Danny Triplett gives the NFL a shot

DannyMaking it to the National Football League is something that many young boys dream about from a young age, while throwing the ball around with dad and wearing their favorite jersey every Sunday sitting around the television.

When they grow up they may continue to play football even to a college level, but often times this is the end of the line. They may play in community leagues or go on to coach their son’s team, however making it to the NFL is rarely realistic.

“I actually decided I hated football after I passed out from asthma doing drills for my Pop Warner team in the second grade,” said Danny Triplett, a 24 year-old football running back, and criminal justice major from Haverhill Mass. “I quit the next day, but a week later the challenge of the sport drew me back in.” <!–more–>

But on March 30th, Triplett, a senior, was in Baltimore, Md., taking part in the regional NFL combine with Baltimore Ravens. Players can sign up for the program to show their potential, if they feel they have any and were not selected for the NFL National Scouting Combine. While at these events, players are trained and reviewed by professional scouts.

According to nflregionalcombines.com, any player may apply and register for the combine, if they meet the requirements and can “perform at a high skill level.” At any time during the combine, the NFL holds the right to turn away any player they feel is “unqualified or unfit to compete.”

Triplett found out about the combine from a scout at an event he participated in over a year ago. “He said I had potential, but needed to tune up my skills, and that I should try for a regional combine,” Triplett said. “ From there I transformed my perspective of hard work, and after a year and three months later of relentless training, I participated in the Baltimore combine.”

Mark Murnyack, the head football coach here at Norwich University, remembers Triplett’s arrival as running back recruit his freshman year. “When he got here he worked extremely hard,” Murnyack said. “I think one of the things that had impressed us physically was his size.”

Teammate Louis Delgado, a 24 year-old senior from Stone Ridge, N.Y., agrees that Triplett’s physical size and strength are important. But he says recent adjustments to his mind-set have also been beneficial in his progress. “He’s strong as an ox,” Delgado said, “but even better than that, he’s willing to put in the hours it takes to be a standout.”

Delgado goes onto say that lately Triplett has become more of “a student of the game” and this has helped him in Delgado’s opinion, because he believes that the more effort you put into learning something, you get that much more out of it.

Muryack definitely agrees that he has seen Triplett learn and grow into the player he is now over the past four years. “There are certain characteristics that I will always remember Danny for,” Murnyack said. “He is tough, hardworking, and his never-give-up attitude are unforgettable.”

Triplett said his hard work ethic is “fueled by doubt.” His peers telling he couldn’t play football only made him “strive to put it in their face,” and from there he wanted to prove to his teammates and coaches he was good enough as well; he wanted everyone’s respect. “Next I was told I was good enough to play college ball, but not for Division I or Division II schools because they didn’t want a kid who was getting in trouble and arrested,” said Triplett. “I didn’t want to be known for my mistakes so I stopped hanging out with the wrong crowd and worked on rebuilding myself, on and off the field.”

Senior Nicholas Pulaski, 22, a teammate from Stratford, Conn., admits that Triplett did face some adversity while trying to reach his goals. “No one really thought he would make it,” Pulaski said. “He had a lot of haters, but he had a lot of supporters too, but he proved everyone wrong, and that he could go above and beyond.”

According to lockerreport.com, Triplett displayed great ability, good speed and power. Most impressive was his ability to catch the ball and how “fundamentally sound” his techniques were.

Murnyack said he was particularly proud of the comment on Triplett’s ball-catching abilities, which the coach noted was a struggle for him when he first arrived.

For his part, while Triplett performed well at the combine, he attributes that to his experiences here at NU. “Coach really pushed me and helped me better myself on and off the field,” Triplett said. “ He inspired me and gave me the confidence I needed to pursue a goal as big as pursuing a career in the NFL.”

That’s What She Said…

Sometimes, even for the best of writers, it is hard to find the words to say. How do my readers expect me to summarize the last four years, three of which have been with The Guidon, into a short few paragraphs? How can I condense all of the work we have done this year into just a few sentences?

I will try to do so without sounding like a Hallmark card. [Read more...]

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A time of change for all

To the senior class: In a few days you will be receiving your diplomas and closing the chapter on your undergraduate careers. While this is undoubtedly a bittersweet milestone, you are not really leaving Norwich, as once you cross that stage you will have officially joined the proud ranks of Norwich alumni. [Read more...]

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Spring sports teams post some good records, but fall short in playoffs

 

The end of the spring semester is always an extraordinarily stressful time for Norwich students. With finals exams, extracurricular activities, and sunny weather, it is certainly a challenge to finish out the school year.

However for student-athletes, this time of year is especially daunting due to the end of the spring sports seasons, and the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) playoffs. Here’s a rundown on how the teams have fared. [Read more...]

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Sudden change in Norwich ‘fraternization’ policy raises questions, concerns on campus

FratNorwich University Assistant Commandant William Passalacqua still remembers what it is like to be the leader of the NU Corps of Cadets, and after 25 years he still understands the importance of trust and respect in relationships.

He was not just the cadet colonel, but also once a 22-year-old college student who made a decision to take the high-ranking position within the Corps.

Now, in his position as assistant commandant in an executive position in the university administration, Passalacqua has the job of looking after the members of the regimental staff as well as assuring the structure of the Corps is upheld. In that role, he has recently changed the policy on fraternization in the Corps of Cadets, a move that has created some controversy on campus. [Read more...]

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Norwich’s long cavalry tradition may be victim of budget squeeze

In light of recent rumors about budget cuts at Norwich University, students are expressing concerns that a tightened budget will affect their daily activities.

For students in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets (NUCC), the top concern is a rumored funding cut for the Cavalry Troop. However, Cavalry Troop has not been specifically targeted, according to Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider.

“Right now we are in a position where you guys can’t afford everything we are delivering,” said Schneider. Schneider explained that even with a rise in tuition next year, the administration still needs to cut around $1 million from the budget. [Read more...]

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Student views differ on drunk driving, texting while driving

DRUNKDRIVINGIt’s a Saturday night and the bars are filled with people, mostly college-aged students enjoying a night out on the town with friends. After a few alcoholic beverages, the intoxicated 21-year-old brain may decide that the connected body is OK enough to still drive.After jumping in the car with keys in hand, the ignition turns, the car is put into drive, and a buzzed journey begins down the road. Body and mind are relaxed, reaction time has been slowed, and the car begins to drift over the yellow line and back.

All of sudden flashing police lights fill the night sky, a sight almost blinding as glazed eyes adjust, and a siren pierces the otherwise tranquil evening. As the car pulls to the side of the road, all our driver can think is ‘What now?’

Six Norwich students found themselves in a situation similar to this one, out of a total of 39 DUI’s in the Northfield community last year. Those figures are in the 2013 Annual Report to the Community, which is prepared by Northfield Police Chief James Dziobek. [Read more...]

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Northfield residents complain about student noise, vandalism off-campus

On March 18, 2014, a mass email was sent out to the entire Norwich community discussing “Northfield residents’ concerns about Norwich University’s students’ off -campus behavior,” according to the administrator who penned the notice.

The letter from Brig. Gen. Frank Vanecek, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (VPSA), stated that students who are “patronizing local businesses or visiting off-campus residences” are causing issues with residents in the downtown Northfield area because of “incidences of noise, vandalism and overall disrespect increase in the community”. [Read more...]

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Norwich says goodbye to Sociology Prof. Wendy Fuller

A much loved sociology professor, Dr. Wendy Fuller, is leaving Norwich at the end of this semester.

A much loved sociology professor, Dr. Wendy Fuller, is leaving Norwich at the end of this semester.

Every student here at Norwich University has to take a sociology class as part of their degree requirement, but one sociology professor had a big impact on the student population. Dr. Wendy Fuller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, will not be returning in the fall to teach her trademark class, Race and Cultural Minorities, as well as the rest of her course lineup.

Dr. Fuller was raised nearby in Warren, Vt., and attended St. Michaels College, earning a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a minor in World Religious Studies. “I’ve always known that this is what I’ve wanted to do,” said Fuller. “I’m very interested in how the world works and I am fascinated in why people do the things that they do.” [Read more...]

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For FacOps staff, their jobs mean long hours, but also good pay, benefits

A NU FacOps golf cart provides the staff easy access to tools, while being cost effective to provide mobility around campus.

A NU FacOps golf cart provides the staff easy access to tools, while being cost effective to provide mobility around campus.

Employees of the Facilities Operations (FacOps) department at Norwich University work long hours balanced by benefits that outshine packages offered by other employers, say staffers there.

“(Norwich has) a great benefit package between health insurances and retirements and the vacations that they give us and the amount of sick (leave) that they give us,” said Hollis Rocker, who serves as NU’s Supervisor of Grounds, Transportation and Vehicle Maintenance.

Larry Hopper, a custodian at NU, agrees that the benefit package is indispensable. “Where I worked before, any benefit you had you got a group rate but you paid the whole thing,” Hopper said. “Norwich has a fairly good benefits package, I took a $1 pay cut to come here and within a year I was probably making 50 cents to a $1 an hour more and now I’m making, excluding the benefits package, I probably make $3 an hour more than my old job.” [Read more...]

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