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Huskies’ Clarke, Quiteh named first team All-Americans

December 19. 2013 3:27PM
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BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University offensive lineman and Hanover Area grad Brian Clarke opened plenty of holes this season for senior running back Franklyn Quiteh.

Fittingly, both were named to the 2013 first-team Daktronics All America squad released Wednesday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Quiteh, from Pocono Mountain West High School, was named the Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year, while Northwest Missouri State’s Matt Longacre was named the Ron Lenz Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Quiteh and Clarke on the squad was Bloomsburg’s Larry Webster, who was named to the second team.

Quiteh, a three-time Harlon Hill Finalist, led the Huskies to the NCAA Division II playoffs in three of his four seasons, including second-round showings in 2010 and 2013.

An offensive lineman, Clarke, a national finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award for the second straight year, is also a Daktronics first team All-America for the second straight time. He was previously named first team All-PSAC East for the third consecutive season. Clarke, who made 38 career starts, was part of an offensive line that helped Bloomsburg be the fifth-ranked rushing offense in the nation at over 313 yards rushing per game. The offensive line also powered an offense, which broke the school record for points in a season (474) and finished second in school history in rushing yardage (3,762 yards) and touchdowns scored (63). Among some of Clarke’s other career honors including being a 2012 second team AP Little All-America and a second team All-America as well as honorable mention on the 2012 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team.

Quiteh, a 5-10, 206-pounder led the nation in rushing yards (2,195), rushing yards per game (182.9), rushing touchdowns (29) and scoring (15.7) this season. Quiteh is the first player in NCAA Division II history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season three times in his career and also broke the Division II mark for most games with more than 100 yards rushing with 42. He closes his career as D2’s second all-time leading rusher with 7,523 yards.

Quiteh also garnered Daktronics All-America first-team honors as a freshman in 2010 and again as a junior in 2012. Quiteh has also been named a 2013 first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and was the PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-PSAC.

In his career Quiteh has three times been named to the AFCA All-America team as well as being a two-time Associated Press (AP) Little All-America.

Webster, a defensive end, is a second team All-America for the first time in his short career. A finalist for the Cliff Harris Division II Defensive Player of the Year, he made a large impact on the Huskies. The former basketball standout made his transition to the gridiron last year by setting the school record for sacks in a season with 13.5. He added to that total by compiling 12.5 sacks this year along with 49 tackles including 28 solo stops, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He notched another school record with four sacks in a victory at Kutztown in September. Webster also finished the regular season leading the nation in sack yardage with 102.

Former WVC stars lead Cougars on MAC honor roll Misericordia University has placed 72 student-athletes on the Middle Atlantic Conferences fall Academic Honor Roll, including eight Wyoming Valley Conference products.

Misericordia’s contingent is the largest of the 18 MAC institutions.

Local honorees included Alyssa Mocion (soccer, Holy Redeemer), Sara Sabatino (cross country/Crestwood), Jeremy Osko (cross country/Hanover Area), Zach Bottone (cross country/Coughlin), Josh Krall (cross country/Wyoming Area), Carl Daubert (cross country/Hanover Area), A.J. Limongelli (cross country/Holy Redeemer) and Lindsay Hischak (field hockey/Crestwood).

To qualify for the MAC Academic Honor Roll, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.20 while participating in a varsity sport.

Times Leader staff

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