PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The top running back on the Plymouth State University football team has been honored for his performance during the 2007 season with his selection to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team.
Senior running back Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H./Milford) was voted All-New England by the Football Writers group. The All-Star Team includes 28 players from 19 different New England teams in Divisions II and III. Mack is one of nine selections from the New England Football Conference.
Mack (right) is one of three running backs named to the team, along with sophomores Jarom Freeman of Southern Connecticut State University and Marlon Thornton of Fitchburg State College.
A 5'11", 208-pound back, Mack finished second in the NEFC in rushing with 1,171 yards on 213 carries (5.5 avg.), and fourth in the league in scoring with 12 touchdowns. He was named to the NEFC weekly honor roll four times this season, and became just the ninth back in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.
Mack, who has a year of eligibility remaining, has also moved up to sixth on PSU's career rushing list with 1,983 yards on 397 carries (5.0 avg.) with 21 touchdowns.
The Panthers, who completed the regular season at 8-1 overall, are hosting Bridgewater State College (6-3) this Saturday in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl at Currier Field (12:00 p.m.)
Bentley College leads the All-New England team with three selections. NCAA Division II Championship tournament participant and Northeast -10 champion Bryant University, NEFC champion Curry College, Merrimack College, NEFC runner-up Coast Guard Academy, Trinity College, Southern Connecticut, and Westfield State College each placed two players on the team. Also placing players on the squad were American International College, Assumption College, Endicott College, Fitchburg State College, Husson College, Middlebury College, Plymouth State, Springfield College, Western Connecticut State University, Williams College, and WPI.
The Division II Northeast 10 had 11 players selected while from Division III the New England Football Conference had nine selections. The New England Small College Athletic Conference had four representatives.
The team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Banquet on Thursday, December 13 at Casa di Fiore in Wilmington. People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley College at 781-891-2334.
2007 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team
Sr. Assumption College
D.J.Lanz Sr. Trinity College
Kevin Marchant Sr. Western Connecticut State University
Scott Miller Sr. Bentley College
Tom Pinto Sr. Curry College
Linebackers Tom Caporale Jr. Springfield College
Jay Fielding Jr. Westfield State College
Terrence Holley So. American International College
Eric Woodring Sr. Middlebury College
Defensive Backs Jared Boyd Sr. Trinity College
Pego Jean-Paul Sr. Endicott College
Marcus Lindsey Sr. Bryant University
Paul Tetzel Sr. Bentley College
Quarterback Steve Armstrong Jr. Southern Connecticut State University
Running Back Jarom Freeman So. Southern Connecticut State University
Jeff Mack Sr. Plymouth State University
Marlon Thornton So. Fitchburg State College
Wide Receivers Chris Latham Jr. Merrimack College
Scott McIntyre Sr. Westfield State College
Tight End Mike Butler Sr. WPI
Offensive Line Matt Benson Sr. Husson College
Mackenzie Bernadeau Sr. Bentley College
Nick Hartman Sr. U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Ralph Squitierri Sr. Bryant University
John Szawlowski Jr. Williams College
Kicker David Vincent Sr. Curry College
Punter Jesse Harms Sr. U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Return Specialist Andrew Jackson Jr. Merrimack College
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