Former Franklin County Seahawk quarterback Dalin Modican has made quite a name for himself so far this season playing college football.
After a year at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, during which he did not play football, the 2011 FCHS grad, who played for coach Josh Wright, took the field this year as a red-shirted freshman for Florida Tech, in Melbourne. The Panthers are a newly instituted Division II program, and a member of the Gulf South Conference.
Modican, a 180-pound, 5’11” wide receiver, has played in 11 of the team’s 12 regular season games, and is fourth on the list of pass receivers. He caught 28 tosses, for 227 yards, an average of just over eight yards per catch, and nearly 21 yards per game.
In the team’s 55-28 loss to North Alabama at home Nov. 9, Modican caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bobby Vega to complete a nine-play, 65-yard drive that closed the gap to 34-21 with about 11 minutes left in the third quarter.
Modican, son of Kenny Wilson and Claudine Kellogg-Wilson, of Apalachicola, had one of his best games of the season against North Alabama, snaring seven passes for 60 yards.
Modican’s season has been one of steady gains as a receiver. In his first game, a 23-19 loss at Newberry Sept. 12, he had one reception for eight yards. And then, a week later, in the team’s 45-3 loss at home against 16th-ranked West Alabama, he snared a pair of receptions, a two-yarder and a six-yarder.
Modican continued to boost his performance, when on Sept. 28 against Delta State in Cleveland, Miss, he caught two passes for 26 yards, a 19-yarder and a seven-yarder.
He didn’t figure into the box score in the team’s 52-14 loss Oct. 5 against top-ranked Valdosta State, but he was in the middle of the action a week later in the team’s narrow 45-41 loss against Ave Maria. In that game, Modican had three receptions for 32 yards – for 5, 8 and 19 yards, and each for a first down.
Modican caught three passes for 14 yards in Florida Tech’s 28-24 win against Shorter Oct. 19. The passes were for five yards, six yards and first down, and three yards.
On Oct. 26, Florida Tech downed Warner 37-3, and Modican snared one reception from Vega for five yards and a first down into Warner territory at the 48-yard line.
A week later, in the Panthers’ 28-14 loss to West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga, Modican pulled down four passes for 22 yards.
On Nov. 16, in the team’s 17-3 win at home against Webber International, Modican caught two consecutive 13-yard passes in the first quarter, both for first downs.
On Nov. 23, when Florida Tech downed Alderson Broaddus 32-20 in an away game in Philippi, W.Va., Modican caught three passes for 26 yards, the longest a 14-yarder. Midway through the third quarter, Modican was stopped on a two-point conversion run try.
Modican is majoring in business administration. While at FCHS, he caught the school’s first passing touchdown and had the first interception in school history. He forced 10 fumbles in one year as a defensive back, and was twice selected All-Big Bend First Team as a defensive back. Modican also helped the basketball team, coached by Fred Drake, advance to the Class A final four and was a Gulf Coast All-Star.