Here’s something not seen often, if ever: Two guys currently starting for NFL teams have Vermont colleges on their resumes.
Middlebury College graduate Steve Hauschka is a place kicker for the Baltimore Ravens while Pierre Garcon, who played a season at Norwich University, is an Indianapolis Colts receiver.
Hauschka, who has drilled 4 of 5 field-goal attempts for the Ravens this season, played three years at Middlebury, holds the school’s single-season (10) and career (20) field goal records and helped the Panthers claim the NESCAC title in 2007. Holding a year of college football eligibility after he graduated from Middlebury, the Needham, Mass., native walked on North Carolina State’s team while working on a post-grad degree and led the ACC in field goal percentage (88.9).
“It’s a joy to watch him (on Sundays),” Middlebury College coach Bob Ritter said. “In NESCAC, there’s one (NFL player) every few years or so, but it’s not a common occurrence. It’s rare that someone from NESCAC will have the impact that he has so quickly.”
Garcon has two touchdown receptions for the Colts this season and had the game-winning score against Arizona on Sunday.
He piled up 13 touchdowns and 990 yards as a freshman at Norwich before transferring to NCAA Division III powerhouse Mount Union. The West Palm Beach, Fla., product finished his college career with 60 TDs.
(Update) Here’s the Hauschka feature that appeared in Sunday’s Free Press. Hauschka didn’t have a field-goal attempt during his homecoming game, a loss to the Patriots.