NEWBURYPORT – Two weeks from today, Dillon Guthro will embark on the next phase of his football journey when he reports to Bryant University to begin training for the upcoming season.
“I would definitely say I’m not nervous, but I’m anxious,” Guthro said. “Now that the days are starting to tick by I almost want it to be here now so I can get to work instead of waiting until July 31.”
Guthro was awarded a full scholarship to play Division I football at Bryant this past winter, and since graduating from Newburyport High School in June he has spent his summer working out and preparing himself to make an impression on his new coach and teammates.
Now, with move-in day fast approaching, Guthro said he is confident in his abilities and hopes to position himself in such a way where he gets a chance to contribute right away.
“I fully plan to put myself in a position where the coach has to play me,” he said.
Guthro is coming off a fantastic senior season in which he captained Newburyport’s football, basketball and lacrosse teams and was named an All-League selection in all three. He was especially dominant on the gridiron, where he controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball as a lineman before capping off his career with two interceptions in Newburyport’s 21-7 victory over Amesbury on Thanksgiving Day.
After the season, he received Player of the Year honors from both the Cape Ann League and the Daily News, and he also became the first Newburyport athlete in history to be named to the Super 26 All-State Team.
None of that will matter once Guthro suits up with his new Bryant teammates, who include many of the best former high school players in New England and beyond.