Phil Terio from Trumbull and his Salve Regina University teammates can’t play much better than they did 2012, but the Seahawks finished one win shy of winning a New England Football Conference championship.

The Seahawks open the 2013 season at home against Bridgewater State on Sept. 7, and Terio will bring his competitive nature on to Gaudet Field.

Terio was a BSN All-American, as well as a D3football.com All-American as both a cornerback and return specialist, for the Seahawks in 2012, when he set the NCAA Division III record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown (4) and tied the touchdown return record (6).

This year, Terio has been named to the Lindy’s College Football Preseason All-America second team, and the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) All-American first team.

At 5-8, 170 pounds, Terio took advantage of his hard work to earn a starting spot as a sophomore, where he was both NEFC defensive player and special teams player of the year as a kick returner.

Terio finished the Seahawks’ 9-1 campaign with seven interceptions, 51 tackles and both a punt return and a kickoff return for touchdowns.