs in his career, he needs six this fall to pass Everett grad Genaro Leo for Trinity’s all-time career mark. His gaudy career numbers are made even more impressive by the fact that NESCAC schools play just eight games per season — fewer than the 10-11 in high school and 10-12 played by many colleges.

As a result, the Bantams don’t open the season until September 21. In fact, Evan won’t begin preseason training camp until after his younger brother Troy has started camp for his senior year at Masco.

“You’re always excited for the start of camp and by day three everybody’s sick of it,” Bunker said. “The blood really starts flowing at the end, after our scrimmages and when we can start preparing for (the opener against) Bates.”

The 2010 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Bunker is excited about going into his final season at Trinity. He was honored to be voted a team captain as well.

“I feel like I have to show the guys the ropes, what it takes,” he said. “I think we have a great senior/underclassman relationship at the school and we want those young guys to be confident when they step in.”

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