PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the starting offensive linemen for the Plymouth State University football team has received more post-season honors for his outstanding performance in the 2009 season.
Senior offensive tackle Zac Duval (Dover, N.H.) was recognized twice recently, earning a spot on the D3football.com All-East Region Second Team and the ECAC Division III All-Northeast Team. He is one of 76 Division III players from the NCAA East Region to be recognized by D3football.com and one of 25 players named ECAC Northeast All-Stars. Duval was honored last month with selection as New England Football Conference Boyd Division Offensive Lineman of the Year and First Team All-Star.
A 6'4", 364-pound right tackle, Duval (right) anchored a Panther offensive line that paved the way for PSU's powerful running game. The Panthers ran the ball on 535 of its 648 plays from scrimmage, averaging 4.8 yards per rush and 255 yards per game on the ground. And while PSU threw only 113 passes, the offensive line allowed only eight sacks in 10 games this year. Duval also got into the scoring act for Plymouth State, lining up at quarterback and rushing for a three-yard touchdown in PSU's 48-30 victory over Nichols College in October.
Duval is the fourth Panther in the past three years to earn All-East Region honors from D3football.com. Running back Jeff Mack was honored in both 2007 and 2008, and last year's PSU selections included defensive end Jim Sestito and offensive guard Joe Duval, Zac's older brother.
Plymouth State finished 8-3 overall under seventh-year head coach Paul Castonia. The Panthers finished in second place in the NEFC Boyd Division with a 6-1 mark, and made their third straight post-season appearance against Springfield College in the ECAC Northeast Bowl.
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