Samperi is a placekicker for the Bulldogs, and he is also in charge of kickoffs for his team. He hopes to find a similar role at a new school.
In his junior season, 2019, Samperi played well, earning several accolades on the year, such as All-NEC Second Team place kicker … Becomes second kicker (Gavin Rowley) to earn All-NEC honors … Finished 11-of-14 in field goals and 20-of-22 in PATs … Led NEC kickers in field goal percentage … Tied Bryant single-season record for field goals … Made two field goals in three games … Kicked a 50-yard field goal against Duquesne to become just the second kicker in program history to make a 50-yarder … Made eight-straight field goals at one point … 2-for-2 in field goals against Long Island … 2-for-2 in field goals against Robert Morris … 2-for-3 in field goals against Duquesne, per Bryant University website.
Standing at 6’1, 205 pounds, Samperi is not your average run-of-the-mill kicker, as he has great size to play football and be effective on kickoffs in making tackles.
Samperi and the rest of the Bulldogs have five games scheduled to begin at the end of February and extend through the end of March.
Samperi is no stranger to hard-work and earning everything that he has received in his career with the Bulldogs.
“I started out as a soccer player,” Samperi said. “I decided I wanted to walk-on as a kicker for the football team, and then I became the starter, and eventually was put on scholarship. I always put in extra work and I push myself to be better each and every day, which has gotten me to be where I am now!”
That work ethic started Samperi as a walk-on, and eventually led him to be an All-NEC player. What a journey!
“I attribute that to my strong leg, combined with my attention to detail,” Samperi said. “I also have the mental toughness to make me a great kicker, because I welcome pressure and competition!”
It will certainly be interesting to see what school is able to grab up this dynamic placekicker!