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Ossining's Connolly Chooses Bucknell

OSSINING, N.Y. -- While Brian Connolly sat and listened to Bucknell football coach Joe Susan, he kept glancing at his parents.

“My mom and dad gave me that look that said, ‘You have our blessing,’ ” said the Ossining quarterback.

Once Susan concluded the conversation, Connolly made his college choice, verbally committing to attend Bucknell next year. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Connolly, a senior and in his second year calling the signals, will have an opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback position next year.

“The coaching staff made me feel like I was part of the family,” said Connolly, who is considering a major in Physical Therapy. “My parents were happy with them also.”

Along with Bucknell, Connolly was also considering the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham and Monmouth.

Connolly was well aware that college coaches will say anything to persuade a recruit to attend their school, so the players’ words were important.

“When I met the players and talked to them, they said they put their trust in the coaches,” Connolly said. “They said coach Susan is a very supportive man. Bucknell is one of the best academic schools in the country. When coach Susan was talking to me, he was stressing how important academics is to him and how they stay on top of the players.”

The offensive system also appealed to Connolly.

“They run a pro-style offense with a straight drop back and read, with a little play-action,” he said. “I feel that I fit in perfectly. Coach Susan said that’s why they tagged me as a recruit because they felt I fit into their offensive system.”

Connolly can turn his total attention to helping Ossining overturn last year’s 2-7 record and return to the Section 1 playoffs.

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