BREAKTHROGH PLAYERS: Diamond Ferri

WHO HE IS: Diamond Ferri has made the switch from offense to defense in hopes of helping an Orangemen defense that gave up 33.8 points per game last year.

Ferri, a former running back, was used in a backup role last year behind Damien Rhodes and Walter Reyes. In 10 games last year, the junior rushed for 155 yards on 39 carries.

WHY HE WILL HAVE A BREAKTHROUGH YEAR: This year, Ferri will start at strong safety and so far, the results have been positive.

"He's been a great addition to our defense," linebacker Rich Scanlon said. "He brings the kind of attitude and toughness that we need and we want on this defense."

Ferri will also be important on special teams, something that Pasqualoni said was his "biggest concern."

Last year, the Orangemen blocked seven kicks, with David Tyree being the focal point of the unit. With Tyree gone, Ferry figures to be one of the players to pick up the slack.

"We've got a couple of guys we're looking at," Pasqualoni said. "Diamond Ferry is taking over some of the responsibility on punt protection."

THE FERRI FILE

Ht: 5-10
Wt: 206
Hometown/ High School: Everett, MA / Everett
Noteable: In 10 games last year, Ferri ran for 155 yards on 39 carries, returned two kickoffs for 19 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards. … In high school, Ferri led his team to Massachusetts state championships in his second and fourth years.
Academic Interest: Sociology.

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