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November 20, 2013

Three PSU Football players earn All-MASCAC Honors

Giles, Morgan, Smith represent Panthers for 2013

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University football team were recognized Wednesday for their outstanding performances this fall, earning selection to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) All-Conference Teams for 2013.

            Junior placekicker Rob Giles (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) was named to the All-MASCAC First Team, while senior linebacker Josh Morgan (Foster, R.I./Ponaganset) and junior return specialist Chris Smith (Merrimack, N.H.) were Second Team selections.  The All-Conference teams are selected in a vote by the MASCAC head coaches.

            A 5-10, 163-pound kicker, Giles completed an outstanding rookie season for the Panthers.  He was 26-of-27 on extra point kicks and 12-for-14 on field goal attempts, establishing a new school standard for field goals in a season. He also equaled the PSU standard for field goals in a game (3), accomplishing the feat twice, against both Framingham State University and Fitchburg State University.

            Giles led the MASCAC in 2013 in field goals, field goal percentage, extra point percentage and total points. He is currently ranked 11th in the NCAA Division III in field goals per game (1.2) and 23rd in field goal percentage (.857).

            A 6-1, 218-pound linebacker, Morgan earns All-Conference honors for the second straight season, having received All-New England Football Conference selection a year ago.  He led PSU and ranked sixth in the conference this season in tackles (72), which included 7.5 tackles for lost yardage and one sack. Morgan was a standout on special teams, making numerous tackles and blocking three kicks, and the former quarterback took snaps from center the last few weeks of the season, rushing for 151 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns.

            A 5-9, 186-pound defensive back, Smith averaged 30.6 yards per kick return, including an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Bridgewater State University.  Smith also took over as starting punter the last half of the season, averaging 33.7 yards a boot, and he ranked seventh on the team with 34 tackles.

            The Panthers finished the 2013 campaign with a 2-8 overall record, and a1-7 mark in the inaugural season of MASCAC Football.

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