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Miramichi, N.B., running back Jared MacDonald brings bruising style to Hurricanes backfield

Jared MacDonald will play football and study in the welding fabrication program at Holland College this fall.
Jared MacDonald will play football and study in the welding fabrication program at Holland College this fall. - Contributed

Jared MacDonald is looking to turn yards into first downs and first downs into touchdowns this season for the Holland College Hurricanes.

The Calgary native comes to the college after being the MVP of the James M Hill Memorial High School squad in Miramichi, N.B., in 2016 and 2017.

“I feel that I am a versatile player,” he said. “I’m equally comfortable in the offensive or defensive backfield and I can bring a physical, bruising style of play that I feel matches what the Hurricanes are looking for.”

The six-foot-two, 205-pound MacDonald was named a New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association all-star in 2016 and 2017. He is looking to make an impact in his first-year with the Hurricanes, while bringing a positive attitude to the squad.

“I’m willing to do what it takes, on and off the field, to help the Hurricanes win. That begins in the locker room with teamwork, unity and positive attitudes.”

MacDonald is enrolling in the welding fabrication program at Holland College.

“I was attracted to the culture and lifestyle of P.E.I., it’s very similar to my hometown,” he said.
“The football team has a very welcoming and positive atmosphere. They helped me feel like I can be a part of something bigger than myself as an individual.”

Hurricanes head coach Steve Letner is excited to add MacDonald to the roster. 
“We were lucky to find him as he jumped off the page when we evaluated him at our Miramichi camp in March,” he said. “Then, after coming to our spring identification camp in April, he made a great impression on our entire coaching staff. We see him making an immediate impact for us this season.”

The Hurricanes begin their Atlantic Football League regular season on Saturday, Sept. 14, when they visit the UNB Red Bombers in Fredericton, N.B., at 7 p.m. The team’s first home game will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. when they host the UNBSJ Seawolves.

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