LANCASTER, Pa. - Barry Lovett played his last game in a Franklin & Marshall College uniform in November. He represented the United States at the Tazon de Estrellas. He is hoping that his life in football will carry on to the next level.
In 2009, Lovett was named to the All-Centennial Conference First Team for the second time in as many years, following a season in which he broke up five passes and picked off three more. Lovett was the only defensive player unanimously selected to the first team. He rolled up 74 yards on his three interception returns, including a 62-yard return for a touchdown at McDaniel. That marked the second week in as many that Lovett had scored. He scooped and scored from 69-yards out in the win over Muhlenberg. Lovett had 33 tackles on the season, including 27 solo stops. His five tackles for losses included one sack.
This afternoon, he will workout at the East Preps Football Combine, hoping one of the professional scouts on hand or who see his video will give the Diplomat a shot at an extended football life.
Since graduating from Franklin & Marshall in December, Lovett has been working out with big-time college football players such as Nekos Brown, Virginia Tech's defensive end and Sean Lee, a potential third round draft pick linebacker from Penn State. He has also worked out with fellow defensive backs Kendrick Dawkins of Buffalo, and Ross Ventrone of Villanova.
"In the first week of workouts, I can say I've seen physical differences in my body and increased performances with the NFL pro day and combine drills," said Lovett. "You cannot think about anything else but pushing your body to its limits to achieve the attributes that NFL and CFL scouts desire."
For Lovett, the experience has been part of the extended F&M family. F&M grad and former cager, Bradnon Chasen, represents Lovett, while the East Preps Combine is run by former Diplomat gridiron standout, Mike Quartey, of Hitz Sports Agency.
The Diplomats 2009 defensive MVP enters this afternoon's workout in Cherry Hill with the type of perspective expected of an F&M graduate, "All I can do now is be humble and try to outwork the competition."