November 16, 2013

UMaine linebacker shows a leading edge

Week after week, fifth-year senior Troy Eastman sets an example that his teammates follow.

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

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Troy Eastman, right, isn’t shy about getting into a foe’s face, as Northwestern running back Mike Trumpy can attest.

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“I constantly see Troy working with those two guys,” Cosgrove said. “He is their big brother in every way, shape and form. And I want our young players to look up to the seniors for advice in every part of their lives. It’s not just on the football field. It’s in academics and in decision-making in social settings.”

In his four seasons of eligibility, Eastman has played in every game except one, the 2010 finale when he was a redshirt freshman. His 92-yard interception return for a touchdown against Towson was one of the highlights of last fall’s 5-6 campaign.

His two interceptions this fall came at critical times. Bryant led 16-14 late in the first half of Maine’s home opener when Eastman picked off a pass at midfield and returned it 22 yards to set up the go-ahead score in a game the Black Bears won, 35-22. Earlier this month, also in Orono, Stony Brook trailed 13-7 late in the third quarter but had driven 71 yards before Eastman’s interception at the 5 put a temporary halt to the Seawolves, who eventually took a one-point lead before falling, 19-14.

“He’s made other significant plays that maybe don’t show up because it’s not a turnover or a sack,” Ferraro said, “but it was a play that helped us get off the field that maybe went unnoticed.”

Not by his teammates, nor by his coaches and certainly not by his proteges, Goncalves and Mulumba.

“They’re a bunch of fun,” Eastman said with a smile. “We’re around each other all the time. We eat together, watch film together, hang out together. We’re always together. That helps us on the field, I believe, a lot.”

On Saturday, if all goes well for the Black Bears, perhaps they can hoist a trophy together.

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