PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University football team were recognized Monday with weekly honors from the New England Football Conference.
After being named to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll three times in the past four weeks, senior tailback Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H./Milford) was selected NEFC Offensive Player of the Week after another outstanding performance on Saturday in PSU's 40-20 win over Western New England College. In addition, sophomore Steve Campbell (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin), who plays offense, defense and special teams for the Panthers, was named to the NEFC Weekly Honor Roll.
A 5'11", 215-pound back, Mack (right) rushed for 197 yards on 19 carries (10.4 avg.) with four touchdowns (10, 5, 17 and career-long 66 yards), all coming in the first half. He scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game and three TDs in the first quarter as PSU took a 21-0 lead. He added a 66-yard TD rush, the longest run of his career, with a minute to go in the second quarter. With PSU holding a big lead, Mack spent the second half on the Panther bench.
Mack, who is second in the NEFC in rushing with an average of 167 yards per game, also became the third player in school history to go over the 3,000-yard mark for his career, eclipsing the milestone on Saturday. He now has 3,003 yards on 550 carries (5.5 avg.) with 32 touchdowns. His next target on PSU's career rushing list is Russ Massahos, who is second all-time with 3,276 yards from 1998-01.
A 5'11", 222-pound linebacker, Campbell (left) shared the team-high on Saturday with six tackles (five solo) and added a pass break-up and a blocked kick (which he recovered himself) that led to PSU's third touchdown. He also played reserve running back, rushing three times for 24 yards and a second-quarter touchdown from four yards out.
Campbell is seventh on the team with 21 tackles on the season, along with an interception and a pass break-up. He is also fourth on the team in rushing with 114 yards on 15 carries (7.6 avg.) and two touchdowns.
The Panthers, 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, are on the road the next two weeks for NEFC Boyd Division action, beginning this Saturday at Endicott College (12:00 p.m.)
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