Clancy Preps to Impress NFL Scouts
- Updated: January 21, 2014
There are advantages to being a fifth-year senior.
Granted the fifth year after a redshirt season as a rookie, Merrimack quarterback Joe Clancy completed his degree last spring, but stayed at Merrimack for his final year of eligibility. In his final season with the Warriors this past fall, Clancy threw for 4,116 yards and 48 touchdowns, re-writing the Merrimack record book along the way.
Now, after a trip to the Medal of Honor Bowl two weeks ago, Clancy has setup camp in Florida in preparation for hopefully joining an NFL organization this spring after signing on with NFL agent Marc Lillibridge and his Pro Football Syndicate group, which also represents players like Peyton Hillis and Lardarius Webb.
Lillibridge’s connection with Bommarito Performance Systems – a Fort Lauderdale, Florida group specializing in strength and conditioning that has trained NFL vets like Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and Tony Romo – helped land Clancy there this spring.
“I couldn’t do this obviously if I still had classes to finish,” Clancy said. “It’s exciting. I’m getting to really dive in and completely focus on just getting better, stronger, faster and not having to worry about anything but that. It has definitely kept me more focused. It was definitely an advantage having my classes done so that I could just use this time to focus on getting better.”
NFLDraftScout.com has Clancy rated as the 50th-ranked quarterback out of 156 declared for this year’s draft.
Conditions at the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl weren’t ideal for passing. The wind was whipping and there was rain falling, but Clancy still led all quarterbacks in the game, throwing for 88 yards (there were 3 quarterbacks on each team that saw time).
Clancy was one of the few Division 2 players to participate, with most of the talent coming from the Division 1 ranks.
“It was a great experience,” Clancy said. “The events they had planned for us outside of the game were great. Even, you know, outside of just playing in the game, being able to practice with all of those guys and work under the coaches we had, even for just a week, I know it made me a better player.”
With just days to prepare, Clancy was working in an unfamiliar system and playing with unfamiliar players, but the lack of chemistry didn’t seem to matter.
“At first, maybe it does a little,” he said. “But when it comes down to it, all of those guys were so good, they were able to make plays even if we weren’t on the same page. I really came away with a great appreciation for how good those guys are. Off the field, you see how hard you need to work and that’s what I’m trying to do down here (in Florida).”
Recruited out of Newburyport High School, Clancy was the backup under James Suozzo his first two seasons, even playing wide receiver his first year on the field, making 13 catches for 119 yards.
Originally playing in John Perry’s high-octane offense, little has changed under head coach Dan Curran, who just completed his first season on the Warrior sideline as head coach after three seasons as offensive coordinator.
“I owe a lot to Merrimack,” Clancy said. “I’m not where I am, sitting here in Florida, playing in bowl games and hopefully getting ready to go to the next level, without Merrimack. Coach Curran believed in me from the start and has always told me that I can do whatever I want to in this game. I just hope I can carry on that tradition of NFL teams looking at Merrimack after guys like (Shawn) Loiseau, (James) Suozzo, Tony (Johnson) and Isaiah (Voegeli). ”
Clancy will run a pro day with other Merrimack players this spring prior to the draft.
“That’s the big deal,” he said. “The eyeballs are on you that day, so you need to deliver. I can’t wait.”