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October 12, 2011

PSU player receives N.E. Football Writers Gold Helmet Award

Versatile Panther star Mulcahy honored

(To view the video of the Plymouth State portion of the New England Football Writers Assoc. luncheon on Oct. 12, click here)

            CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University quarterback Colton Chapple and Plymouth State University defensive back Christian Mulcahy (Norwich, Conn.) received the New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Awards for week six of the 2011 college football season. 

            The Harvard quarterback sparked a second- half comeback for the Crimson, passing for three touchdowns after halftime to lift Harvard to a 41-31 victory. Cornell drew first blood in the contest, but Chapple responded finding Adam Chrissis on an 11-yard score late in the first quarter. Trailing midway through the third quarter, the Alpharetta, Ga., native would breakout tallying three scores in under eight minutes. Chapple completed touchdown passes of 11, 42, 27 and 26 yards in the victory, amassing a career-high 414 yards in the process.

            Plymouth State's Mulcahy (far right) was a jack of all trades on Saturday, producing on defense, kick returns, and kicked the game-deciding field goal, as the Panthers defeated MIT 30-27 on Saturday. Listed as defensive back on the roster, Mulcahy secured two interceptions, recorded a career-long 62-yard punt, a 57-yard kickoff return, kicked three extra points and hit a 42-yard field goal to secure the victory. This is the second week in a row that the Norwich, Conn., native has turned in this kind of performance, tallying two interceptions, two tackles, four extra-points and a kick return for a touchdown against Nichols the weekend prior.

            Mulcahy's outburst the last two weeks has elevated him in the NCAA Division III and NEFC rankings.  He leads the 16-team NEFC and ranks fifth in NCAA Division III in kickoff return average (34.6 yards/return), and ranks third the NEFC in punting (37.3 yards/punt). He is also tied for second in the NEFC and tied for 23rd nationally in interceptions (4) and tied for fifth in the NEFC in passes defended (1.33 per game). 

Date   

Division I   

Division II/III   

Sept. 7

Pushaun Brown, RB, Maine

Bryce Brown, QB, Western New England   

Sept. 14

Joey Orland, WR, New Hampshire

Matt Silva, QB, Framingham State

Sept. 21

Kyle-NewhallCaballero, QB, Brown

Bobby Tarr, RB, Bentley

Sept. 28

Kevin Decker, QB, New Hampshire

Bryant Johnson, QB, Bentley

Oct. 5

Pushaun Brown, RB, Maine

Phil Konopka, QB, Endicott

Oct. 12

Colton Chapple, QB, Harvard

Christian Mulcahy, DB, Plymouth State

(Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications) 

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