College Football: It's all good for Salem's Fedrick
By ROGER BROWN New Hampshire Union Leader
Manchester native Chip Kelly who was the offensive coordinator for the Wildcats before moving on to coaching jobs for the Oregon Ducks, Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, takes in the UNH football Blue and White scrimmage in Durham on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
UNH Quarterback Trevor Knight throws during the UNH football Blue and White scrimmage in Durham on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (red shirt) huddles with his teammates following the UNH football Blue and White scrimmage in Durham on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Head Coach Sean McDonnell gathers his players following the UNH football Blue and White (quarterbacks are in red) scrimmage in Durham on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The white team scores a touchdown during the UNH football Blue and White scrimmage in Durham on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
UNH linebacker Jared Kuehl follows a play during the UNH football Blue and White scrimmage in Durham on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
DURHAM — So far, August has treated University of New Hampshire running back Jerickson Fedrick well.
His spirits were lifted following UNH’s Aug. 15 practice, when UNH head coach Sean McDonnell informed Fedrick that he had earned a full scholarship. Fedrick, a Salem resident who spent two years at the University of Maine before transferring to UNH, is entering his senior season with the Wildcats.
“Last Tuesday I think I had a decent practice,” Fedrick said. “My parents were here and he (McDonnell) walked over and gave us the good news, so I was really excited about that. I was kind of star-struck. I didn’t know how to react.”
Fedrick was also among the standouts in UNH’s Blue/White scrimmage Tuesday afternoon. He rushed for a game-high 67 yards on six carries and also caught a 19-yard pass as Team ’Cats defeated Team Wild 24-17.
Fedrick rushed for 4,568 yards and scored 75 touchdowns during his four seasons at Salem High School. He’s been battling for playing time with running backs Evan Gray, DeUnte Chatman and Donald Goodrich.
Treyvon Bryant, UNH’s projected starter at running back, suffered a season-ending knee injury during spring practice.
“In a perfect world we’ll all do well,” Fedrick said. “I guess it’s just depending on the day and how the coaches feel. Just how they want to attack the other team.”
Gray rushed for 20 yards on four carries and caught two passes for 34 yards in the scrimmage; Chatman gained 23 yards on six carries and caught a 10-yard pass; and Goodrich picked up 21 yards on four attempts and had one reception for 3 yards.
McDonnell said nothing stood out to him from Tuesday’s scrimmage other than how the running backs performed.
“I think we have four really good running backs who can play for us,” McDonnell said. “I think it’s going to be by committee. You look at all of them (and) they do things well. I was very pleased with the way Jerickson Fedrick ran today. We have guys who I think can play for us. It’s a good problem to have.”
Fedrick sat out the 2015 season per NCAA rules after transferring from Maine, and appeared in six of UNH’s 13 games last season. His rushing total Tuesday included a 52-yard TD run.
UNH’s other scoring plays were a 53-yard pass from wide receiver Neil O’Connor to wide receiver Malik Love; a 4-yard run by quarterback Will Pollard,; Gray’s 20-yard TD reception from quarterback Trevor Knight; O’Connor’s 14-yard reception from Knight; and field goals by Max Pedinoff (27 yards) and Hayden Middleton (26 yards).
“It’s hard to say you’re upset about being productive, but I can always do better,” Fedrick said. “Obviously you can’t be satisfied as a player. You have to go out and do more every day. That’s how I want to approach things.”
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Pollard, who played at Kennett High School in Conway, completed 5 of 11 passes for 99 yards. He also rushed for 24 yards on four carries. He was one of four quarterbacks who played in the scrimmage. Knight, an Amherst resident, completed 13 of 23 passes for 175 yards and two TDs; Ivan Niyomugabo, who played at Merrimack Valley in Penacook, completed 2 of 5 passes for 11 yards and was intercepted once; and Christian Lupoli tossed 6 completions in 11 attempts for 53 yards. … McDonnell said Bedford’s Michael Vailas, a wide receiver, will see time on special teams this season. Vailas transferred to UNH after playing lacrosse at Bryant University. … UNH will open the season at home on Thursday, Aug. 31 against Maine.