Mackenzy Bernadeau #74 OL
Height: 6-4 Weight: 328 Age: 31
Born: 1/3/1986 Waltham , MA
Experience: 9th season
High School: Waltham HS [MA]
Selected By: Carolina Panthers
Pick (Overall): 43 (250)
The two-time team captain came into his own midway through his junior year after the coaching staff moved him from the demanding left offensive tackle position to left guard. The change was rather significant. No longer having to deal with speedy edge rushers, he used his drive blocking skills to greatly improve his blocking consistency (graded 75 percent as a tackle, but had an 85 percent grade as a guard in 2006).
His banner senior campaign was sidetracked by a torn meniscus in his left knee during the sixth game of the 2007 season, but he made such an impression on opposing coaches that the AFCA awarded him with All-American honors. Now he hopes to become the first player in school history (began playing organized football in 1972) to play in the National Football League. In the program's 35-year history, only one player has even attended an NFL training camp (safety Ryan Ferguson was in New England's 2004 camp).
At Waltham High School, Bernadeau earned 2003 Daily News Tribune Player of the Year and team MVP honors while serving as squad captain. He played for former Bentley assistant coach Paul Mayberry that year and also participated in Shriners All-Star game. He added four letters in track and one in basketball, receiving the Unsung Hero Award for track and was that unit's team captain. He was the Greater Boston League champion in the discus and served as senior class vice president.
Bernadeau decided to stay close to home so his disabled mother and family could see him play without having to travel long distances. He took over left tackle duties as soon as he arrived on Bentley's campus as a freshman. He posted 58 knockdowns and six touchdown-resulting blocks, as the offense averaged 458.2 yards per game.
As a sophomore, Bernadeau earned first-team All-Northeast 10 Conference and All-Northeast Region honors. He again started all season at left tackle, collecting 61 knock-downs to help pave the way for the Falcons to average 440.7 yards per game.
Bernadeau was a New England Division II/III All-Star. He was also named All-Northeast 10 Conference first-team and Offensive Lineman of the Year. He started five games at left tackle and six at left guard, as the team managed just 262.5 yards per game.
As a senior, the AFCA awarded Bernadeau All-American honors. He also earned Northeast 10 Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year honors again. He graded 84.17 percent for blocking consistency and had 48 knockdowns in the six games he played before his knee injury sidelined him for the final four contests.