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McGee Named to 24th Annual Hewlett-Packard NCAA Division III All-America Team

December 12, 2001

All-American Pat McGee '02
McGee capped his career as Amherst's all-time sack leader with 29.5 in four seasons
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior quad-captain Pat McGee (Marshfield, MA/Boston College HS) cemented his standing as one of the best defensive tackles in school history by being named to the 24th Annual Hewlett-Packard NCAA Division III Football All-America Team on Wednesday. A Third-Team selection, McGee was one of just two players from the New England Small College Athletic Conference to be so honored, along with Tufts University senior offensive guard Mike Willey, who earned honorable mention status.

McGee led Amherst with a single-season school record 9.5 sacks (11th most in the nation) and a team-high 17 tackles for loss (19th most in the nation) in 2001, and capped his career as Amherst's all-time sack leader with 29.5 in four seasons. His senior campaign was particularly notable, captaining the Jeffs to a 7-1 overall record and leading a defense that limited opponents to an NCAA-low 6.1 points per game and tied a 21-year old NCAA record by not allowing a passing touchdown all season long.

McGee earned a wealth of postseason accolades along the way, including NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team ECAC Division III All-Northeast. He was also tabbed a Division II/III All-Star by the New England football writers and named to the 2001 Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-East Region Second-Team, as selected by the region's sports information directors.

A total of 114 players from 73 schools were named to the Hewlett Packard Division III All-America Team, which was selected by a panel of 30 sports information directors representing the division's four playoff regions. Voters made first, second and third-team selections with candidates receiving votes on a 25-15-10 point scale. In addition to the top three teams, players who received 110 or more points earned honorable mention status.

Mount Union (OH) College, which plays for the NCAA Division III Championship this Saturday in Salem, VA, against Bridgewater (VA) University, placed five representatives on the elite squad. Widener (PA) University, which lost to Bridgewater in one of last Saturday's national semifinal games, was the only other school to place five on the team. Hardin-Simmons (TX) University had four representatives.

Running back Chuck Moore of Mount Union and fullback Mike Johnson of Bethel were the only unanimous selections, receiving all 30 first-team votes at their positions for a total of 750 points. Moore, a second-team selection last year, was joined on the first-team by two other second-team members from 2000, wide receiver Nate Jackson of Menlo (CA) College, and defensive back T.J. Hess of Widener. The only repeat first-team selection from a year ago was linebacker Jeremiah Janssen of St. Norbert (WI) College.

The ballot included 423 players representing 160 of the 228 NCAA Division III (non-scholarship) football-playing institutions. Teams with two or fewer losses were allowed five nominations, teams .500 or better could nominate up to three players, and schools finishing below .500 were allotted two nominations.

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