Troy Pelletier, Lehigh University
Freshman Wide Receiver
2014 Stats: eight games, 39 catches, 701 yards, 6 TD (plus one rushing TD), 17.9 yards/catch, 87.6 yards/game.
2-Time Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
**17 catches for 401 yards and 2 TDs the last two weeks (career-high 214 vs. Holy Cross on Saturday).
Pelletier, Lehigh’s leader in receiving yards and touchdowns so far this season, took time away to speak with us regarding Lehigh’s tough season and how he’s adjusted from high school to the college-level as a true freshman this year:
All-Out Blitz: What was it about the school that made you choose to attend Lehigh?
Troy Pelletier: The great education and the success the football program has had throughout the years. I wanted to continue that winning tradition and I knew I had a good chance at contributing early.
AOB: How different has college football been from your high school playing days?
Pelletier: The biggest difference in college football that I have noticed is the speed and physicality of the game. Also in college you put in many more hours during practice and film study.
AOB: What’s been the biggest part of your success as a true freshman this year?
Pelletier: The biggest part of my success has been how welcoming and helpful the older guys have been. Learning our system on offense can be difficult and the older guys have been great in teaching us young guys what the coaches want out of us.
AOB: What makes you such a good wideout?
Pelletier: I think what makes me a good wideout is my size and my ability to get open and catch the ball.
AOB: What goals have you set for yourself at Lehigh?
Pelletier: Coming into Lehigh my goals were to give my best effort everyday and be able to contribute to the team on Saturdays in anyway the coaches needed me. Moving forward I plan to win multiple Patriot League championships while becoming one of Lehigh’s greatest wideouts.
AOB: Lehigh has a long history of very productive wide receivers at their program, especially recently and most notably Ryan Spadola and Lee Kurfis. Can you see yourself becoming another in a long line of wideouts?
Pelletier: I can definitely see myself in that long line of great players. I have seen quite a bit of film on those two and I think my game is very similar to theirs.
AOB: What has been your biggest memory and/or accomplishment so far this year?
Pelletier: My biggest memories so far are the two wins we have this season. I think this year has been tough on everyone and it’s amazing how much of a better feeling it is coming home after a win. Hopefully we can get a lot more of them in the next few games and the years to come.
AOB: What would it mean to be named to an All-Patriot League team this season?
Pelletier: It would mean the world. I work hard all off-season trying to make myself the best player I can be and being rewarded All League would be a great acknowledgment of the endless hours I put into making myself better.
Pelletier’s Mountain Hawks have two games remaining on their 2014 schedule, including a Patriot League match-up with Colgate this Saturday at 12:30 P.M. ET.