'The Black Bears have thrived with non-American players'

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'The Black Bears have thrived with non-American players'

Postby MBRRadio » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:36 pm

The Black Bears have thrived with non-American players, and more likely are on the way: https://t.co/E11GjTMlfu

ORONO — Occasionally, Pat Denecke will watch video of a potential Canadian recruit and see the move. What the player is doing is legal in Canadian football but would earn a 5-yard penalty in the United States.

“Once in a while we’ll see a couple funky motions on a kid’s highlight tape and get a good chuckle,” said Denecke, the assistant head coach of the University of Maine football team.

Canada is one of Denecke’s primary recruiting territories and he’s finding talent many Division I football programs overlook. When Maine opens its season Aug. 30 against Sacred Heart, it will have seven Canadian players and two from Europe.

The nine international players make the Black Bears – ranked No. 7 nationally in the STATS FCS preseason poll – an outlier among college football programs. By comparison, the other 11 teams in the Colonial Athletic Association have 11 foreign players combined. William & Mary, with three internationals, is a distant second to Maine.

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