Player Profile: Kendall Dardy-Jones

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Evan O'Neil

Assumption College football has never been better. With the first ever program Northeast 10-conference championship and a solid run in the NCAA tournament under their belt, the Greyhounds are now hungrier than ever for the season-opener this fall. The team has also come a long way from where they stood a few years ago. Kendall Dardy-Jones, a senior from Dorchester, Mass., talked about his experience at Assumption as a student-athlete.

Q: What is the biggest difference that you’ve seen with the football team during your time here?

I would say one of the biggest differences in the program is the relationships between the players and the coaches. We’ve had some great coaches and players over the years but you can see the player/coach relationship really helped with team chemistry. That helped the players believe that the coaches knew what they were doing and caused every player to buy into the process.

Q: How did you prepare yourself mentally for being a team captain this year?

At first I thought I might need to speak up more and be more vocal. Then I gave a pregame speech before the spring game last year and it was horrible, so I decided that I should just keep doing everything how I’ve been doing it. I made sure I was showing up to meetings, lifts, practice and anything else on time. I made sure I was working as hard as I could so it would motivate my teammates not to slack off. I also tried to stay the same person on and off the field. I didn’t want to let the title get to my head because our goal of winning a ring was more important than my status.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories of being a student-athlete at Assumption College?

I have a few memories. One of them was the summer before freshman year I came up to lift and run. I was on the incline bench and I was trying to act like I lifted in high school and put too much weight on. I almost dropped the weight on my neck and a few players who are some of my closest friends were actually laughing instead of helping and Coach V came in and grabbed the weight. Since then Coach V and I have always had a bond.

My second memory was when we first met Coach Chesney. He came into Kennedy 112 and basically told us I’m here to turn the program around and win a championship and keep winning and change the attitude of the program. He came in with such confidence in us that it was instilled in everyone in the room. Since then we’ve had more success each year and eventually got our rings. He also made sure we were involved in the Worcester community and on campus.

Of course the best memory was winning the championship. As the clock hit zero everyone stormed the field and I just dropped because I couldn’t believe senior year I’d be going out on top. I ran over to my roommate James Ward Jr. and we just hugged and cried. You could tell by looking at all the seniors tearing up that we put in so much work these past four years. This was like the big pay off for all of us. We’ve had two completely different coaching staffs. We’ve beat teams and got destroyed by teams. To go out on top was really the icing on the cake and I don’t think anyone of us will ever forget that moment.

Dardy-Jones was a great leader for the Greyhounds defense in 2015, registering 20 tackles (34 total), and 2 interceptions. Off the field, he is a Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies major and graduate from St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Mass. He was a tri-athlete in high school, playing football, basketball and lacrosse while being named to the ESPN Boston Prep All-State Defensive Team. An incredibly fast runner, Dardy-Jones ran a 4.39 40-yard dash in high school and has a 38.6 inch vertical jump. For more information on Assumption Football and all of Assumption Athletics, visit the official website at assumptiongreyhounds.com.

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