Senior defensive end who is majoring in management … has started most of Bentley’s games since his freshman season … should compete for All-Conference honors … will provide senior leadership … improved speed during offseason … will begin senior year with 69 career tackles, including 9.5 for losses … three varsity letters.
2010: Tied for team lead with 3.5 tackles for a loss and three fumble recoveries … had a total of 25 tackles … recovered a fumble in each of the first two games of the season, at Carson-Newman Sept. 2 and at Central Connecticut Sept. 11 … had five tackles and a half-sack at AIC Oct. 2 … had a half-sack and forced a fumble against Stonehill Nov. 13.
2009: Started all 10 games at defensive end … made 41 tackles and six for a loss … third on team in sacks with 3.5 … all of his sacks came in four-game span, starting with one against Saint Anselm Sept. 11 … had half-sack in each of next two games … had nine tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and 1.5 sacks at Merrimack Oct. 3 … forced and recovered a fumble at Pace Oct. 17.
2008: Named to the Northeast-10 All-Rookie team at fullback … started seven games and saw action in all 11 … rushed for 196 yards on 42 carries … also caught four passes for 28 yards … had season-best 62 yards on nine carries and one touchdown against Assumption Oct. 3 … rushed for two touchdowns and gained 35 yards on the ground in Bentley’s 30-12 win over Saint Anselm Oct. 25 … scored a touchdown in 24-20 win over Pace Nov. 1.
Personal: 2008 graduate of Woburn High who earned seven varsity letters (three in football, four in basketball) … helped Woburn win the 2005 Division 1A Super Bowl … a Middlesex League All-Star as a junior and senior … captain of both the football and basketball teams … age as of Sept. 1: 21 … son of Carol and Michael Welch … father played football at Penn … has two brothers, Justin (28) and Dan (25) … Dan was a four-year starter at Assumption and Justin was a standout high jumper at Springfield.