PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Another post-season honor, and the biggest one of them all, has been announced for one of the starting offensive linemen for the Plymouth State University football team, honoring his outstanding performance in the 2009 season.
Senior offensive tackle Zac Duval (Dover, N.H.) was named Honorable Mention All-America by D3football.com, becoming the 26th player in school history to earn All-America honors in football. The D3football.com All-American team was released last Saturday at the Stagg Bowl, the Division III national championship game, in Salem, Va.
Duval was previously named All-East Region Second Team by D3football.com, Northeast All-Star by the ECAC, Division II/III All-New England by the New England Football Writers, and New England Football Conference Boyd Division Offensive Lineman of the Year and First Team All-Star. He was one of just seven players from New England to receive All-America recognition this year.
A 6'4", 364-pound right tackle, Duval (left) 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 11 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 first Panther to earn All-America honors since tight end John Walters in 2001.
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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