Ansonia High School’s Montrell Dobbs, who was named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year, will prep next season at Milford Academy (New Berlin, NY). Dobbs rushed 406 times for 3,445 yards and scored 45 touchdowns last season, while leading the Chargers to the State Championship game vs St. Joseph’s.
Dobbs was a Walter Camp Player of the Year finalist and was named both the New Haven Register’s and Naugatuck Valley League’s Player of the Year. His 3,445 rushing yards were the second highest single season total in state history.
With the Huskies heading into the 2011 season with three senior tailbacks, UConn will most certainly be looking to bring in one or more backs in the class of 2012. Dobbs could be the horse the Huskies are looking for. This past season he had 30 carries or more in eight games, including a 50 carry game vs rival Derby, and a 52 carry performance in the State Championship. He rushed for over 300 yards in seven of Ansonia’s 13 games.
Despite all the accolades and accomplishments, Dobbs remains humble. Following his 363 yard, five touchdown performance vs Montville in the State Semi-Final, Dobbs credited his offensive line with his success. ”Our line has been tremendous all season. Every thing that I do, every stat that I have , I owe to my line.”
Milford Academy Head Coach Bill Chaplik, who is also an Ansonia native, is excited to have Dobbs. “I think he’s a 1A running back all the way. We’ve had great success with running backs here at Milford and I think Montrell will continue in that great tradition. He’s a north-south runner, and that’s what we’re looking for here at Milford. We’ve had LeSean McCoy, Shonn Greene and Marcel Shipp here, we’re looking forward to having Montrell.”
UConn Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni met Dobbs at the Connecticut High School Coaches Awards banquet, where he handed Dobbs the CHSCA Player of the Year Award. Pasqualoni told Dobbs he’d be checking with Chaplik throughout the year to monitor his progress.
Chaplik thinks UConn hit a home run with the Pasqualoni hire.
“I think UConn made the best hire in the country. Pasqualoni is a class guy, a man of his word. When he says the door is open to High School coaches, he means it. I know that if we send a kid to play for him, we know that Paul will make sure that player does well in the classroom, and we know that player will have a chance to play and achieve their goals and dreams. Having guys like Paul and George DeLeone back in college football is great for the game. We need to keep guys like these in college, not lose them to the NFL. I think Pasqualoni will take UConn to the next level. I’m extremely excited about what this means for UConn and for Connecticut. I played at BC, but I’m a Connecticut guy. That’s my home state.”
Dobbs is expected to be on hand at UConn’s annual Blue/White scrimmage game at Rentschler Field in April, and currently has UConn at the top of his list.
Highlights of Dobbs’ 363 yard, five touchdown performance vs Montville in the State Semi-Final :
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