BY Jim Fenton
There was, however, a bit more adaptation required for Meyer than the typical first-year college student.
Coming from Ventura, Calif., located 45 minutes north of Los Angeles, Meyer had to get used to not only being so far from home but the unique New England weather.
"I was very homesick my freshman year,'' said the Skyhawks senior quarterback. "I'd talk to my mom (Loretta) every day for about the whole semester. I finally got comfortable moving into second semester after going through a whole football season and getting close to all the guys.''
Getting used to the weather took some time for a kid from California where shorts and sandals are worn on a regular basis.
"When I came freshman year, there was no snow up until December when I was home (for the semester break),'' said Meyer. "I came back to school Jan. 16, and the school was different. I didn't recognize it.
"There was snow everywhere, snow piles were piled up. You couldn't even see the first floor at O'Hara (Hall) where I was living. I was just amazed by it. It took me a month and a half to get used to it. I had to get new (warm) clothes.''
Eventually, Meyer settled in at Stonehill and he wound up developing into a record-breaking quarterback for the Skyhawks.
Meyer is Stonehill's all-time career leader in touchdown passes (61), yards (6,810), yards per game (212.8), completions (536) and attempts (1,011).
He set single-season records with 166 completions and 2,215 yards last year and 25 TD passes this fall.
A long way from home, Meyer has left his mark on the Stonehill football program.
He has helped the Skyhawks (8-2) reach the Northeast-10 Conference championship game on Saturday afternoon in Springfield against American International College.
Meyer, who hurt his shoulder on Nov. 2 in a win over Pace and sat out last week's game against Merrimack College, is planning to play as Stonehill bids for a spot in the NCAA Division 2 tournament.
"It would have been hard (not to play),'' said Meyer. "It was hard last week. I'm not used to being on the sidelines. I just did whatever I could to help (backup) Joe (Della Vecchia) and make him feel comfortable.''
Meyer made his first career start at AIC as a freshman on Sept. 18, 2010, one of six games he started that first year. He threw for 946 yards and five TDs, then had 1,500 yards and 11 TDs as a sophomore, missing four games with an injury.
Last season, Meyer averaged 246.1 yards passing per game and had 20 TD passes, and this season, he is 158-for-314 for 2,144 yards and 25 TDs.
"It's gone way better than I ever thought,'' said Meyer. "I never saw myself ever attainting anything like this here. I'm happy with what I've accomplished.
"I never really think about that stuff. But when it happens, it happens, so it's pretty cool to look back on it and see everything that's been accomplished.''
After winning a California championship at Saint Bonaventure High, Meyer and some of his teammates were recruited by Stonehill. Classmate Tim Bennett, a defensive back, and junior defensive end Eric Schneider are also playing for the Skyhawks.
"I had actually heard of Stonehill,'' said Meyer, one of nine children. "My mom's really good friend who she played college basketball with (at Hawaii) is from Lowell, and she always talked about Stonehill and how her son said Stonehill was a dream school for him and he's actually here now as a sophomore.
"I did my research on Stonehill before I made the decision to come to school here. Set aside football, I wanted to get a good education and this was the place.''
Meyer, whose brother Luke is an offensive lineman at San Diego State, is closing in on his degree and has put together a sensational football career, capping it off in style this season.
"I think the work I've done in the offseason really helped,'' he said. "As soon as I went home last summer, I joined a cross fit gym. I had to drop some weight. I wasn't as fast as I needed to be.
"My preparation, mental and physically, has really helped our team out.''