Editor's Note: Terrence Fede completed his final season with the Marist football team in 2013. The PFL Defensive Player of the Year and Marist's single-season and career record holder for sacks, Fede is being viewed as an NFL Draft prospect. GoRedFoxes.com will be checking in with Fede on his preparations for the draft, which will take place from May 8-10.
With the NFL Draft a little over a month away, Marist alum Terrence Fede has been on a quest to be the first football player ever drafted out of Marist College.
After his best season at Marist, he was named Pioneer Defensive Player of the Year and honored on five different FCS All-American teams after leading the nation in sacks (13) and registering 18 tackles for loss and 59 total tackles. He now owns Marist records for career sacks (30.5) and most sacks in a season (13). Because of his efforts, Fede finished sixth nationally in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is awarded to the best defensive player in the FCS.
Since the end of the 2013 season, Fede has been training hard at Test Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J., along with other Division I athletes such as former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, LSU fullback J.C. Copeland, and Auburn cornerback Chris Davis to name a few, who are all representatives of JL sports, an agency which also represents Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco. Fede signed with JL Sports’ Tom Kleine.
While training at the academy, Fede has participated in two different Pro Days. The first was Buffalo’s Pro Day on March 3 where he competed alongside projected high first-round pick pick Khalil Mack in front of scouts representing all 32 NFL teams. At 6’4” and 278 pounds, Fede ran a mid 4.7 40-yard dash, put up 25 reps at the bench, a 9’11” broad jump, a 7.02 3-cone and a low 4.4 in the shuttle, according to optimumscouting.com. These numbers have surprised scouts and according to many NFL experts, has made Fede a late-round draft pick or a “priority” free-agent signee. In his second Pro Day on March 13 at Marist, Fede produced similar numbers while running a bit faster in the 40-yard dash.
“I want to make history,” said Fede. “I want to be the first player drafted out of Marist College.”
Fede remains very optimistic in his hopes of achieving this goal, and on April 10, he is scheduled to do a workout for the New York Giants. Fede is a life-long fan of the New York Giants and believes that he can impress scouts with his versatility, which according to Fede is a mix of some of his favorite players such as Jason Pierre-Paul, Aldon Smith, DeMarcus Ware, and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
If all goes well, Fede could be the first player drafted out of Marist and second player from Marist to sign a NFL contract following alum Michael Rios, who signed a rookie free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted in 2013. Rios suffered a foot injury that caused him to be waived in July, but he signed a one-year free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.
“I just hope that this opportunity opens doors for my other teammates,” said Fede. “I’ve played with some great players and there are some who will make a name for themselves in the next season or two. If getting drafted can help them, I will do whatever it takes to make it happen.”
This year’s NFL Draft takes place from May 8-10.