The Worcester Telegram has a nice feature story on Hudson native Scott Duggan, who will have his second chance to play a dream game this season -- Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Playing at the Big House earlier this season was a lifelong dream come true for Duggan.
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If you happened to watch last Saturday afternoon's thriller between UMass and Michigan you probably saw a Minuteman block a Spartan punt. What you may not have noticed was the player blocking the punt was former Hudson tailback and fullback Scott Duggan.
The punt was the first one blocked by a Minuteman defender against a FBS team since it happened against Kansas State in 2009. Duggan, a UMass senior, not only plays on special teams, but also has earned a spot as the starting fullback when the Minutemen run from an I formation.
Duggan attended Worcester Academy and Southern Connecticut before transferring to UMass. He played in three games on special teams coverage as a redshirt sophomore in 2008 and made a tackle against Bryant in his debut. As a junior, he appeared in eight games and made eight tackles, four solo, on special teams and as a backup linebacker. This year, Duggan earned a spot as the I formation fullback and is starting on special teams. He also returned one kickoff for 5 yards and one punt for 12 yards against the Spartans.
But for the first time in his life, Duggan will be rooting against his beloved Wolverines, as the senior fullback for the University of Massachusetts will line up against them Saturday.
"I've been a Michigan fan since I was three years old so it's pretty special to go out and play there," Duggan said. "I just remember every weekend they were one of the teams I had to watch on TV."
Read the full story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.