Brendan Pidgeon Makes a Statement

The New York linebacker prospect terrorized Section IV all season, and was named a 1st-team all state player. Is he still on SU's radar?

To put it in his own words, Brendan Pidgeon went out in style.

"We had a great run," Pidgeon said when talking about his return to the football field as linebacker and halfback for the Oneonta Yellowjackets.  Pidgeon was a terror on both sides of the ball all year in New York's Section IV after returning from a broken leg during his junior year.

The highlight was taking down Chenango Forks.  Chenango Forks had only lost 4 games in the previous 5 years.  Pidgeon came up big all day.  He ran for two touchdowns on offense, and made a game-high 12 tackles.

"It's nice to make a statement that you still exist," said Pidgeon.

What a statement Brendan made.  The linebacker and halfback was recently named 1st-team Class B all-state.  He is being looked at by Bucknell and Lehigh, and D-III powers Ithaca and St. John Fisher, rivals in the Empire 8.

Brendan's father, Tim, was a linebacker for the Orange in the mid-80's and played on the 1984 team which defeated then #1 Nebraska 17-9 in the Carrier Dome.

Pidgeon said interest from Syracuse tailed off once Greg Robinson was relieved from head coaching duties.  The previous staff was very interested in bringing Pidgeon in as a linebacker.

"They told me last week they would not have any open scholarships," said Pidgeon.  "It was not the best day of my life."

Despite the disappointment, Pidgeon sounded cheerful about both his future, and the prospects of the program which he helped lift to exciting victories.

"Hopefully I helped to lay some building blocks for the future."

- Zach Smalt

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