On Diana: An All-American candidate on the offensive line in his second and final season at UMass ... Junior college All-American who started at left guard last season and earned All-Conference Second-Team honors ... Worked at center for much of spring camp, but could also play guard once the line is set in camp ... Has been a "very welcome addition" according to Brown ... Very versatile, as he can play center or guard ... Good blocking techniques.
As a junior in 2006: ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM OFFENSIVE LINE ... Junior college transfer who made an instant impact starting 14 games at left guard and played in all 15 games ... Part of offensive line that has allowed just 16 sacks in 15 games (1.07 per game, which was first in A-10 and ranked 14th in the nation) ... Aided 10 Steve Baylark 100-yard rushing games including last five in a row and all four NCAA Tournament games ... Helped Steve Baylark to four straight 100-yard games from Oct. 7-28 including his career-best 235 vs. Rhode Island (10/21) ... Drew first UMass start at Navy (9/9) at left tackle ... Played as a reserve in the opener vs. Colgate (9/2).
At Nassau C.C. in 2004-05: Played two seasons at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. ... Named a Third Team All-American ... Member of the Northeast Football Conference's First Team in helping the Lions to a league-best 9-2 record overall as a sophomore ... Led an offensive lead to a league-best 197 rushing yards per game ... Also named to NFC All-Conference as a freshman in helping team to an 8-3 record.
Before College: Played offensive line at Mepham High School in North Bellmore, N.Y.
Personal: Nicholas Diana ... Born Dec. 29, 1984 ... Son of Valerie and Peter Diana ... Brother of Travis and Thomas ... Majoring in Sociology.
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