As a collegian, Tarr has learned to be patient.
His freshman season at Bentley was derailed twice: he underwent hip surgery the spring of his senior year at Fenwick for a torn labrum, and then persevered through a scary heart infection (myocarditis) in the early fall, requiring a rush to the emergency room at Massachusetts General.
"I woke up in the middle of the night with severe chest pains -- I had been sick for a week -- and initially, [the doctors] thought I was having a heart attack," recalled Taggart.
The shifty 5-foot-10, 195-pound tailback emerged last season as a junior, pacing the Falcons in rushing while averaging a stellar 6.2 yards per carry as he became more acclimated to reading the team's zone blocking scheme.
"The difference between me now and when I came to Bentley is vision," said Tarr, who ran out of the I-formation at Fenwick.
"I had to develop patience that I didn't have early on. You can't be running full speed right away. You have to read the zone blocks. One day it clicked."
Tarr was certainly clicking in last Friday's Northeast-10 matchup at archrival Stonehill, pounding out a career-high 170 yard on just 16 carries -- the program's best rushing performance since Andy Breda (171) in 2003 -- as the Falcons rolled to a 31-12 victory.
On Wednesday, the Byfield resident was at Harvard's Dillon Fieldhouse to pick up this week's Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's Division 2-3 Gold Helmet at New England Football Writers luncheon. Brown senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero earned Division 1 honors.
"We're averaging 170 yards rushing per game this season, and it's largely due to Bobby Tarr," said Bentley coach Thom Boerman. "He's been an excellent addition to our football program."
Amazingly, Tarr did not score a touchdown against Stonehill, but finished with 212 all-purpose yards.
Bentley churned out three 90-plus yard drives, and Tarr was a key cog in all three, including a 78-yard scamper -- the longest in program history -- on the first series. He also hauled in a 38-yard catch on a 91-yard march midway through the first half.
Just 1 yard shy of 1,000 for his caree entering tomorrow night's game against visiting Saint Anselm, Tarr is averaging 83.3 yards rushing per game, and 6.9 yards per carry, for the 2-1 Falcons.
Sidelined for the final seven games last season with a broken wrist, Newhall-Caballero directing the Bears to a 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Stony Brook, completing 22 of his 37 passing attempts for 292 yards and three touchdowns.
With Brown trailing 20-14 late in the fourth quarter, Newhall-Caballero engineered a 57-yard scoring rive, capped by a 12-yard scoring pass to Tellef Lundevall with 3:06 left.
The Bears (1-0) travel to Harvard (0-1) on Friday night.
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