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FFC Weekly Honors for four Panthers

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Four players on the Plymouth State College football team were honored by the Freedom Football Conference following the Panthers' final game of the 2000 season.

Senior safety Jason Marcell (Stoughton, Mass.) highlighted the group, earning FFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. The other three - junior tight end John Walters (Wells, Maine), junior punter Bob Maylone (Manchester, N.H./Central) and freshman returnman Uriah Davis (Derry, N.H.) were all selected to the Weekly Honor Roll.

The four individuals were instrumental in helping PSC win its third straight contest, a 49-19 decision at home over WPI. It is the first FFC weekly honor this season for all four players.

A 6'3", 195-pound co-captain, Marcell completed his career in a Panther uniform with an outstanding performance. He registered two takeaways to set up a pair of PSC touchdowns, one on a fumble recovery and one on an interception, which he returned 27 yards. Marcell also collected five tackles, including a team-high four unassisted stops and one tackles for loss (-3 yards), and he capped the day by taking a fake punt and rushing 45 yards for a touchdown.

A 6'3", 220-pound junior, Walters reached career highs last Saturday with seven catches for 102 yards and one touchdown. His 33-yard TD reception midway through the second quarter gave PSC a 21-0 advantage. Walters finished the season as PSC's leading receiver (27 rec., 371 yds., 3 TDs) and one of the top pass catchers in the FFC, ranking eighth in receiving yards (37.1/game) and ninth in receptions (2.7/game).

A 6'0", 198-pound punter/cornerback, Maylone averaged 40.3 yards on his four punts, dropping two of the four inside the 20 yard line. He also connected on a season-high 57-yard boot, finishing the season with a 34.7 yard average, third-best in the FFC.

A 5'11", 175-pound freshman, Davis registered his first career kick return for a touchdown. He averaged 36.3 yards on his four kick returns, and his 85-yarder for a score halted WPI's momentum after the Engineers had overcome a 21-0 deficit and pulled to within 21-13. Davis finished the season with the leading kick-off return average in the conference (25.5 yds/return).

The Panthers completed the campaign with a 5-5 overall record under second-year head coach Chris Rorke. PSC finished in a three-way tied for third in the FFC (with Norwich and Kings Point), all at 3-3.