Modican shines in Florida Tech backfield

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM.

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.

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