Merrimack College senior quarterback Joe Clancy added yet another accolade to his resume when he was named as the 2012 recipient of the Harry Agganis Award in Stoneham last Thursday.
The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior football player in New England by the New England Football Writers. Clancy, a Newburyport High alumnus, is the first Warrior to receive the coveted prize.
“It was a tremendous honor,” Clancy said. “It’s an award from a prestigious committee, and they do things really well over there. Just to win that award for Merrimack is awesome for me, my coaches and my teammates. It was a great feeling.”
For the 2012 season, Clancy broke nearly every passing record in Merrimack history, completing 323 of 510 passes for 3,945 yards and 31 touchdown passes along with three rushing touchdowns to lead the Northeast-10 Conference in all passing categories. Clancy also led the nation in passing yards per game (394.5) and total yards per game (399.4). He was named Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-NE-10 after posting the best season in Merrimack program history from the quarterback position.
“We’re a young program, we’re not as traditional as others,” Clancy said. “But for us to be recognized this way was awesome. It’s good to give back to the program. Obviously we posted some big numbers this year. We had a real strong senior core in the offense. We had a lot of guys step up between this and last year. Obviously we had games where we should have played better, but we had a strong season, offensively, and it was good to send those guys out on a strong season.”
This is not Clancy’s first Agganis honor; in high school he played in the football, basketball, and baseball Agganis All-Star Classics.