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August 30, 2012

Faraci gets first start against national champs

Making your first collegiate start on the road against the defending Division I FCS National Champions might be daunting for some, but you couldn't hear any of that from sophomore Nick Faraci.

Faraci, a 6-foot-2, 280 pound center from South Fayette High School in McDonald, Pennsylvania, is taking over for All-Northeast Conference center Logan Miles, who graduated last year. To make matters more difficult, Faraci has never played center before. At South Fayette, he played guard and tackle and was a guard for almost all of last season.

"At the college level you have to learn every position, so it was an easy transition. I had the help of all the guys," Faraci said.

And just because Miles is no longer anchoring the offensive line, it doesn't mean Faraci didn't learn anything from last season.

"Logan helped me a lot. He was kind of my mentor and I got to watch him a lot towards the end of the year," he said.

According to Faraci, the strength of the offensive line is run blocking and it's something they pride themselves on. Despite losing some starters from last year's line, Faraci insisted the offensive line is already into a groove.

"We're really coming together out there. We lost a couple guys last year, but had three weeks of camp and we started to come together," he said. "In spring ball we started to get that chemistry and later in camp we started to come together and play as one."

Is Faraci nervous for his first start?

"It's more excitement. I'm really excited to get out there and play, especially to play a real challenge in North Dakota State," he said.

North Dakota State is the defending FCS National Champions, and while Robert Morris is inexperienced at nearly every position on offense, Faraci said he thinks they have "a good shot" to win Saturday night's showdown.

When the topic of the offensive line came up again, Faraci couldn't stop talking about how his teammates helped him in the transition.

"I had all of spring ball to transition and get me ready and all these guys helped me out and I feel real comfortable," he said.

Saturday will be the ultimate test.


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