New Hampshire Football Report

Hedberg finds a home

DURHAM – University of New Hampshire 18th-year head football coach Sean McDonnell announced Thursday that Granite State native Stephen Hedberg will join the Wildcats’ freshman class next season.

Hedberg, a Dover resident, is an athletic, proven winner at the quarterback position from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., by way of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. In 2016, the 6-foot-3,190-pounder was a USA Today All-New Hampshire First Team selection and earned the starting nod for the Granite State in the Shrine Maple-Sugar Bowl.

While playing for former Wildcat Eric Cumba at St. Thomas, Hedberg set an NHIAA record with 35 touchdown passes his junior season (2014). The Saints went to two straight state championship games, and he guided the team to an undefeated state title season in 2015, when he was named Division II MVP.  The three-year starter and two-time All-State QB totaled 80 touchdowns and 5,000 total yards. He served as captain his senior year.

“Stephen is a good QB prospect for us; his year of prep at Phillips Academy has given him added strength and maturity that will greatly aid his development in our program,” McDonnell said. “He has good arm strength, he’s very accurate, and his productivity is off the charts for New Hampshire high school football.”

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