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October 20, 2008

PSU Football players named to NEFC Weekly Honor Roll

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The weekly honors continue for members of the Plymouth State University football team as two standouts were named to the New England Football Conference Weekly Honor Roll after the team's 36-9 victory last Saturday over Nichols College.

            Senior tailback Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H./Milford) and sophomore defensive back Kevin Whalen (Wallingford, Conn.) were PSU's representatives on this week's list.  Mack has been honored by the NEFC six times in seven weeks this season, four times on the weekly honor roll and twice as Co-Player of the Week, while Whalen made his second appearance on the weekly honor list.

            A 5'11", 215-pound back, Mack (right) rushed for 114 yards on 21 carries (5.4 avg.) with two touchdowns (8 and 5 yards) against the Bison, sitting out most of the second half.  His first touchdown came late in the second quarter to put the Panthers up 30-9, and his second TD came on the first drive of the third quarter to round out the scoring.

            An All-New England running back a year ago after rushing for 1,353 yards and 14 touchdowns, Mack ranks second in the NEFC this season with 1,179 yards.  He is also tied for fourth in the NEFC in scoring with 14 touchdowns. Mack continues to climb up PSU's all-time rushing list; he is now second with 3,343 yards on 593 carries (5.6 avg.) with 37 touchdowns.  He moved into the second spot last Saturday, passing Russ Massahos, who rushed for 3,276 yards and 36 TDs from 1998-01.

            A 5'9", 177-pound cornerback, Whalen (left) registered five tackles against Nichols (4 solo) and an interception (19-yard return).  His interception came with 1:40 left in the second quarter and gave PSU the ball at the Nichols 38, setting up a touchdown to give PSU a 30-9 lead at halftime.  The Panthers limited Nichols to only 13 pass completions in 36 attempts and 189 passing yards while picking off two passes.

            An All-NEFC Second Team pick a year ago, Whalen is tied for second on the team in tackles this season with 32 stops, including 27 solo tackles. He is also tied for second in interceptions with two and pass break-ups with three. Whalen was on the NEFC Honor Roll last month after making 10 tackles and an interception in a win over Coast Guard.

            The Panthers, 6-1 overall and fourth in this week's New England Division III poll, are tied for first place in the NEFC Boyd Division (4-0).  PSU will host co-leader Curry College this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in a NEFC Boyd Division showdown at Currier Field in a battle for first place. 

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