Saturday, March 8, 2014
WATERVILLE -- On a Colby College football team full of smart athletes, John Gilboy is one of the smartest.
AN ALL-AROUND ATHLETE: John Gilboy (67), an offensive lineman for the Colby College football team, has a 3.7 grade-point average and is a double major. He also throws the shot on the indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
Photo by Dustin Stanoff
Colby at Williams
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Weston Field, Williamstown, Mass.
Last season: did not play
Key players: Colby — UT Luke Duncklee, G John Gilboy WR Michael Lahiff, DB Philip Amato, LB Henry Nelson, DE Lester Batiste. Williams — WR Darren Hartwell, G Pete Christiani, QB Adam Marske, LB Chris Cameron, DB Emmanuel Whyte, DB Ladd Hamrick.
Outlook: This game is the debut of Colby’s new head coach, Jonathan Michaeles, a longtime assistant coach with the Mules. Colby has a number of holes to fill on offense. Duncklee, a Cony High grad, can and will do a little bit of everything. Defensively, Nelson led the Mules in tackles as a freshman last season. Cameron, Whyte and Hamrick are the only returning starters to the Williams defense. Marske threw for 1,458 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Ephs last season.
A Saco native and graduate of Thornton Academy, Gilboy carries a 3.7 grade point average as a double major in Biochemisty and Classical Civilizations, two disciplines that usually don't go together.
"We have to do a language here at Colby. I took a few Latin courses, ended up taking some history courses, looked at my transcripts and thought 'I'm only three or four (classes) away. Why not give it a shot?" Gilboy said. "If you have a chance, you don't want to look back and say 'Well, I could've been a double major.' Just give it a go."
Just give it a go seems to be Gilboy's life slogan. A 6-foot, 300-pound senior, Gilboy is a captain of the Colby football team this fall, along with defensive back Philip Amato. Now entering his third year starting at guard on the Mules' offensive line, Gilboy was a second-team all-New England Small College Athletic Conference selection last season.
Gilboy will be playing right guard when Colby opens the season at Williams College on Saturday.
"John has a focus and commitment to success unlike many people. No matter what it is he does, he's so competitive. It could be chemistry class. It could be a one-on-one drill. It could be a walk through. He doesn't want to lose," said Jonathan Michaeles, Colby's first-year head coach, who spent the last eight years as an assistant coach with the program. "I don't have any one thing, because it's everything that he does. He will not relinquish an inch. He will not give anything to anybody."
A three-season athlete at Colby, Gilboy also throws the shot for the indoor and outdoor track and field team and placed sixth in the shot put at the conference championship last spring, Gilboy's academic accomplishments are more impressive than his athletic resume.
Following his freshman season at Colby, Gilboy went to New York to accept a National High School Scholar-Athlete award from the National Football Foundation, one of five players honored from around the nation to receive the award. Last year, Gilboy was the only Colby athlete to earn academic all-district honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.
A typical Gilboy day starts with class at 8 a.m. and doesn't end until homework is completed in the evening. After football practice, Gilboy even finds time to help equipment manager Chappy Nelson with the laundry.
A semifinalist for the Fitzpatrick Trophy, given annually to the state's top high school football player, as a senior at Thornton Academy, Gilboy started his college football career as a defensive lineman. When Colby was short on offensive lineman, Gilboy happily switched positions.
"Where can I get on the field faster? I think that's what it boiled down to. We needed some guards, and I played nose, tackle and guard in high school," Gilboy said. "I just love offensive line. It's a certain mentality, I think. I was all for it. A chance to be on the field more than I was the year before, and I love it."
Added Michaeles: "We had a need that year. We needed some offensive linemen. We knew that he was strong, tough, athletic and reliable, so we made that move. Coach Mestieri (former head coach Ed Mestieri) said this is a guy that's going to have an impact on our offensive line. He's started every game since his sophomore year."
In Colby's spread offense, guards are asked to do a lot, and that's part of what attracted Gilboy to the position.
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