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January 31, 2013

SJP football captain Fagan to play at Bates

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Fagan made all the calls from his center sport and anchored a solid offensive line that helped the Eagles rush for close to 3,000 yards.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder has a 3.3 GPA and is a smart, steady player.

“They told me plans are to use me at center, which is where I feel I belong,” said Fagan. “Bates runs a zone-type offense, and it involves getting to the second level and blocking linebackers.

“Their coaches said they liked my footwork. I’m a little undersized even going against some of the kids I faced this season, but they’re not worried about my size. They want to put me on a program to gain a little more weight and be up by 20-25 pounds to around 270 by my sophomore year. They’re only losing two starters on the line and told me they’d start the five best on the offensive line. Nothing is guaranteed; you have to earn your playing time.”

Fagan plans to work hard to get ready for next year, lifting and working out. But the biggest weight off his shoulders has been lifted now that he knows where he’ll be the next four years.

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