Tarr was put on medication to treat the inflammation of the heart muscle, but football was out of the question for his freshman year. He bounced back in his sophomore year to emerge as one of the Northeast 10’s top backs in 2010. He averaged better than 6 yards a carry during the 2010 and 2011 season, and as a junior, amassed 860 running yards.
Tarr also surpassed 2,000 yards during his career, finishing fifth on Bentley’s all-time list, and his career rushing average of 5.6 ranks 10th amongst active Division 2 players and will receive the 2012 Nason Award for Senior Achievement by the New England Football Writers tonight.
The Nason Award has been presented annually since 1958 to the senior who has persevered against all odds to succeed in football.
“Bobby exemplifies what we as coaches look for in our student-athletes,” said Falcons coach Thom Boerman. “Toughness, leadership, will to win, work ethic, all apply to Bobby. Overcoming some physical issues early in his career, Bobby worked hard to make himself a cornerstone of our team effort these past four years.”
Tarr is the third Bentley player to receive the award, following Mike Nickerson in 1994 and Mario Hernandez-Kenyon in 2003.
“It’s great to be recognized by the New England sports writers,” says Tarr. “And I’m really grateful to have coaches who would think enough of me to nominate me for the award. I think it goes towards for my family, friends and coaches. Their support was the best part. My mother and step father were especially supportive. They kept me positive.”
Tarr studied economics and finance at Bentley and walked for graduation last spring. He will receive his diploma at the end of December and hopes to find something in the accounting or finance field.