ORONO, Maine — University of New Hampshire redshirt freshman defensive end Cam Shorey of Calais didn’t get a lot of snaps in his team’s 41-27 Football Championship Subdivision win over the University of Maine on Saturday.
But he knows his time will come.
“I got a couple of snaps today, mostly on special teams … the kick return team,” said Shorey. “But I’ve received a decent amount of snaps for a freshman this season and there will be more opportunities in the future here.”
Shorey has played in 11 of UNH’s 13 games and has four solo tackles and three assists including a sack.
He is enjoying his first season in uniform at UNH after redshirting last year.
“It has been great. Hopefully, it will continue a few more weeks. That would be awesome,” said Shorey.
Shorey and his older brother Cal were primarily known for their exploits on the basketball court at Calais High, although they played football when the Calais-Woodland Silverados were formed.
“I had played peewee football in Canada when I was 9-12,” said Shorey. “Then we got a club football team in high school and we played JV teams for a year. The next year we had a varsity team but I tore my ACL in our first playoff game [against Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln].”
Shorey was a running back and had several 100-yard rushing games.
“That’s when I threw in the towel on football,” said Shorey.
He had to miss the basketball season but returned the following winter and earned second-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine honors as he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots during the regular season before averaging 22.7 points and 11 rebounds in three EM Class C tourney games.
He transferred from Calais to Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.) with the hopes of earning a Division I basketball scholarship.
“But I missed football. I had a lot of friends on the football team and they encouraged me to play. I talked to the coach [Bill Glennon]. They didn’t have to do a lot of convincing. I always loved it,” said Shorey.
He played tight end and defensive end for Phillips Exeter and was chosen the team’s co-Most Valuable Player and a member of the Class A All-New England first team. He had 18 catches for 225 yards and, on the other side of the ball, he had 68 tackles and 11 sacks. He also forced two fumbles.
He received scholarship offers from Villanova and Maine as well as New Hampshire.
“I had success and I fell in love with football again,” said Shorey who visited UNH first and verbally committed right away.
“I loved coach [Sean McDonnell] and the program,” explained Shorey.
He began as a tight end but was moved to defensive end.
UNH has three seniors and a junior ahead of him on the depth chart.
“I couldn’t be more excited about a young guy under me right now in terms of where he could go,” said eight-year UNH defensive ends coach Jon Shelton. “Like any other young defensive lineman, we have been spending time with him helping him learn the fundamentals and the techniques. But athletically and developmentally, he’s ahead of the game.
“He’s probably one of the better freshmen to have come through the house,” added Shelton. “He gets better every month and every rep. He’s very intelligent and a hard worker. He’ll be a 30-40-50 rep a game guy next year and he’ll grow even more from there.”
Shorey noted that he has had to pay attention to the technical aspect of the position, he can’t just rely on his athleticism.
“You really have to fine tune things to make plays at this level,” said the 6-foot-5, 262-pound Shorey.