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September 29, 2008

PSU Football players named to NEFC Weekly Honor Roll

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University football team were recognized Monday with selection to the New England Football Conference Weekly Honor Roll.

            Senior tailback Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H./Milford) and sophomore defensive back Zach Parsons (Florence, Mass./Northampton) were PSU's representatives on this week's list.  They were key players in the Panthers' 30-10 win over UMass Dartmouth last Saturday in the NEFC Boyd Division opener at Currier Field.  It is the third such honor in four weeks for Mack and the first of the season for Parsons.

            A 5'11", 215-pound back, Mack (right) rushed for career-high 218 yards on 34 carries (6.4 avg.) with one TD against the Corsairs.  He scored the first touchdown of the day on a nine-yard run in the first quarter.  Mack led PSU, which ran the ball on 70 of 72 plays from scrimmage and gained 415 of its 427 yards on the ground. It was the most yards rushing in a game for Mack since he ran for 207 yards against Salve Regina in last year's regular season finale.

            Mack, who is third in the NEFC in rushing with an average of 160 yards per game, is also moving up on PSU's all-time rushing list.  He has 2,805 yards to rank third on the list, and has hopes of catching Russ Massahos, who is second all-time with 3,276 yards from 1998-01.

            A 5'11", 170-pound safety, Parsons (left) finished with a team-high seven tackles (six solo) and added an interception (8-yard return) in the Panther win over UMD. He led a PSU defense which held the Corsairs to 280 yards and 10 points, 141 yards and 25 points below their average. His INT, which came on UMD's first possession, thwarted a Corsair drive at the Panther goal line.

            Parsons shares the NEFC lead with two other players with three interceptions on the season.  A starter in every game this fall, he is sixth on the team in tackles with 19.

            The Panthers continue NEFC Boyd Division play this Saturday, hosting Western New England College at Currier Field (1:00 p.m.)  PSU has won nine straight home games, including a pair this season and all six last year. 

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