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McGee, Flavin & Whiting Rake in Yet More Football Honors

November 26, 2001

Matt Flavin '02
Senior tight end Matt Flavin (pictured) and sophomore defensive back Paul Whiting were the only players from the NESCAC to earn Academic All-District honors
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior defensive tackle Pat McGee (Marshfield, MA) was tabbed a Division II/III All-Star by the New England football writers, while senior tight end Matt Flavin (Littleton, CO) and sophomore defensive back Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) were named to the 2001-02 Verizon Academic All-District I Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Flavin and Whiting will now move on to the national Academic All-America ballot to be released December 10. They were the only players from the New England Small College Athletic Conference to earn Academic All-District honors.

Already named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-NESCAC, McGee helped captain Amherst to a 7-1 overall record on the strength of a defense that limited opponents to a Division III low 6.1 points per game. He led the Jeffs with a single-season school record 9.5 sacks and a team-high 17 tackles for loss, and capped his career as Amherst's all-time sack leader with 29.5 in four seasons. McGee also earned First-Team All-NESCAC and Second-Team All-ECAC honors as a junior after leading the Jeffs with 12 tackles in the backfield and eight sacks, despite missing the season's final three games due to injury. Furthermore, McGee is a national nominee for the prestigious Melberger Award, presented annually by the Downtown Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Touchdown Club, which was founded and incorporated in 1991 to promote and honor student-athletes and coaches in NCAA Division III College Football.

A fellow quad-captain, Flavin earned his third postseason award in as many weeks after already snagging Second-Team All-NESCAC and Academic All-NESCAC honors. He caught only two passes in 2001 - one an 18-yard touchdown reception in a 23-0 win over Wesleyan University - but was one of the most ferocious blockers in the conference. Flavin is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection.

Meanwhile, Whiting started at cornerback on a defense that tied an NCAA record by not allowing a passing touchdown all season. He finished with 31 total tackles, including 26 unassisted, despite missing a pair of games due to injury. His best game of the season came in Amherst's October 20th shutout-win over Wesleyan, posting a team and career-high 10 tackles, nine of which were unassisted.