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January 25, 2014

What's next for Clancy?

Newburyport QB has professional aspirations

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Merrimack head coach Dan Curran was the Warriors’ offensive coordinator for three years before accepting the head post a year ago. He spent eight years playing professionally, which includes stints with Seattle and New Orleans.

Curran’s office has become more like a UPS hub in recent years – he’s sent game clips and highlights to scouts from all over. He’s taken calls from more than half the teams in the NFL and said that “four or five have shown significant interest.”

“This is a kid who threw 48 touchdown passes in 11 games,” Curran noted. “We run a complex offense, very QB driven with a lot of moving parts. He has the ability to make quick decisions and be accurate. And he handles it so easy.”

Curran said Clancy is the No. 2 rated quarterback in the Northeast, “and that includes BC and Rutgers.”

Clancy reminds Curran of Matt Hasselbeck, whom he got to know during his days with Seattle. “They don’t just have the same body type, but also the footwork, the delivery, even his personality,” Curran said. “That’s a pretty good comparison.”

Clancy’s spring is filling up fast. Following his stay at Bommarito, he hopes to spend a week in New York working with former Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler. He is also planning his own ‘Pro Day’ at Merrimack, where NFL scouts can watch him in an assortment of drills. He also plans to attend another at Harvard.

There are other combines he hopes to attend, with which his agent, Marc Lillibridge, is arranging. And of course, he hopes for a phone call sometime around May 8-10, the dates of the NFL Draft.

“I’ve always watched the draft as a Pats fan,” he said. “I’ve thought about it, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”

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