University of Maine defensive backs coach Joe Harasymiak talks about 2010 Howland High School graduate Mike Mangiarelli in glowing terms.
However, there's one recurring theme that comes up quite often - versatility.
"If he was in Madden, his versatility grade would be a 99 - the highest you could get," Harasymiak said. "He makes it easy on the coaches to trust him with a lot of different things. That's a big part of why we've been very successful this year. We put a lot on his plate."
Mangiarelli, a 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back for the Bears (10-2), who play Colonial Athletic Conference rival New Hampshire (8-4) in Saturday's second round of the FCS Playoffs, said Harasymiak always puts him in the right position on the field.
"He's very detailed," Mangiarelli said. "He's one of the most prepared coaches in the country, to be honest. I would say he's 99 percent right of what situation is going to come up during a game. Team has a big play, he tells us what play is going to come. We're always prepared."
Maine is hosting its first-ever playoff game, starting at 2 p.m.
"I talked to a lot of students in my class," Mangiarelli said. "They're excited because they get to be part of history at the school. A lot of people said they're going to come out and support. I think campus is doing a great job of promoting the game.
"I think the atmosphere is really high right now."
The Bears, who are 3-6 in the postseason, know they are fortunate to be in the FCS playoffs.
"There's a lot of teams that love to be in the situation we are in right now, that we're very fortunate to be in it," Mangiarelli said.
Then again, Mangiarelli is happy to be on the field.
"I think being healthy and playing," he said. "It's my favorite thing about this year. The last couple of years I've been banged up and hurt. When I get on the field, I'll play multiple positions."
He's played safety, nickel and corner for the Bears.
"His mental capacity in the back end has really been a key for us," Harasymiak said. "By him being able to stay healthy, you finally can see what the kid can do. He's played some key spots for us. He's started for us in a couple of games.
"In the beginning of the year he wasn't starting. Then, halfway through the year, we started him because he was playing better than one of the guys in front of him."
As for Mangiarelli's special teams play, Harasymiak speaks highly of the Maine junior.
"He plays on pretty much every special teams," Harasymiak said. "His play at gunner this year on punts has been exceptional. He's been pretty much unblockable. He's got there. He's caused a lot of fair catches. He's making the returners feeling uncomfortable by being right on top of them. He's been doing a great job on that part of the game as well."
Mangiarelli has been a great utility player and key component for Maine's run to the postseason.
"The greatest part of Mike is he's very coachable and he trusts what you're telling him," Harasymiak said. "He plays a great technique all the time. That's something sometimes as a coach that can get very frustrating with some guys that don't do that. Not with Mike. He's very coachable. He's very respectful. He's a great kid. He puts out a great example for a lot of the younger guys.
"His versatility is key for us in terms of what we ask him to do every Saturday."