Jeffrey Covitz ’15: DI football program breeds success
Jeffrey Covitz is a football force to be reckoned with: The team captain in ’13 and ’14 was the First Team All-Northeast Conference at Defensive End, All-New England Selection at Defensive End and Bryant’s Football Defensive Player of the Year in ’12, ’13 and ’14. In ’14, he was named Associated Press All-American, 3rd Team Defensive Line and received Bryant’s Black and Gold Award, the highest honor for the University’s football program. The all-time sacks leader in Bryant and Northeast Conference history (29.5), Covitz also started every game in ’12, ’13 and ’14.
Covitz was deeply impressed by the program’s focus on winning with respect, tradition, and honor
As a high school senior, Covitz captained the football and baseball teams. “I wanted to play a competitive Division I sport coming out of high school and Bryant was the right fit,” says Covitz. Recruited to play football, Covitz was deeply impressed by the Bryant program’s focus on winning with respect, tradition, and honor.
Twice named to the Dean’s List, Covitz credits Professors Harsh Luthar and Shirley Wilson and Lecturers David Greenan and John Poirier with fueling his passion for management.
Despite the intense demands of academics and Division I football, Covitz dove into co-curricular commitments as a volunteer for a bone marrow drive and Special Olympics, and as a member of Bryant’s Senior Advisory Council. And, as a junior, he and three other students created and hosted “Jock Talk,” a two-hour sports-themed weekly radio show.
In football and in academics, Covitz learned invaluable lessons. In persevering to fully understanding challenging math concepts, Covitz recognizes that support and guidance from Mathematics Lecturer Joseph Capalbo helped him eventually succeed.
Covitz notes that losses – especially those on Homecoming, Senior Day, or at a conference game – are especially painful. But “hard losses brought everyone closer together … and made us appreciate how preparation, focus, and attitude affect how we play as one team,” he says. “Losing kept [us] hungry to better ourselves and bounce back.”
The next step in realizing his dream of playing in the National Football League? Covitz is “going to the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted tryout free agent. The purpose of the rookie minicamp is to earn a spot on the team and show the team you can play. I am very excited for this opportunity!”