Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Freed Earns Spot on Daktronics Division II All-America 2nd Team

EAST STROUDSBURG – Outside linebacker Matt Freed was named to the Daktronics Division II All-America second team on Tuesday, becoming the first football player in East Stroudsburg University history to earn three All-America honors from the same organization.

Freed (Souderton/Souderton) was named the Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season last week and was previously named to the All-America first team following the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

The Daktronics All-Region and All-America squads are nominated and voted on by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The Associated Press Little All-America team is expected to be announced later this week; Freed has been a member of the third team in each of the past two seasons on the team which recognizes the top players in Division II, Division III and NAIA football.

Freed had 120 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks as a redshirt senior, ranking ninth in Division II with 10.9 tackles per game and fourth with 6.1 solo tackles per game (67 in 11 games) during the regular season. He reached the 100-tackle plateau and led the PSAC in solo tackles for the third straight season, and had 80 tackles, 10.5 TFL and 6.5 sacks in five games vs. the PSAC East.

He finished his career with 399 tackles, 45 TFL, 22.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five interceptions as a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. He had 132 tackles, 18 TFL and 10 sacks in 12 games during the Warriors’ NCAA Playoff season in 2009, and 126 tackles, 11 TFL, four sacks and four interceptions in his first season as a starter in 2008.

Freed was one of six regional candidates and the only defensive player among the 24 national candidates for the Harlon Hill Award, which is given to the top player in Division II. He was also selected to play in the Cactus Bowl, Division II’s Senior All-Star game, which will be held at Texas A&M-Kingsville on January 7.

Scholastically, Freed is a two-time first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, a three-time first team Academic All-District selection and a national semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation.

Freed is one of three PSAC players on the Daktronics All-America team and the only one on the defensive side of the ball. Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh, the nation’s leading rusher, and Slippery Rock offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, the Gene Upshaw Award winner as the top lineman in Division II, were both named to the first team offense.

Freed’s selection gives ESU at least one selection on the Daktronics All-America squad in eight of the past 11 seasons since 2000. Previous selections include punter Nick Krut (1st team) in 2008; wide receiver Evan Prall (2nd team) in 2006; quarterback Jimmy Terwilliger (1st team), Prall (2nd team) and punter Ken Parrish (2nd team) in 2005; defensive back Matt Crispell (1st team) and Terwilliger (2nd team) in 2004; punter Adam Hostetter (1st team) and offensive guard Jim Sodano (2nd team) in 2001; linebacker Kevin Nagle (1st team) in 2000; wide receiver Mike Mancuso (1st team) and quarterback Damian Poalucci (2nd team) in 1996; and kicker Matt Seagreaves (2nd team) and offensive tackle Steve Hynes (3rd team) in 1994.

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