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November 21, 2002

Huskies Named All-PSAC in Football

BLOOMSBURG—The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) named its All-PSAC football team for the 2002 season and Bloomsburg University is well represented with 16 members of its team earning all-conference honors.

Being named first team All-PSAC East were center Brian Bingaman (Northumberland/Shikellamny); wide receiver Rocco Forgione (Peckville/Valley View); defensive ends Dave Armstrong (Doylestown/C.B. West) and Dorian Thompson (Norristown/C.B. East); linebacker Matt Keys (West Fairview/East Pennsboro) and punter Joe Deitrich (Lewisberry/Halifax).

Earning second team All-PSAC East honors were offensive guard Chris Mullin (Plymouth Meeting/Wissahickon); tight end Chris Smith (Sunbury/Shikellamny); wide receiver Tierell Johnson (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin); fullback Jamison McLaughlin (Petersburg, VA/Petersburg); quarterback Andrew Herrmann (Brookside, NJ/Mendham); defensive lineman Zach Miers (Alpha, NJ/Phillipsburg); linebackers Shawn Butler (Newtown/Council Rock) and Eric Steffen (Catawissa/Southern Columbia); defensive back Rudy Garcia (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) and return specialist BeJey Thomas (Bloomsburg/Bloomsburg).

Bingaman, a tri-captain for the Huskies in 2002, helped the team rush for 162.7 yards a game this season. He was also part of an offensive line that allowed just 17 sacks during the year, the second lowest figure in the PSAC. Bingman was a first team All-PSAC East and All-ECAC selection in 2001.

Forgione, also a tri-captain for the Huskies this season, led the team in receptions with 54; yards receiving with 1,075; touchdowns with 12; and in scoring with 72 points. Forgione's best game came against Millersville when he had a career game making seven receptions for 234 yards, an average of 33.4 yards per catch, and four touchdowns. Forgione made TD catches of 11, 39, 45 and 70 yards to tie a school record previously accomplished three other times. All seven of Bloomsburg's pass completions during the game went to Forgione. His 107.5 yards per game receiving this season led the PSAC, while his 5.4 catches per game was good enough for third in the PSAC. Forgione finished his career with 101 catches, tied for ninth all-time in school history, for 1,642 yards, seventh best all-time at Bloomsburg.

Armstrong, a transfer from Michigan, made an immediate impact for the Huskies on the defensive line. In his first game against IUP, Armstrong recorded 3.5 sacks on his way to 8.5 for the season. He finished with 44 tackles, 27 of them solo, and 15 tackles for loss. Armstrong also was a key blocker on offense in goal line situations.

Thompson was a key part of a defensive front that limited opponents to just 118.1 yards per game rushing, second lowest figure in the PSAC. For the year, Thompson finished with 29 tackles, nine of them solo stops. He also had 3.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss. His best game of the season came against West Chester when he made seven tackles and had 1.5 sacks.

Keys, a 2002 tri-captain for the Huskies, finished third on the team with 79 tackles, 32 of them solo. Keys also had two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery. A four-year starter for the Huskies, Keys was a second team All-PSAC East choice last year.

Deitrich, a senior, averaged 34.1 yards a kick this season for the Huskies on 37 punts. His long for the year was 51 yards. He also had nine punts go inside the 20 and four called as fair catches. Opponents returned his punts an average of just 6.9 yards per kick and totaled just 103 return yards for the season. This is the first All-Conference selection for Deitrich.

Mullin, a junior, earns his third All-PSAC selection in three years. He was previously a first team choice last year after earning second team honors in 2000. A three-year starter, Mullin was part of an offensive line that helped the Huskies score 38 offensive touchdowns, 20 of them on the ground.

Johnson, a senior, is also earning his third All-PSAC award in three years after previously being named first team in 2001 and second team two years ago. Johnson ended the year with 29 receptions for 544 yards and four scores. His best games of the year were against Shippensburg when he caught two passes for 100 yards and two scores, and Kutztown, when he caught six passes for 85 yards. Johnson finished his career with 107 receptions, tied for seventh best all-time at Bloomsburg, for 2,052 yards, fifth best all-time.

Smith, a senior, earns his first All-PSAC honor. Smith was a key blocker in the Huskies offensive attack. He also caught four passes for 65 yards during the season, averaging 16.2 yards a reception.

McLaughlin, a senior, picks up his first All-PSAC honor. McLaughlin finished third on the team in rushing with 143 yards coming on 34 carries. He also scored six touchdowns and caught three passes for 28 yards. A devastating blocker throughout his career, McLaughlin became one of the Huskies “go-to” guys around the goal line this year as evidenced by his six rushing touchdowns.

Herrmann earns second team honors in his only season as a starter for the Huskies. The senior completed 124 of 231 passes for 1,975 yards with 14 interceptions and 18 touchdowns. Hermann's best passing day during the season was a 17-25 effort for 280 yards with one interception and three touchdowns against Lock Haven. Herrmann also threw four touchdowns in a win over Millersville. Herrmann's 1,975 yards passing was the ninth-best single season mark in school history, while his career total of 2,041 yards is eighth best on the team's all-time list.

Miers, a senior defensive tackle, finished with 22 tackles, 10 of them solo stops this season. Miers also had four sacks and seven tackles for loss. His best game of the year was against West Chester when he made four solo stops, including one sack. Miers is a repeat selection to the All-PSAC second team.

Butler, a junior, led the Huskies with 94 tackles this season, 52 of them solo. He also had 3.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He intercepted one pass and broke up two others. Had one of his best games this season against Slippery Rock when he recorded 13 total tackles, six of them solo, with two sacks and four tackles for loss. For his efforts he was named the PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week. Butler had a career-high 15 tackles in a win over Mansfield and also made 14 stops against Shippensburg.

Steffen, also a junior, was second on the team in tackles with 91, with 47 of them solo stops. He also had five sacks and a team-high 18 tackles for loss. Butler also intercepted two passes and broke up two others. Steffen was the PSAC East and national Defensive Player of the Week for his game against West Chester. Against the Golden Rams he recorded 14 tackles, including nine solo, two tackles for loss, a sack for minus 11 yards and a game-clinching interception. West Chester was held to 248 yards of total offense, 161 yards below its season average.

Garcia, a senior, is a second team All-PSAC East selection for the fourth time in his career. Garcia finished the 2002 season with 27 tackles, nine of them solo hits. He also tied for the team lead in interceptions with three, had a team-high eight pass breakups and made one tackle for loss.

Thomas, a junior, made an impact in punt returns for the Huskies after handling punt returns in just three games. In his first game against Slippery Rock, Thomas had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown to help lead Bloomsburg to a win. He finished the year with 10 returns for 219 yards, an average of 21.9 per game. He was injured in the Kutztown game and did not return any punts the final four games of the season. As a safety, Thomas was solid, making 31 tackles, 22 solo hits, and coming up with one interception and three pass breakups.

Bloomsburg finished the year with a record of 8-2 and were co-champs of the PSAC Eastern Division with a 5-1 record. It is the third straight PSAC East title for coach Danny Hale and his eighth overall with the team.

First Team

bingaman forgione armstrong thompson
Brian Bingaman
Rocco Forgione
Wide Receiver
Dave Armstrong
Dorian Thompson
keys deitrich
Matt Keys
Joe Deitrich

Second Team

mullin smith johnson herrmann
Chris Mullin
Chris Smith
Tight End
Tierell Johnson
Wide Receiver
Andrew Herrmann
mclaughlin thomas miers butler
Jamison McLaughlin
BeJey Thomas
Return Specialist
Zach Miers
Shawn Butler
steffen garcia
Eric Steffen
Rudy Garcia
Defensive Back