Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bloomsburg’s Quiteh Named First Team All-American by Associated Press

NEW YORK, NY--Bloomsburg University freshman tailback Franklyn Quiteh (Tobyhanna, Pocono Mountain West) was named first team Little All-American by the Associated Press on Thursday. The honor comes one day after Quiteh was named first team All-American by Daktronics.

Quiteh,from Tobyhanna, Pa, led Division II in rushing yards per game with 155.0 yards per game after carrying the ball 309 times for 2,015 yards and 22 touchdowns.. His single season total is third-best in school history behind former standouts Jamar Brittingham (2,260) and Irv Sigler (2,038) and the second best mark for a freshman in Division II history. He was also the only runner in college football in 2010, at any level, to surpass 2,000 yards rushing for the year..

In 12 of  his 13 games in 2010 Quiteh rushed for more than 100 yards, recording more than 200 on three occasions. He gained a career-high 246 yards against East Stroudsburg, picked up 223 against Millersville, and had 218 versus Clarion. In a key PSAC Eastern showdown with Kutztown in early November Quiteh rushed for 194 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 61-35 win and the PSAC East title. In an NCAA opening round playoff game against California (PA) in late November he picked up 141 yards and scored twice to lead the Huskies to the victory.

During the season Quiteh was named PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week four times and was tabbed the PSAC East Freshman of the Year to accompany first-team All-PSAC East honors.

Quiteh was also one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy awarded to the NCAA Division
II College Football Player of the Year and was the only freshman on the 2010 national ballot. He was also named to the 2010 Daktronics Super Region 1 first team.

Quiteh becomes the first Bloomsburg player named Little America by A.P. since 2005 when Jahri Evans and Jamar Brittingham were both selected. In all seven players in school history have previously been named first team Little All-America; Mike Blake (1982); Frank Sheptock (1983,' 84, '85); Eric Jonassen (1991); Irv Sigler (1997); Tim Baer (1997); Jahri Evans (2005) and Jamar Brittingham (2005).

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