Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Jack Mallis, the Fitzpatrick Trophy winner for Windham in 2009, has continued driving forward at Southern Connecticut State, not just in the classroom (3.60 grade-point average) but scoring when the opportunity arises on the field, as well as strong special-teams play.
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Jack Mallis: “I’m not sorry to see the season end. It gives us a chance to start from scratch next year.”
Mallis has more than football going for him. His 3.60 grade-point average was tops on a team of 85 players. He's maintained that for two years. This fall he turned heads when he showed up at a reception for scholar-athletes looking like he stepped off the pages of GQ magazine.
"Some people thought I was a professor," said Mallis, laughing.
"Hey, if I'm going to dress up, I'm going to dress up. I wore my best suit."
He can get used to the mistaken identity role. He walked into the campus field house the other day and saw a youngster staring at his long blonde hair, strong jaw, wide neck and muscled frame.
"He thought I was (Green Bay Packers linebacker) Clay Matthews," said Mallis, laughing again. Never mind that Mallis is 6 inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter.
He is no longer the kid who showed up on campus in the late summer of 2009 searching for self-confidence and wondering if he'd fit. More than a few Maine high school athletes have a tendency to not believe in themselves.
Yes, Mallis was the Fitzpatrick Trophy winner who let the air out of a Windham school bus' tires. It was an end-of-school prank. The adults in his life were not amused. He made the wrong choice that day.
He's made a lot of right choices since. He will persevere.
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