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PSU linebacker honored by National Football Foundation

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the linebackers on the Plymouth State University football team was recently recognized with a prestigious honor from the National Football Foundation.

Senior Ryan Puck (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) was inducted into the inaugural class of the National Football Foundation's National Honor Society, "in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and on the playing field."

Puck (right) was one of 348 players from 195 schools in all Divisions of the NCAA to receive the prestigious honor. The announcement was made by Steven J. Hatchell, President and Chief Executive Office of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.

"For 60 years, the NFF has honored the best and the brightest that intercollegiate football has to offer," said Hatchell. "This exciting new initiative allows us to honor scholar-athletes more than ever before. The National Football Foundation congratulates the student-athletes, athletic department staff, the coaches and academic advisors all of whom work together to make sure that these scholar-athletes have the ability to excel at the highest levels."

Puck was a four-year member and three-year starter on the PSU football team, playing linebacker the past two seasons. He tied for sixth on the team last year with 32 tackles, recording 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a pass break-up. He finished his career with 144 tackles (111 solo), eight tackles-for-loss, five pass break-ups, one interception and two forced fumbles.

A Dean's List student as a physical education major, Puck also works with a charity that brings toys to children in hospitals. He received the team's Panther Award the past two years, which goes to the individual who best represents the PSU football team on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

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