Connolly played quarterback for the Witches this year, throwing a couple touchdown passes and rushing for more than 300 yards, but his future is in the defensive backfield.
He made 74 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries for Salem. According to Saint Anselm coaches, he has a chance to work his way into the lineup, most likely as a cornerback.
“I met their coach (Patrick Murphy) and he’s a great guy,” Connolly said. “One of his big mottos is, he doesn’t care who you are, how big you are, if you’re a captain, a senior, junior, sophomore or freshman, if you’re playing better you get your time.”
Connolly has every intention of going into Saint Anselm and fighting for playing time.
He feels he brings some strong football qualities that will help him get on the field.
“I would say one of my biggest (strengths) is my football IQ. I can read a play before it happens, diagnose it and read and react,” Connolly said. “I’m really excited to be able to have an opportunity to play. I’m looking forward to it.”