Who says you can't go home again? New York City native, Barry Lovett looked pretty good playing football in his Franklin & Marshall blue. Now he is getting his shot to wear the New York Giants blue. Late Thursday evening, Lovett was invited to the Giants' rookie minicamp, which gets underway this morning.
"I am fired up for Barry," said F&M head coach John Troxell. "He called me from the airport in Virginia last night and was tremendously excited for the opportunity."
Lovett is the fourth NCAA Division III player to earn an invitation to an NFL minicamp. UW-La Crosse defensive back Matt Winney, Carthage wide receiver Nick Merchut and William Paterson wide receiver Joel Rivera each will get a chance to show their stuff in NFL minicamps in the upcoming weeks. Winney will be in the Minnesota Vikings minicamp, while Merchut got a shot from the Chicago Bears and Rivera from the New York Jets.
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.
Lovett had been working out Division I pro prospects such as former Penn State linebacker, Sean Lee. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Lee in the second round. Lovett has conducted formal training with Power Train Sports Institute in Lancaster. Power Train has worked with over 45 NFL players.
Lovett majored in Business, Organizations and Society at Franklin & Marshall.
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