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NEFC Weekly honors for PSU Football Players

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University football players received weekly conference recognition Monday for their performances in a Panther victory last week in final game of the regular season.

            Seniors Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H./Milford) and Jeff Ethier (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) were both named to the New England Football Conference Weekly Honor Roll.  Mack was recognized for the second straight week and fourth time this season, while Ethier made his first appearance of the season on the weekly list.

            A 5'11", 208-pound running back, Mack (right) rushed for a career-high 207 yards on 36 carries (5.8 average) and two touchdowns last Sunday to lead PSU past Salve Regina, 21-0. He scored both of his TDs in the final 5:04 of the second quarter to help break open a close game. After his two-yard plunge gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 5:18 on the second-quarter clock, he capped a six-play, 87-yard drive with his second score, a three-yard run with just 56 seconds left in the half.

            Mack, whose previous single-game high was 190 yards last week against MIT, went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season, the ninth back in school history to reach the milestone.  He now has 1,171 yards on 213 carries (5.5 avg.) and 12 touchdowns.  Mack, who has a year of eligibility remaining, also improved his career totals to 1,983 yards on 397 carries (5.0 avg.) and 21 TDs, which ranks sixth on PSU's career rushing list.

            A 6'1", 240-pound linebacker and co-captain, Ethier (left) led a Panther defense that recorded its second straight shutout and third of the season.  He made six unassisted tackles, including one in the Salve backfield for a loss of two yards.  Ethier helped the Panthers limit Salve to 155 yards on 49 plays.

            A First Team All-NEFC Boyd Division pick a year ago as a defensive lineman, Ethier moved to linebacker this season. He leads the team in tackles with 46 (including 20 solo stops), and has made a team-high eight tackles in the opponents' backfield.

            PSU completed the regular season at 8-1 overall and in second place in the NEFC Boyd Division with a 6-1 mark.  PSU is awaiting a possible ECAC post-season berth, its first since 1999, but must wait until Monday, Nov. 12, for the announcement.

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