BANGOR, Maine — With classes already under way at Husson University in Bangor, there are suddenly some new faces on the Eagles’ football team.
One of the newcomers is Josiah Hartley.
The former Bangor High School star attended the University of Maine last year and was a member of the football team. This summer, he left the program and the school.
Husson head coach Sean Murphy confirmed that Hartley is now with the Eagles.
“We’re just getting the ball rolling, but he’s attending Husson and he just came out [for the team],” Murphy said after Saturday’s 55-14 loss to Hartwick College at the Winkin Complex.
Murphy had recruited Hartley out of Bangor High, but understood his desire to take a shot at Division I.
“I talked to him all the way through the process last year,” Murphy said. “I knew he had big ambitions and I encouraged him to chase that.”
Hartley worked out with UMaine for an entire season and was being groomed as an H-back, a hybrid running back/receiver. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder appeared to be very much in the Black Bears’ plans and might even have played this season as a redshirt freshman.
However, Hartley instead opted to transfer.
Hartley was a multisport performer at Bangor High, where he played football, baseball, basketball and competed in track and field.
On the football field, he was moved from wide receiver to tailback as a senior and rolled up 1,353 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He also made 20 receptions for 329 yards and three TDs.
Murphy expects the versatile Hartley will be able to have an impact at Husson.
“We’ll see how he gets acclimated and settled in,” said Murphy, who isn’t sure what position might best suit Hartley. “He can play a lot of different positions.”
Hartley, who could not be reached for comment, could possibly surface on other Husson teams. He helped Bangor High win the Class A state basketball championship in 2011, was instrumental in the Rams’ run to the baseball regional title game and ran on Bangor’s state-championship 4×100 relay team in outdoor track.
He also excelled in the hurdles.
Murphy said Hartley is one of several players who are joining the Husson football team a bit late.
“We’re going to have a handful of walk-on guys who are going to be able to help us,” he explained, “guys who, for one reason or another, just were unable to come into preseason.”
Husson is preparing for Saturday’s home game against New England Division III power Springfield College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Winkin Complex.