Football Team Names Starting Quarterback

Aug. 30, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-After two weeks of competition, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team has chosen the man who will trigger the offense in 2010.

Sophomore Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA), who transferred from Saint Anselm after earning Boston Globe Player of the Year honors as a senior at Manchester Essex High School in 2008, will take the snaps when the Corsairs begin their 2010 season Saturday.

Orlando led his team to the Division IV Super Bowl championship as a high school senior. He takes over from(sophomore) Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy), who started tinal five games at quarterback last season but will begin the 2010 season at wide receiver.

"After watching the competition during our first two weeks of camp, we have decided that Patrick Orlando will start at quarterback for us this season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Patrick and Brendan both had an outstanding camp, and after speaking with Brendan, I decided that we would be a better team with Brendan at wide receiver and Patrick at quarterback." Brendan is arguably the best athlete on our team, and, for the good of the team, he agreed to a position change that will help us have a better offense. Brendan's selflessnessexemplifies the attitude of our team this year."

Sophomore Tom Pereira (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS/Mass Maritime) will back up Orlando. "Tom was also in the competition," said Robichaud. "He also had an outstanding camp, and he will serve in a backup role."

The Corsairs will begin their 2010 season at home against Fitchburg State Saturday, September 4th at Cressy Field at 12 noon.

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