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November 14, 2006

Six PSU football players named to NEFC Boyd Division All-Star Team

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Six members of the Plymouth State University football team were honored Tuesday with their selection to the New England Football Conference Boyd Division All-Star Team, as voted by the league's head coaches.

Senior right tackle Joe Fellini (Walpole, Mass.) was the top honoree from Plymouth State, earning NEFC All-Boyd Division First Team honors as well as Boyd Division Offensive Lineman of the Year. Fellini was joined on the All-Boyd Division First Team by senior safety Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central) and junior defensive lineman Jeff Ethier (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan).

Three other Panthers earned All-Boyd Division Second Team honors - senior linebacker Tim Butler (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), junior wide receiver Drew Richardson (Newburgh, Maine/Hampden Academy) and sophomore defensive lineman Justin Jarvis (Surry, N.H./Monadnock).

A 6'0", 263-pound right tackle, Fellini (right) was the anchor of PSU's powerful offensive line. A four-year starter and two-year captain, he led a Panther offense that was one of five of the 16 teams in the NEFC to average more than 200 rushing yards per game (201.2) this fall. Fellini was one of the primary reasons that PSU ran the ball of 442 of its 598 plays from scrimmage this season.

A 5'9", 189-pound safety, Fallon (below, far left) capped off a terrific career this season. A four-year starter and two-year captain, he finished second on the team with 53 tackles after leading the team the past three seasons. A 2006 Football Gazette Pre-Season All-America, Fallon also recorded one interception and six pass break-ups. Fallon's career started with the Freedom Football Conference Rookie of the Year in 2003, and concludes with 279 tackles, five interceptions, six fumble recoveries, and 17 pass break-ups.

A 6'1", 244-pound tackle, Ethier (left) backboned the Panther defensive interior, and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 37 (30 solo stops). A co-captain, he had four tackles for loss and two sacks while also blocking a kick. He also had a standout season in 2005, making 56 tackles and five sacks.

A 6'0", 196-pound linebacker, Butler (below left) was the leader of a strong group of PSU linebackers. He was third on the team with 40 tackles (30 solo), while also collecting a sack, a pass break-up and a forced fumble. Butler had one interception, which he returned 29 yards for a touchdown in a win over UMass Dartmouth. Butler was also First Team All-Little East Conference in men's lacrosse in 2006.

A 5'7", 238-pound defensive tackle, Jarvis (below, center) was a key player in the middle of the Panther defensive line. He finished with 13 tackles, including two sacks, and a forced fumble. He provided a strong pass rush and pressured opposing quarterbacks.

A 6'1", 188-pound wideout, Richardson (far right) led the Panther receiving unit with 29 catches, 339 yards (11.7 avg.) and two touchdowns. He caught 29 of PSU's 71 pass completions, more than double the catches of the next two Panther receivers. Richardson has improved each season, having finished with one catch for five yards in 2004 and 18 receptions for 220 yards in 2005.

The Panthers wrapped up the season with a 4-5 overall record, and finished tied for third in the Boyd Division of the NEFC, with PSU, Nichols and UMass Dartmouth all with 4-3 divisional marks.

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