ORONO, Maine — Former Bangor High School multisport star Josiah Hartley, who was a redshirt as a freshman on the University of Maine’s football team this past year, has left the team according to head coach Jack Cosgrove.
“He just said he didn’t want to play football anymore,” said Cosgrove. “If you don’t want to play, you can’t play.”
Hartley was being groomed as an H-back/inside receiver for the Black Bears.
“We thought he was progressing,” said Cosgrove, who didn’t know if Hartley was going to return to school.
Hartley could not be reached for comment.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hartley was a versatile athlete at Bangor High.
In football, he played tailback and wide receiver and, his senior year, he rushed for 1,353 yards on 247 carries despite missing two and a half games with a concussion. He also rushed for 15 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 329 yards and three more touchdowns.
He followed that success by helping the Rams capture the state Class A basketball championship that winter. He scored 13 points in Bangor’s 41-38 win over Edward Little of Auburn in the Eastern Maine Class A championship game after spending the previous evening in a hospital receiving intravenous fluids due to dehydration. He lost 13 pounds.
Hartley went on to play for the Bangor High baseball team that reached the EM Class A championship game.
In track, he qualified for the New England championships in the high jump; earned fourth place finishes in the state meet in the 110 and 300 hurdles as a junior and was All-Penobscot Valley Conference selection in the two hurdles events, the shot put and 4-by-100 relay.
He was part of a state championship 4-by-100 relay team.
Nine Bears preseason picks
The Maine football team had nine players named to College Sports Madness Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association teams.
Offensive linemen Chris Howley and Josh Spearin, wide receiver Maurice McDonald and tight end Justin Perillo were named to the first team offense and end Michael Cole was picked to the first team defense.
Linebacker Donte Dennis, who missed all of last season due to injury, was named to the second team defense while end Erwin Roach and cornerbacks Darlos James and Kendall James were third team defensive picks.
The Black Bears are coming off a 9-4 season in which they reached the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.
“It’s nice for the guys to get recognized but we have a long way to go before the first game and a lot of work to be done,” said Cosgrove.
He noted that 62 players are currently on campus working out together and that is four more than last summer’s previous high of 58.
“That’s a good sign,” said Cosgrove. “That’s the next step. The guys are learning about what it takes to be successful.”