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December 11, 2012

Port's Clancy earns Agganis Award

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“I don’t know if there’s someone over there that particularly likes me,” said Clancy. “But it’s obviously a tremendous honor. It’s a great foundation. Harry Agganis was one of the best athletes that Boston ever had. It’s such an honor, and I’m grateful for everything they’ve awarded me with. I’m very humbled by it.”

After splitting playing time with fellow quarterback James Suozzo during the 2011 season, Clancy stepped out of the shadows as the Warriors’ full-time QB in 2012, leading the Warriors to a 6-4 record.

“Obviously there’s games where we didn’t play as well as we wanted to,” Clancy said. “I didn’t play perfect at all. But I had good receivers. I had a good offense to work with, essentially. So we had some success.

“In terms of playing a full game, I think I transitioned well,” he continued. “Getting a feel of the game, instead of just being thrown in at some point. To play a whole game takes a lot out of you, but if you want to be mentally strong, that’s what it really comes down to.”

A redshirt in his freshman year, Clancy has already set his sights on next year.

“It obviously comes down to how much work I want to put into this, how much my team wants to put into it,” Clancy said. “You have to put the time in. You see the teams that do well and the players that do well, and they’re the most hard-working individuals in the game, so as long as we have hard workers, that’s what we need. (Head coach John Perry) has really put together a team of kids who want to work hard and get something out of it. So, I think we’ll be good. Hopefully, I’ll be playing in a game come Thanksgiving time and Christmas time and playing in a game somewhere in Alabama. We want to make the playoffs and win a conference championship. That’s what we need to do. “

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