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Panther Football player named ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the co-captains on the Plymouth State University football team has been honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for his outstanding performance in a Panther victory last Saturday.

Senior defensive end Pat Quinlan (Saugus, Mass.) was selected ECAC Division III Northeast Co-Defensive Player of the Week, along with Middlebury DB Scott Secor. Quinlan was also named to the D3football.com "Team of the Week" after his efforts in PSU's 21-19 victory at Husson College three days ago.

A 6-0, 210-pound co-captain, Quinlan (left) finished with five tackles (all unassisted) and two blocked extra points to help PSU defeat Husson. He blocked the PAT conversion attempts after each of Husson's first two TDs, and that ended up being the difference in the two-point game.

A four-year veteran and two-year starter, Quinlan is seventh on the team in tackles this season with 26. He is second in tackles for loss with six, and he has also collected one sack, one pass break-up and one fumble recovery.

Quinlan is a second generation Plymouth State football player. His father, Fred, was a standout for the Panthers in the mid 1970s and also is a former Plymouth State assistant coach.


This week's recognition marks the fifth time this season that a PSU player has received weekly honors from the ECAC. Freshman DB Kynan Mello (Beverly, Mass.) was named to the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll following PSU's 14-7 win over UMass Dartmouth on Sept. 10; junior DT Jeff Ethier (North Attleboro, Mass.) and junior TB Kyle Clark (Bradford, N.H.) were both honored following PSU's 31-8 victory over Becker on Oct. 8, Ethier as Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Clark on the Weekly Honor Roll; and junior DB Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) was named Defensive Player of the Week after PSU's 33-13 loss to Springfield on Oct. 15.

The Panthers, 3-5 overall, make its final road trip of the season this Saturday for a non-conference encounter at Buffalo State College (1:00 p.m.)

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