FCS Spotlight: Dominick Bragalone III, RB, Lehigh
(Humblebrag coming) So the last two FCS running backs I have written about (Tarik Cohen and Chase Edmonds) have both paid off so far. Tarik Cohen was drafted in the 4th round back in 2017 and has been incredible ever since. Chase Edmonds was drafted in the 4th round this year and has so far managed to take snaps despite being behind superstar David Johnson on the roster (not to mention Mike McCoy and his running back poison being spread all around Arizona).
So moving on to this season; and my pick to potentially get drafted and become an NFL superstar, Dominick Bragalone III. Standing at 5’11 and 230lb, he is a perfect blend of power and speed, as proven by his incredible statistics since playing for the Mountain Hawks.
In his four years spent at Lehigh, he has rushed for 4,001 yards and 42 touchdowns, averaging just over 100 yards per game. Yes, he is used as a ‘workhorse’ running back, but averaging 5.26 yards per carry, there is clearly a lot of talent there in his running.
It is rare that Lehigh use him in the passing game, which shows as he is averaging 1 reception per game. When he is used though, he is effective – reflected in his 594 receiving yards for 6 touchdowns, averaging out at 14.49 yards per reception.
I included Dominick in my ‘FCS Seniors to watch going into this year’s draft’.
I got the chance to speak with Dominick and find out more about him and his life in football.
So Dominick, tell me a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?
“I am from Williamsport, PA, home of the Little League World Series. I have 3 sisters. Growing up I played baseball until sophomore year of high school.”
What made you choose Lehigh?
“I chose Lehigh because of the great education, great tradition and the strong relationships between the players. I was also given the opportunity to start as a freshman, which was important to me because I just wanted to be able to play football.”
How old were you when you started playing football?
“I started playing football in eighth grade. As a kid I grew up playing baseball but all of my friends played football and they told me to give it a try, so I did. After a few seasons of learning the sport, I fell in love with it and never looked back.”
Growing up, did you always want to be a football player?
“I did not always want to be a football player. It was just baseball growing up, but once I committed myself to football, I have always had the goal of playing professional football.”
You earned a lot of praise in your time at Lehigh. What would you say is the highlight of your college career?
“Winning Patriot League titles twice as well as breaking the rushing records for Lehigh.”
What is your proudest achievement off the field?
“Perfect attendance in one year in school.”
What aspects of your game do you think help you succeed the most?
“My work ethic, power, strength, and speed.”
Are there any NFL players that you watch and try to model yourself on?
“Marshawn Lynch. He’s a strong, powerful back who runs through people.”
On a similar note, who would you say is the best player you have ever played alongside?
“Our current quarterback, Brad Mayes.”
What would you say makes you stand out among other running backs?
“My size, strength, and speed. I believe it is hard to find a 230lb running back with the same strength and speed that I have.”
Is there any specific team in the NFL you are hoping to be drafted to?
“I would love to be drafted by any team.”
Final question, what do you want our readers to know about Dominick Bragalone if they can take one thing from this interview?
“I am a hard worker with a huge chip on my shoulder. Whenever someone tells me I can’t or won’t do something, I try to prove them wrong. All my life people have said I wouldn’t do certain things. And so far, I’ve proved them wrong.”
I have absolutely no doubt that this guy has a lot of talent and I am really hoping he gets his name called in next year’s draft. Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter @D_B_III_32 (and while you are there, give me a follow @DFF_JamesH)
He is definitely one to keep an eye on over the next year or so!
Thanks for reading.