Seven former University of Maine football players will be on NFL team rosters for the 2009 season’s kickoff this weekend.
The list includes defensive lineman Mike DeVito and tight end Matthew Mulligan, both on the New York Jets; linebacker Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs; running back Montell Owens of the Jacksonville Jaguars; linebacker Stephen Cooper of the San Diego Chargers; defensive back Brandon McGowan of the New England Patriots, and linebacker Lofa Tatupu of the Seattle Seahawks.
McGowan’s spent the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears. He signed with New England during the offseason and made the team coming out of training camp. McGowan’s overcame several injuries to make a Patriots team.
Thomas Hall to induct four
Michael Donovan, Doug Long, Dana Wedge and Bette Robjent will be inducted into the Thomas College Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday.
Donovan, who will be inducted posthumously, was from Gardiner and a two-sport athlete at Thomas. He played basketball and baseball at Thomas from 1969-73, was named MVP for both teams and selected to an all-conference baseball team.
Long, of Littleton, Mass., played for the Thomas men’s soccer team from 1985-87 when he started 46 of 48 games and posted 17 shutouts. He was a two-time all-conference selection for the Western Maine Athletic Conference.
Robjent, of Oakland, coached at Thomas from 1975-84 and was the school’s first female coach. She began the school’s women’s teams for field hockey, basketball and softball.
Wedge, of Scarborough, played for the Thomas men’s soccer team from 1982-85 and compiled 30 goals and 18 assists. He was an All-District V selection and the Maine College Rookie of the Year in 1982.
Armstrong to assist at Husson
Amanda Armstrong has been named an assistant coach for the Husson University volleyball team. Armstrong played for three seasons at the University of Maine before that school dropped its program after last season.
Armstrong, who was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll, spent the summer as an assistant coach for the High Performance volleyball program in New York.