New Hampshire Football Report

Saint Anselm names captains

MANCHESTER – Head Coach Joe Adam of the Saint Anselm College football team has revealed his captains for the upcoming 2022 season.

Anthony Brown (Belton, Texas), Liam Flynn (Hanover, Mass.), Bobby Long (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Vincent Wagner (Staten Island, N.Y.) will provide on-the-field leadership for the Hawks in 2022, the 24th season of modern-day football at Saint Anselm.

“We had many candidates nominated for these coveted spots on our team,” said Adam, “and it speaks to the overall leadership we have in our program. These four men follow a long line of captains and men of positive influence here in our program.”

A First Team All-Conference performer in 2021, Brown becomes a two-time team captain for the Hawks. Last season, Brown reeled in 56 passes for 812 yards with nine touchdowns, leading the NE10 outright in receiving yards per game (90.2) while tying for the league lead with nine receiving touchdowns.

Additionally, Brown’s 6.2 receptions per game and 90.2 receiving yards per game ranked him within the top-25 in NCAA Division II in both statistics. He also served as the team’s primary kick and punt returner, ranking 15th in NCAA Division II with 12.2 yards per punt return.

Flynn debuted for Saint Anselm in 2019 with 12 tackles before exploding for 57 takedowns in 2021, registering nine-and-a-half for a combined loss of 35 yards. Logging his first career interception against American Int’l on Oct. 30, he produced two double-digit tackle games (Sept. 17 at Southern Conn. St.; Oct. 16 at Stonehill) and posted one-and-a-half sacks.

Long, the first Bridgewater, Mass. native to serve as a team captain since Dan Bohenek in 2009, has seen action in 26 games for the Hawks, scoring seven touchdowns as a wide receiver. Last season, he appeared in nine games and hauled in five scores, logging one in four out of five games played in the month of October.

One of just two student-athletes from New York State to be selected as a team captain (Yianni Gavalas), Wagner trailed only Brown with 787 all-purpose yards on the season. Logging over 100-plus all-purpose yards in four games on the year, he logged 483 rushing and 304 receiving yards to help Saint Anselm as a dual threat.

“We are excited for these four student-athletes as they take their next step into leadership this fall,” said Adam. “I characterize each of the four selections as ‘all-in’ men who are an extension of our coaching staff.”


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