by Daniel Fappiano
On the football field, Cameron and Carlton Nash are known for making flashy plays and have been crucial to the Blue Devils’ six game winning streak. However, it is their bond off the field and the journey it took to get here that tells the true story behind the Nash brothers.
In 2013, both Cameron and Carlton Nash were enrolled at West Virginia University. Both had successful high school careers and were looking to continue that success at the Division I level, together.
However, while the dream was alive, neither saw much time on the playing field. Carlton appeared in six games with the Mountaineers mainly on special teams, whereas Cameron never saw the field, redshirting the 2013 season.
Both still had the same dreams of playing D-1 football with each other, but knew they needed a change. That change came in the form of Central Connecticut State University. After transferring in 2014, both Cameron and Carlton currently start, and shine for the Blue Devil football team.
Cameron has turned himself into one of the best running backs in the country. On the season, he has rushed 152 times for 773 yards and 10 touchdowns. He holds the third most rushing yards in the Northeast Conference and the 20th most in all of the Football Championship Subdivision. Nash also leads the NEC and is tied for 10th in the FCS with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Nash remains grateful of the opportunity Head Coach Peter Rossomando gave him. “I wanted to come somewhere where I knew I could get an opportunity… I wanted to go somewhere where I knew I could trust people. I know I can play, I could’ve played there, but I’m playing here. It’s all about trust and I’m glad I made that decision. Me and my brother made the decision together; we came here with one goal in mind, to win a championship.”
Carlton has been a key focal point in the Blue Devils’ secondary. On the year, he’s made 24 tackles and has forced one fumble. He was crucial during CCSU’s big win over St. Francis, racking up a team-high seven tackles and forcing a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
Like his brother, Carlton still cherishes the opportunity he’s had to be a Blue Devil. “Coach Rossomando and his staff gave me and my brother an opportunity to come here and contribute and that’s why I came. I knew we’d have an opportunity to play and help change this program around. I’m really happy with my team and for me and my brother to come here and contribute big to helping change this program around; hopefully we can finish the season off strong.
Cameron and Carlton know how important it is they succeed on the field. As seniors, they only have one more opportunity to win the championship. But they know that that championship would mean nothing if they couldn’t win it with their brother.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Cam said about the opportunity to play D-1 football with his brother. “We’ve been roommates every year I’ve been in college, we do everything together, and it’s very special to me. I got to enjoy all these moments, they’re memories for life.”
After playing their senior seasons at different high schools and not being able to see the field together at West Virginia, Carlton relishes just how great it is to play football with his brother. “It means everything. Not a lot of people can play with their brother, especially at a Division I level. It means everything, he helps me out, when he’s on offense I’m looking at things he can do better, when I’m on defense he’s looking at things I can do better. It helps a lot, you’re always in each other’s ear, we hold each other accountable.”
Cameron and Carlton are in the midst of CCSU’s best season since 2010 and will have an opportunity to win the NEC championship against Duquesne. They’ve been crucial to the Blue Devils’ success and it’s hard seeing the team in this position without them.
However championship or not, soon the Nash’s college careers will come to an end. But even though they’ll no longer be Blue Devils, they’ll always be family. They’ll always remember the time they had on the field and the opportunity to play D-1 football.
“Football is Family” is a metaphor commonly used by coaches around the league. For Cameron and Carlton Nash that mantra holds true, on the gridiron, and in life.